Franklin Graham, who NEVER preaches hate, defends hate preacher

Franklin Graham, who NEVER preaches hate, defends hate preacher February 15, 2020

LAST Tuesday there were chaotic scenes in the Virginia House of Delegates when Rev Robert Grant Jr, in delivering an invocation, began railing against homosexuality.

A number of lawmakers walked out of the house when Grant unleashed a seven-minute homophobic diatribe on the House floor.

Grant, of the Father’s Way Church in Warrenton, Virginia was stupidly invited to give the opening prayer for the legislative session. Stupid because prayer should have no place in ANY political arena, so the legislator who invited him – delegate Michael Webert, a Republican – was much to blame for the chaos in the house as the pastor.

After warning House members they were at risk of suffering God’s wrath for not following the words of the Bible, Grant began targeting same-sex marriage. He ranted:

Marriage is to join a biological male and a biological female in holy matrimony, not to provoke the Almighty God. Without laws to protect traditional marriage, Virginia will be reduced to increased fatherless children and welfare victims and homelessness, a tax burden to us all!

As he was speaking, someone called out:

Is this a prayer or a sermon?

Undeterred, Grant went on:

I pray that this chamber will uphold the Virginia family. That the bills and laws being passed will always protect the Biblical traditional marriage as God instructed the first man and the first woman in the Bible. That the two shall be one flesh. That the man and the woman shall be fruitful and multiply. We should never rewrite what God has declared!

Many Democrats began walking out of the sermon, and even some Republicans started moving to the back of the chamber to get as far away from Grant as possible. Eventually, Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn abruptly ended the madness by banging her gavel and breaking into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Speaking to a local media outlet afterwards, Grant said:

I think that the statehouse belongs to all the citizens. And all the citizens have a voice. If it’s my turn to have a voice, and I am a pastor, what do you expect from me? If you don’t want to hear what a pastor has to say, then don’t invite one.

Outrage over Grant’s words was bipartisan. Delegate Luke Torian, a Democrat said:

It was totally disrespectful to all of us, all of us in this House.

Delegate Matt Fariss, a Republican, added:

I don’t know if he was ill-instructed or didn’t realize what he was here to do. This wasn’t the place or the time to do all of that. This is a time we need to be working together and not being divisive.

But evangelist Franklin Graham, whose planned tour of the UK lies in tatters, yesterday came galloping to support Grant, saying on Facebook he “loved this guy” and he believed Grant was:

A guy who’s got guts for Jesus. Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates treated this African American pastor with contempt. Rev. Dr. Robert M. Grant, Jr., was invited to pray and he took a stand for life, marriage, and biblical principles.

They didn’t want to hear the truth. But what Pastor Grant said was truth. He’s right – these are crucial times. He urged lawmakers to honor God’s laws and be aware of His judgment. I just love this guy.

Meanwhile Graham is insisting that his UK summer tour WILL go ahead, despite having his booking contracts torn up by a number of venues because of his hateful anti-gay and anti-abortion sermons. What’s more it will be bigger and better. He told Premier his views aren’t different to most Christians.

I believe the Bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s the Church of England’s position. I think Her Majesty the Queen, that’s her position and it’s the position of the Church, pretty much worldwide. This is what the Bible teaches and that’s what I believe.

Addressing the “friendly fire'” which has seen numerous church groups speak out against him and those who traditionally would have supported his visit – such as the Evangelical Alliance and the Archbishop of Canterbury – refusing to give their public support, he said:

That’s certainly their right to do that. But at the same time, by telling people not to come, sometimes that encourages people to come and I hope that’s the case.

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He has the support of the contemptible Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg, above, an upper-class Catholic twit who has spawned six kids with ridiculous names, including Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius.

The deeply homophobic “Greasy-Smog” said in this report that the “no-platforming” of Graham is an example of:

A particularly disagreeable modern trend. The UK has robust protections for freedom of speech and freedom of religion and the price of living in a free, plural society is tolerating views and beliefs we disagree with or are even offended by.

This is fundamentally important. It is a sad truth that many people who tout themselves as being liberal are only liberal about what they like and are very intolerant of views they disagree with.

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  • Jim Jones

    He has the right to speak. He doesn’t have the right to use buildings he doesn’t own. Apparently these ‘conservatives’ don’t believe in private property or capitalism.

  • Machintelligence

    “If you don’t want to hear what a pastor has to say, then don’t invite one.”
    Perhaps they will learn from this mistake and take his advice to heart.

  • Joe_Buddha

    Seriously? Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius? He should have cribbed from Monty Python. At least “Smith Smythe Smith” had a sort of rhythm to it.

  • WallofSleep

    “Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates treated this African American pastor with contempt.”

    Well, he’s a contemptible man with contemptible views, so…

  • Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

  • frostysnowman

    Who probably treats others with contempt.

  • Oh, yeah, he’s totally not hateful, he just has “opinions” about “certain kinds of people” and what rights they should (not) have.

  • Could have been Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore…

  • barriejohn

    Those of us who have had experience of nonconformist meetings will most certainly have all been the victims at some time of “extempore prayer” – i.e. preaching to a captive audience, often on some pet subject or current controversy, as that is all that it is.

    “We thank Thee, Heavenly Father, that Thou hast revealed to us in Thy Holy Word that…blah, blah, blah”, and so it goes on.

    They tend to ramble on for hours on end as well, as no one has the temerity to tell them to shut up, though there is the apocryphal tale of one brother (and we are talking mainly about men here) who was so long-winded that one of the elders stood up and said: “While Brother … is finishing his prayer we might join in singing hymn number …”. Maybe.

    There is also the equally apocryphal story, which I think I have related before, of the brother who got up after a particularly long and all-encompassing prayer to say: “Lord, we pray for the Eskimos, because they’re the only ones who haven’t been prayed for!”

  • Ann Kah

    I’m intolerant of intolerance. That’s the only position a thinking person can take.

  • Jennny

    His 6th child is named Sixtus…which I misread with an ‘e’ instead of an ‘i’…good luck with that when he goes to Eton…and his dad is often referred to as ‘The Honourable Minister for the 19th Century.’ I’m sorry he’s kept his position as leader of the House of Commons’ in last week’s government re-shuffle.

  • Jennny

    I was told the long-prayer interruption story too when I moved in Brethren circles. I add the true story of a non-xtian friend who got invited to lunch, along with several others, by a Brethren family and she started eating when her plate was placed in front of her. The head of the house tapped the table and announced ‘Grace’ and thanked the lord ‘for the food we are about to eat and for the food our dear sister has already eaten.’

  • Stephen Mynett

    I was at a charity lunch and had the misfortune to have some sort of minister on our table and despite there being no formal grace he insisted on saying one. He did not seem best pleased when I pointed out to him that he went to great length to thank his god but made no mention of the farmers, food producers, chefs and waiters who played a considerable part in us enjoying the meal.

  • barriejohn

    My Christian friends always made a big thing about publicly “Giving Thanks” when eating out. It made their day. I never did; it’s quite easy to thank god for your food silently without putting on a massive display, but then that’s what it’s all about really. And I remember one of them, who was always most keen on these public displays of piety, actually saying at his wedding: “This is the second happiest day of my life; the happiest was when I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal saviour.” I’m not kidding. They don’t realise just how stupid that sort of thing makes them look.

  • barriejohn

    Still waiting for this news to hit the mainstream media:

  • Lauren Greene

    Drawing a connection between gay people and fatherless children, welfare, and homelessness is quite a leap. I don’t think I’ve heard one instance of a god-bothering hypocrite preach about child molestation – hmmm…

  • Vanity Unfair

    He should be all right with Sixtus. De Pfeffel did not seem to do much harm either.

  • barriejohn

    Isn’t naming your child “Number Six” a mark of desperation?

  • Meurig ap Gweirydd

    He also has no right to expect people to listen to him, or to speak uninterrupted by other people exercising their right to free speech – something Riech Whingers seem to forget.

  • Barry Duke

    At a company Xmas lunch in a restaurant some years back, a newly-employed young writer – who let everyone know at his first day at work that he was a “saved” evangelical – suggested we all say grace. Our managing director snapped “fuck that, our food’s getting cold!” Later the insufferable little twat started leaving Chick tracts and other religious crap on colleagues’ desks.

    I retaliated by dumping 12 copies of the Freethinker on his workspace. He then lodged an official “religious discrimination” complaint against me. I was vindicated by the company. He resigned on the spot and brought a constructive dismissal case to an an employment tribunal that found that he had no case as it was clear that he had been religiously harassing fellow workers.

  • Eric Schmitz

    “[F]reedom of religion and the price of living in a free, plural
    society is tolerating views and beliefs we disagree with or are even
    offended by.”

    Like, oh, I dunno, maybe… same-sex marriage?

  • If you don’t want to hear what a pastor has to say, then don’t invite one.

    How ’bout that?! The pastor identified the problem himself. Good for you, reverend.

  • LaGioiella

    Then Franklin Graham doesn’t mind people hunting him down and hanging his fake Christian body from a tree because after all the Bible says, “you reap what you sow?”

  • barriejohn

    Don’t you mean “sharing Jesus with his fellow workers”? &#128522

  • Robert Baden

    I am not a number! I am a free man!

  • Stephen Mynett

    Good job he had not heard of the Christian Legal Centre (perhaps they were not about them), otherwise you may have got to meet Andrea Minchywhatsit Williams face to face. What a horrifying thought.

  • barriejohn

    Good job it wasn’t 666, though there do seem to be resemblances to The Omen!