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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‘I Dare You to Deny Me Communion’: 60 Democrats Blast Bishops for Move to Punish Biden by ‘Weaponizing’ Eucharist
They were warned.
Before their three-day meeting that culminated Friday with a vote to move toward denying America’s second Catholic President, Joe Biden, communion over his stance of supporting a woman’s right to choose an abortion, the Vatican told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to not politicize communion or other sacraments.
They did it anyway, and now powerful Democrats – and many others – are furious.
“Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion,” U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, a Democrat of California, and a Catholic, with a massive 1.6 million followers on Twitter, threatened the Bishops.
His comments were in response to Friday’s news of the USCCB’s politically-motivated decision, and in response to SiriusXM host Michelangelo Signorile, who asked if other Catholics will be denied communion over their “sins.” Signorile pointed to Newt Gingrich, whose history includes adultery, divorce, and re-marriage. Gingrich’s wife was President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the Vatican.
Dear @USCCB: I’m Catholic and I support:
-A woman’s right to choose
-Treatments for infertility
-The right for people to get a divorce
-The right of same sex marriage
Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion. https://t.co/bUmiyJ8TtH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 18, 2021
Another California Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman, suggested the church should lose its tax-exempt status.
If they're going to politically weaponize religion by "rebuking" Democrats who support women's reproductive choice, then a "rebuke" of their tax-exempt status may be in order. https://t.co/P6TGVCOMYp
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) June 18, 2021
Lieu and Huffman were far from the only Democratic lawmakers to speak out against the USCCB’s move toward denying communion to politicians who support abortion rights.
“We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties and best serve our constituents,” 60 House Democrats said in a three-page “Statement of Principles” letter released Friday afternoon.
“The Sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of abortion is contradictory.”
And they carefully noted the hypocrisy of the Bishops, who have never even suggested denying communion to Republican lawmakers who support the death penalty or engage if the separation of families at the border and caging of children.
“No elected officials have been threatened with being denied the Eucharist as they support and have supported policies contrary to the Church teachings, including supporting the death penalty, separating migrant children from their parents, denying asylum to those seeking safety in the United States, and denying rights and dignity to immigrants.”
Some other prominent House Democrats who signed on to the letter include Cheri Bustos, Joaquin Castro, Gerry Connolly, Rosa DeLauro, Debbie Dingell, Ruben Gallego, Marie Newman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jackie Speier.
US Catholic Bishops Move Toward Denying Biden Communion in Political Decision Violating Vatican Direction
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly voted on Friday to move toward chastising President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, for his policies supporting and defending a woman’s right to choose an abortion. It is the first official step toward denying the U.S. President communion. Biden personally opposes abortion but believes it should be a safe, protected, and legal right, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
The Bishops voted 168-55 to create a “teaching document,” as NBC News reports, to serve as a “rebuke” of Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion. The Roman Catholic Church opposes the move.
“The Vatican has warned conservative American bishops to hit the brakes on their push to deny communion to politicians supportive of abortion rights — including President Biden, a faithful churchgoer and the first Roman Catholic to occupy the Oval Office in 60 years,” The New York Times reported Monday, suggesting the U.S. Bishops’ move is just as much a political gesture as a religious rebuke.
“Some leading bishops, whose priorities clearly aligned with former President Donald J. Trump, now want to reassert the centrality of opposition to abortion in the Catholic faith and lay down a hard line — especially with a liberal Catholic in the Oval Office.”
The Times reports the push to go after President Biden is being led by Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (photo), the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“The focus of this proposed teaching document,” Archbishop Gomez wrote in a memo, “is on how best to help people to understand the beauty and the mystery of the Eucharist as the center of their Christian lives.”
But the Times noted the Vatican does not want “to use access to the Eucharist as a political weapon,” Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest and close ally of Francis, said.
Conservative American bishops were demanding “a strong rebuke of Biden,” NBC notes, “because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access, while opponents warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.”
Watch: ‘Traitor’ Pence Heckled and Booed by Pro-Trump Christian ‘Faith & Freedom’ Conference Attendees
The conservative Christian Faith & Freedom “Road to Majority” conference erupted early Friday afternoon as pro-Trump attendees heckled and booed likely 2024 presidential hopeful Mike Pence, calling the former vice president a “traitor” for refusing to overturn a free and fair election on January 6.
Pence tried to ignore the verbal assaults, speaking over protestors. Some were escorted out of the room, according to a Tampa Bay Times editor:
He’s now being shouted down with boos and yells of “traitor” as he speaks. People are being escorted out. https://t.co/PXWsfskgCv
— Steve Contorno (@scontorno) June 18, 2021
Watch as Pence gets heckled. Video via Forbes‘ Andrew Solender:
Pence gets drowned out by hecklers at the Faith & Freedom Coalition summit, some of whom appear to be chanting “traitor!” pic.twitter.com/pAQxavsK3O
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 18, 2021
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