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Franklin Graham: ‘Are Christians The Only People Who Cannot Identify Themselves Publicly?’



Billy Graham’s son thinks that Christians, who comprise 70 percent of the U.S. population, all have been forced into the closet.

Franklin Graham is the far-less popular, far-less charismatic, and far-less optimistic son of the Rev. Billy Graham. His father advised several presidents and held great evangelical “crusades” in stadiums. Franklin Graham posts on Facebook and manages the remainder of his 96-year old father’s affairs.

The younger Graham took a moment out from his daily posting on Facebook of prayers to each member of the U.S. Supreme Court (it’s unknown if the scion is actually Facebook friends with any of the Justices) begging them to, for instance, in the case of his prayer to Justice Alito yesterday, “have wisdom and stand strong for what we know is God’s unchanging truth– Marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman.”

What interrupted him?

A Fox News story about an Air Force General the Military Religious Freedom Foundation apparently wants court-marshaled because he preached the gospel on TV in uniform, a violation of military code.

LOOK: Billy Graham’s Son Blames Obama For The Coming ‘Storm’ Of Christian Persecution (Video)

“Are Christians the only group of people who cannot identify themselves publicly in this country?,” Graham asked on Facebook earlier today. “Are we the only voices who cannot speak?”

Apparently, Graham believes now that the 70 percent of Americans who identify as Christian have all been forced into the closet. Perhaps there will be a Christ-dar sense Graham’s fellow closeted Christians will be forced to develop, or a secret handshake? How will Christians know one another if they are closeted?

“Come on–Whose civil liberties are really being infringed on here?,” Graham demands his followers tell him. “They want to bully Christians into silence.”

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins was quick to tweet Graham’s post:

Conveniently, Graham is playing right into this past week’s massive Fox News coverage of Kirsten Powers new book, The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech.

On Twitter, equality advocates have taken over the Hashtag right-wing activists were using, #TheSilencing, to intelligently mock the perception that liberals are silencing conservatives and Christians.

Those groups, conservatives and Christians, have their own top-rated and most-watched cable news channel, Fox News, along with far more right-wing news sites and blogs – funded by right-wing interests – than liberals ever have had.

Meanwhile, in the majority of states, if LGBT people identify themselves publicly, they can be fired, forced from their homes, bullied, beaten, and ostracized. In almost every state, LGBTQ minors who identify themselves can be forced to undergo harmful and dangerous “conversion” therapy if their parents wish. 



Franklin Graham Cries, ‘Christians Being Attacked’ After Saying Gays ‘Recruit’ Kids For Sex

Watch: Evangelicals Franklin Graham And Ralph Reed Bash Gays For Easter (Video)

Watch: Franklin Graham Says Gays ‘Cannot Have Children’ But Can ‘Recruit’ Them


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‘You Don’t See Any Hypocrisy?’ Chris Wallace Filets Tom Cotton by Replaying His Merrick Garland Speech



Fox News host Chris Wallace accused Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) of hypocrisy on Sunday after he vowed to push forward with a vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an election year.

“Why the rush to judgement?” Wallace asked Cotton after the senator promised a swift vote on President Donald Trump’s eventual nominee.

“We’re not going to rush,” Cotton insisted. “We not going to skip steps. We’re going to move forward without delay.”

Wallace reminded Cotton that President Barack Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

“Senate Republicans blocked the choice of Garland,” Wallace noted before playing a clip of Cotton defending the move at the time.

In the clip, Cotton notes that the country will have a new president “in a few short months.”

“Why would we cut off the national debate about this next justice?” Cotton says in the clip. “Why would we squelch the voice of the people, why would we deny the voters a chance to weigh in on the make up of the Supreme Court?”

Wallace continued following the clip: “Garland was nominated nine months before the election and you were saying then, nine months before the election, it was wrong to deny voters a chance to weigh in. So if it was wrong then nine months before the election, why is it OK now six weeks before the election?”

For his part, Cotton argued that Republicans won the Senate in 2014 to stop President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations, and then he claimed that the current Republican Senate is in power to uphold nominations by President Donald Trump.

“You really don’t think there is any hypocrisy at all,” Wallace pressed, “in saying, we need to give voters — because you can parse the 2014 election, the 2018 election any way you want — but you stated a pretty firm principle in 2016 about Merrick Garland: It’s wrong to deny voters a chance to weigh in.”

“You don’t see any hypocrisy between that position then and this position now?” the Fox News host wondered.

“Chris, the Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us,” Cotton opined.

Watch the video below from Fox News.


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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls



President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Republican state leaders threaten violence in “coming war” with Black Lives Matter



Michael Brown, member of the Johnson Country commission

This week, two local Republican leaders published and then deleted social media posts which threatened violence in an imminent right-wing clash against Black Lives Matter and Antifa (anti-fascist) activists.

First, Iron County, Utah commissioner Paul Cozzens published a now-deleted picture showing a soldier with a gun and the words: “Warning to BLM & Antifa—Once you’ve managed to defund & eliminate the police, there’s nobody protecting you from us. Remember that.”

Cozzens later told Newsweek that he never supports violence against protestors but merely wanted to say that “If we defund the police, fathers and mothers will be forced to protect their families and properties which would descend us into anarchy.”

What Cozzens may not realize is that many Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists already believe that police do a terrible job protecting them from right-wing violence. Such activists have sometimes been subject to violence from the police themselves, bringing into doubt the whole question of whether police “protect” them from anything.

Second, Michael Brown — a Republican member of the Johnson County Commission in Kansas City, Missouri — published a now-deleted Facebook message in which he urged his followers to “buy a firearm and ammunition” for “the coming war” that is both “inevitable” and caused by left-wing police reform activists and Democratic leaders who are “silent” and “weak.”

“[This] isn’t a joke or hyperbole,” Brown wrote. “I’d rather fight and die than live in their dictated world.”

In response, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wrote on Twitter, “At a time when heated rhetoric rarely surprises me, I have to admit shock in seeing something like this from a local elected. Gross distortions; encouraging constituents to prepare for armed war w/political opponents? This is reckless. This is racist. This is wrong. Just stop.”

Brown later said that he had made the post in response to Monday reports of a gunman who opened fire on a parked sheriff’s squad car, killing two officers in Los Angeles. Brown said he was “speaking out against violence and calling on other electeds, community leaders and citizens to do the same.”

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