Franklin Graham is apoplectic over the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, and he want to make sure you know it.
Franklin Graham, the less-charismaticÂ son of iconic evangelical preacher Rev. Billy Graham, took to Facebook several times over the past few days to lament the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marryÂ â€“ and to try to rebrand the rainbow.
Unlike his well-respected father, who was a trusted advisor to many presidents, Franklin Graham spends much of his political capital attacking the LGBT community, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage.Â
Saying the Supreme Court is “not entitled to re-define” marriage, Graham went on to “pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.”
“You better be ready and you better be prepared because itâ€™s coming.Â There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.”
And, of course, the endless claims about sin.
“Iâ€™m disappointed because the government is recognizing sin,” Graham told Starnes. “This court is endorsing sin. Thatâ€™s what homosexuality is â€“ a sin against god.”
“God gave us marriage. Period. And God doesnâ€™t change his mind,” he said, apparently ignoring the entire New Testament, not to mention Jesus’ actual teachings.
Back on Facebook, Graham wrote,
â€œPride goeth before a fall.â€ Supreme Court Justice Scalia used Proverbs 16:18 in his comments regarding the courtâ€™s disappointing and dangerous ruling about same-sex marriage. He rightly called the decision â€œa threat to the American democracy.â€ This is so true. Arrogantly disregarding Godâ€™s authority always has serious consequences. Our nation will not like whatâ€™s at the end of this rainbow.
And got really, really mad that gay people â€“ and President Barack Obama â€“Â have been using the rainbow as a symbol of equality and diversity.
“The President had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage,” Graham posted to Facebook. “This is outrageousâ€”a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored.”
Graham has never once complained that President Obama stuffs the White House every year with dozens of Christmas trees thatÂ millions of Americans who are not Christian might not support.
“God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment,” Graham preached. “God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped Godâ€™s judgment with his family.”
“The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world,” Graham continued. “But one day God is going to judge sinâ€”all sin. Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment. That righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one.”
“So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many peopleâ€™s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of Godâ€™s judgment to come,” he said, trying to rebrand and co-opt the rainbow. “Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?”
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ABC Host Pops Marco Rubio’s Balloon Rant: It ‘Happened Three Times’ Under Trump
ABC host Jonathan Karl reminded Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) that former President Donald Trump had failed to notify Americans on at least three occasions when Chinese balloons entered the country’s airspace.
During an interview on ABC, Karl asked Rubio if President Joe Biden should have gone against the advice of the U.S. military and instead shot the balloon down over populated land.
Rubio agreed that the debris could have “hurt, harmed or killed people.”
“If that was the case, then I think it really would have been helpful for the president of the United States to get on national television and explain to the American people, this is what we’re dealing with, this is what I’m going to do about it, and this is why I haven’t done it yet. None of that happened. And I don’t know why. I don’t know why they waited so long to tell people about this.”
But Karl pointed out that Trump had failed to disclose similar incidents at least three times.
“This happened three times under the previous president,” the host said. “Obviously, there were no public notifications there.”
Burn Bags and Use of Personal Email: Justices’ Security Practices Even Worse Than Leak Investigation Showed
Multiple sources familiar with the court’s operations told CNN that justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive communications, employees used printers that didn’t produce logs and “burn bags” to collect sensitive materials for destruction were often left open and unattended in hallways.
“This has been going on for years,” one former employee said.
Some justices were slow to adopt email technology — they were “not masters of information security protocol,” according to one source — and court employees were afraid to confront them over the security risks.
Supreme Court marshal Gail Curley in her investigative report noted that printer logs intended to track document production were insufficient, but a former employee said employees who had VPN access could print documents from any computer, and remote work during COVID-19 shutdowns and otherwise meant draft opinions could have been taken from the building in violation of court guidelines.
Curley’s report noted that court methods for destroying sensitive documents should be improved, but three employees said striped burn bags supplied to chambers were often left sitting out unattended, and each justice had their own protocols for disposing of court documents.
A source familiar with court security practices said some colleagues stapled burn bags shut, while others filled them to capacity and left them near their desks, and others simply left them sitting in hallways where anyone with access to non-public areas could have taken sensitive materials.
Ethics Complaint Against Sinema Urges Investigation Into Staffers’ Duties and Her Possible ‘Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars’
If you are hired to work in Senator Kyrsten Sinema‘s office on Capitol Hill there is a 37-page memo you’ll want to read detailing all the responsibilities her staffers are required to perform, from getting her groceries, calling Verizon and going to her D.C. home to wait for a repair person if the internet goes out, scheduling massages, and ensuring her very detailed airplane requirements are met.
“It is your job to make her as comfortable as possible on each flight,” the memo says, as The Daily Beast first reported in December.
But now a group of 13 non-profit organizations have joined to file an ethics complaint against Senator Sinema (I-AZ), a new Daily Beast report reveals Friday, including details from that 37-page memo which the newly-independent lawmaker directed to be drawn up. Dated Thursday, the complaint is titled: “Letter to Senate Ethics Committee Regarding Reports of Sinema Abusing Taxpayer Dollars.”
“Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary,” the group’s complaint reads.
It also points to that 37-page memo, which it says, “indicates that staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”
The allegations continue.
“And, most troubling, it calls on staff members, who are employed and paid by the public and explicitly barred from campaign activity, to schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.”
“Senate staff are prohibited under your guidelines from engaging in political activity ‘on Senate time, using Senate equipment or facilities.’ While you have not prohibited campaign activity outside work hours, the plain language of the memo clearly implies that Sen. Sinema expects her staff to carry out these scheduling tasks during the workday. And these tasks may separately violate Senate Rule 41.1, which explicitly prohibits Senate employees from ‘solicit[ing]’ campaign funds.”
The complaint also alleges that “Sen. Sinema required her staff to schedule three physical therapy and massage sessions a week related to her training for athletic competitions, and to tightly manage her dietary schedule — while allotting only a 30-minute period on Wednesdays for meetings with the constituents she represents.”
The carefully-worded complaint adds, “the allegations paint a picture of a Senator who is not only unresponsive to her constituents, but also disrespectful and even abusive to her employees and wholly unconcerned about her obligations under the law.”
The Daily Beast has posted a copy of the complaint here.
You can read The Beast’s full report here.
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