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‘What Are You Willing to Take a Bullet For?’: Just How Disturbing Is Franklin Graham’s Question?

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Series of Facebook Posts About Transgender Rights and Sin Culiminate in Asking, ‘What Are You Willing to Take a Bullet For?’

The question has to be asked: Just how disturbing is Franklin Graham‘s recent Facebook post? Is he now advocating violence? Is he effectively intimating violence against LGBT people is a godly stance against “sin”? Is he suggesting LGBT people are a danger to Christians? Is he suggesting Christians should somehow martyr themselves in some twisted anti-LGBT last stand? What exactly is he suggesting?

Earlier today NCRM posted an article lambasting Billy Graham’s son for his Friday “freak out” over President Barack Obama’s directive to all pubic schools to not discriminate against transgender students. Graham’s transphobic post on Friday was directly followed by a series of posts suggesting those who sin will be forgiven. Is he effectively dangling permission to commit heinous acts?

One post on Saturday concludes God “will give us eternal life if we believe on Him and trust Jesus Christ as our Savior. He alone is able to wash all of our sins away and give us a clean record.”

Graham continues the thought on Sunday, writing, “The Bible says, ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count His sin’ (Romans 4:7-8).” 

Graham then says, “I asked God to forgive my sins and my lawless deeds. He did—and I’m so grateful that my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ so that they are not counted against me. How about you?”

Finally, Sunday evening, Graham on Facebook asks, “What would you take a bullet for?

That’s shocking in and of itself, but taken in context with his previous posts, it’s chilling.

“What are the principles and beliefs that you would not compromise under any circumstances? Even if it meant putting your life on the line?,” he asks.

He delves into Biblical mythology about King Nebuchadnezzar, and concludes, “I want to call on every Christian and every pastor to stand firm like these patriarchs of old and not bow to the secular, increasingly godless culture in which we live—even when (not if) we’re criticized, mocked, and labeled intolerant.”

“The God of the Old Testament that delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from their fiery execution is the same God today—and He is still more than able to save. Will you stand against ungodliness? What are you willing to take a bullet for?”

Frightening that a “man of God” would so carelessly and arrogantly pose such a question on his Facebook page, which has over 3.7 million fans. 

Others seem to agree Graham’s words are cause for concern.

Raw Story’s Travis Gettys wrote Monday morning, “in a Facebook message to his followers posted Sunday evening, Graham encouraged anti-LGBT bigots to martyr themselves or face God’s eternal wrath.”

Popular gay blogger Joe.My.God. reposted Graham’s words, with the title, “Franklin Graham: Real Christians Should Be Willing To Take A Bullet For Their ‘Intolerant’ Beliefs.”

In “Franklin Graham: President Obama Is Advancing the Sin of Homosexuality,” right-wing religious site Charisma writes that “a couple of comments” Graham “made over the weekend certainly added to the message” against homosexuality. “Sunday, he asked his social media followers, ‘What would you to take a bullet for?'”

LiveLeak just posted an article titled, “Franklin Graham Goes Full Bin Laden in N.Carolina: Christian Should ‘take a bullet’ & Be a Martyr for their ‘Intolerant’ Beliefs.'”

“Graham encouraged his own followers to follow that Old Testament example in opposing American laws that contradict their biblical worldview,” the article says.

Former LGBT blogger Pam Spaulding on Facebook asked, “Does he want to promote violence by ‘Christians’ that will result in death and destruction? When will he stop this dangerous nonsense?”

Graham is a public figure who almost daily attacks the LGBT community, same-sex marriage, and more recently, civil rights for transgender people. On his nationwide tour and on Facebook Graham uses his pulpit to denounce LGBT people’s lives as sinful. Whatever his intentions, the effect, as others seem to agree, is disturbing at the very least.

NCRM contacted both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Franklin Graham’s public relations representatives asking for comment, by telephone and email. We were told Mr. Graham is traveling today. 

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‘This Is Insane’: Experts Blast McCarthy After He Approves George Santos Attending Classified Briefing on China

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U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), under multiple state and federal investigations, and even a criminal fraud investigation in Brazil, recently stepped down from his committee assignments pending House ethics investigations, but on Thursday he will be allowed to attend a classified briefing by the Pentagon on threats from China.

Santos is facing numerous investigations, including ongoing, pending, or possible investigations from the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nassau District Attorney, the Queens District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, along with the House Ethics Committee.

CNN’s Manu Raju Wednesday afternoon reports: “Asked Speaker McCarthy if he’s OK with George Santos attending tomorrow’s classified briefing on China. ‘Yes,’ he told me.”

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Experts are expressing outrage, and are calling allowing Santos to gain access to classified information a “threat to our national security.”

“George Santos should not be getting access to classified information,” the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) immediately responded.

Last month CREW published a report that states: “George Santos should not get intelligence information.”

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“Santos’s misrepresentations of large swaths of his background have proven his tendency to lie for power and personal gain. It is clear that he has not demonstrated the trustworthiness necessary to guard our country’s most closely guarded secrets,” it reads.

“Santos’s serial misrepresentations of the truth about a vast array of subjects have demonstrated an astonishing level of untrustworthiness,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder says in the report. “It would be a threat to our national security to allow him to serve on any committee where he would gain access to national intelligence.”

Retired U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols, an academic specialist on international affairs including Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs, tweeted: “This is insane.”

Just last month Speaker McCarthy banned two top House Democrats, Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, from returning to the Intelligence Committee. While he claimed it was for national security reasons, some believe it was retribution for their roles in prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachments.

“I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more,” McCarthy wrote in a letter.

 

 

 

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene During House Hearing: It’s ‘Against the Law’ to Ban My Twitter Account

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Members of Congress have access to vast resources to conduct the people’s business, including on-staff attorneys and the ability to contract experts, yet on Wednesday U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) appeared to shun those assets while appearing before the TV cameras while misrepresenting federal law. She falsely declared that Twitter banning her personal account was “against the law,” and a violation of her First Amendment rights as she made clear she will use her newly-restored committee assignments to spread falsehoods, misinformation, and disinformation.

Greene now sits on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee. During its third hearing of the year, “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias: Twitter’s Role in Suppressing the Biden Laptop Story,” Greene appeared determined to extract vengeance for her personal Twitter account being permanently “suspended” – banned –before Elon Musk purchased the company and restored accounts of countless extremists.

At the beginning of her remarks Greene mentioned the witnesses, including former Twitter executives, and said: “You can consider your speech canceled during my time because you permanently canceled mine.”

“You see, you permanently banned my personal Twitter account, and it was my campaign account also, so let’s talk about election interference, shall we?”

“Let’s explain 52 United States law 10101: ‘No person shall intimidate, threaten or coerce or attempt to stop any other person for the purpose of interfering with their rights to vote or to vote as you may choose,'” Greene said, reading inaccurately from 52 U.S.C. 10101.

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For reasons unknown, Congresswoman Greene decided that federal voting rights law applies to Twitter. It does not.

“You didn’t shadow ban or permanently ban my Democrat opponent,” Greene charged. “No, you did that to me. And that was wrong and it was against the law.”

It is not against the law for Twitter to shadow ban or permanently ban anyone, even a Member of Congress and their personal Twitter account.

“You see, not only that, was it was it me, that you violated my First Amendment rights, you violated countless conservative Americans,” she said, which again is false. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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Greene pushed forward.

“These were doctors that were trying to tell the truth about COVID,” she said, of people spreading false or misleading information and disinformation. “Doctors that were having success treating people with ivermectin that you all would not allow to be talked about.”

The FDA has made clear ivermectin is not a treatment for COVID-19: “The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.”

“These were parents complaining about their school boards, teaching gender lies in their schools, biological males entering their daughter’s bathrooms and sports,” she complained. “These were also people questioning the 2020 election. And guess what? That’s Americans’ First Amendment right. These were people talking about voting machines. You know what? Democrats did that in 2019 before the 2020 election,” she claimed.

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‘Let’s Be Blunt’: Bannon Blasts Huckabee Sanders as ‘Not Intellectually Capable’ After ‘Insulting’ SOTU Response

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Arkansas Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican Party’s official response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address and was panned from all sides.

Many on the left were angered and outraged as she attacked LGBTQ and Black Americans in a lengthy speech that was tall on culture war rhetoric and extremism and short on policy or vision.

But even those on the right seems exasperated with her remarks.

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Lou Dobbs, the far-right-wing culture warrior and former Fox Business anchor, told former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that Huckabee Sanders’ speech was “unacceptable,” and, “an insult to President Trump” for “not mentioning his name,” as Media Matters reports.

“Sarah Huckabee went to Iraq with the President,” Dobbs recalled, which the former White House press secretary spent an unusually large portion of her remarks discussing, “and the First Lady in the dark of night, for Christmas, with our troops.”

“To not mention is name, to talk about ‘new leadership’ – it looked like the Governor’s Association had written much of that speech, and aligned themselves with Ron DeSantis,” Dobbs lamented, calling it a “lack of respect to POTUS.”

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Bannon, convicted on two federal criminal contempt charges, agreed that her remarks were “an insult to Trump.”

“She does not exist, politically, if it’s not for President Trump,” Bannon continued. “I thought the speech was terrible.”

“If you’re going to give a counter speech, you’ve got to talk about important issues. Don’t get me wrong, the wokeism is very important. But it’s not quite the heart of the matter right now, right? It’s not the heart of the matter. She is not — the reason is she’s just not — she’s not intellectually capable of going to the heart of the matter, right? Let’s be blunt.”

“This was like written by Ron DeSantis and the entire RGA,” Bannon said, referring to the Republican Governors’ Association.

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