Quote of the Moment: Destroying the Country to Save It

Mother Jones on Franklin Graham:

As Graham denounced the Obama years, Newsmax’s Kathleen Walter asked, “So we’ve become too secular a nation? How do we bring God back into government?” Graham replied:

Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees—to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.

Yeah, I know that this is basically the plot of every story in the Old Testament. But could you cut to the chase like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and just say “Goddamn America!”

Of course, Wright was concerned about 300 years of racial oppression, genocide and other injustices, while Graham is worried about icky gay people getting married. So clearly Wright is a dangerous influence while Graham is a respected statesman.

  • Lester Ballard

    Not a surprise. I bet Graham loves the Doomsday Preppers show on NatGeo. If people have to survive an apocalyptic scenario, they’ll be much more inclined to “turn to “god” And to blame the other for what has happened.

    • vasaroti

      It seems to me the preppers are following Mohammed’s advice, not Jesus’ : “Trust in God, but tie up your camel.” I’ve watched a few episodes, and I’ve yet to hear a prepper say they’ll turn to God for any flaws in their planning.

    • Raymond

      Yep, gotta be pretty damned desparate to turn to an invisble sky daddy to save you. What I don’t get is like Graham and his ilk have been beating the same tired worn-out old drumbeat about Jesus Saves crap for their entire life, whereas the phrase I hear is something like, “but when I became a man I put away childish things,” but these suckers are in the midst of a type of arrested development and haven’t had their brain advance beyond what fairytales that as kids they believed wholeheartedly…for only a little while, but these guys are grown frigging adults.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Strangely enough, the last time our country was brought to the verge of an economic meltdown(2008), the president was a fervent Christian who used his time in office to systematically undercut separation of church and state.

  • FO

    I wonder how much the passion for a slate start is rooted in the human mind.
    I think it has to do with the unwillingness to cope and understand complex, bloated and imperfect things, which is quite understandable.

  • smrnda

    You know, Christians like Franklin Graham were fervently seeking their god, hoping he would keep Obama from being re-elected. Mission, failure. Maybe the reason people aren’t seeking their god is that the guy just isn’t delivering results?

    Also, I’m sure in the event of a financial collapse, Franklin will be able to cash in on his father’s reputation and will be able to weather the storm in grand opulence. He wants the *little people* to be miserable so that his ideology can triumph. What a saint…

  • Raymond

    @vorjack , Ha Ha I almost pissed myself when you said this: “But could you cut to the chase like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and just say “Goddamn America!” That hit me as so funny when I read it.