Franklin Graham spent one of the biggest gay pride weekends attacking LGBT people, and now he’s getting totally destroyed on social media.
Praising the news that the U.S. State Dept. under President Donald Trump is now banning gay pride flags from flying at American embassies around the world, Graham took to Twitter and Facebook, delivering his message of homophobic nationalism.
“I want to thank President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making the decision not to fly the gay flag over our embassies during June in recognition of gay pride month,” Graham wrote on Facebook. “That is the right decision. The only flag that should fly over our embassies is the flag of the United States of America. The gay pride flag is offensive to Christians and millions of people of other faiths, not only in this country but around the world. The U.S. flag represents our nation—everyone—regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Graham also this weekend highlighted the story of anti-gay Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, who just lost her case at the Washington State Supreme Court.
“It’s Baronelle’s religious freedoms that are being discriminated against!” Graham tweeted. “Baronelle should have the freedom not to participate in something she feels is wrong,” he added, asking people to pray for her.
Many are taking offense to Graham’s remarks, just as they did recently when he told Pete Buttigieg to “repent” for loving his husband and for being gay. Even his hometown newspaper called Graham’s views “moral manure,” “fringe,” and “gloriously irrelevant.”
Here’s what people are saying in response to Graham’s latest anti-LGBT attacks.
I’m a Christian.
The Pride Flag doesn’t offend me.
What DOES offend me is Franklin Graham hijacking Christian vocabulary to promote his own brand of empire-exalting oppression-ignoring hypocritical American nationalism.
There’s more Constantine than Jesus in his rhetoric. https://t.co/acP7WYkJHe
— Robbie Hurlocker (@alphaknight) June 10, 2019
You know what’s offensive to Christians? A greedy man obsessed with homosexuality & abortion (2 things Jesus NEVER mentioned) and judging others & acquiring riches (2 things Jesus told him NOT to do) is not only pretending to be a Christian, but is speaking for all of them again. https://t.co/pkBTX4QPSf
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 9, 2019
No, I don’t pray for demons like you and your ilk. You’re a greedy fraud. You are of the devil Frank.
— Scotty D (@GantRenard) June 9, 2019
It offends only fascist Christians. https://t.co/uCUzasm8u9
— John Stoehr’s Editorial Board (@johnastoehr) June 9, 2019
I’m offended that you support & pray for the most corrupt, decadent deviant man who’s ever held office. That you’re a cuckold & a liar & go against everything the bible stands for https://t.co/A2v8SF0lz2
— Eddie (@liberalprick70) June 10, 2019
I am a Christian and the only ppl who offend me are those who lack love, don’t show mercy (even though Jesus taught us to show mercy for WE have been shown mercy), and those who have the audacity to pass judgment on others. https://t.co/yjftNiA98t
— Sonya Ramos (@sdbeckrum66) June 10, 2019
Other faiths? You don’t even speak for all Christians. In fact you don’t even speak for most of them. The arrogance of bigots like Graham always astounds me. They speak for their own little hateful congregation and think they represent all Christianity. Fortunately they don’t. https://t.co/ytCQi3HHAD
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) June 10, 2019
Baptised and confirmed Anglican.
Holds an Honours Civil Bachelor of Theology.
— Matthew Gomes (@matthewddsg) June 10, 2019
The Jesus I know would have made them a beautiful floral arrangement, then he would have turned towards the pharasees, the religious hypocrites like yourself, and would have told them to LOVE their neighbors as they love themselves.
— Maru (@pianogreen) June 10, 2019
One day I pray you wake up and realize the LQBTQ community were placed here by love that craeated YOU. They are uniquely created in Gods image too. FG this is a TEST!Can you love people the way Jesus did? With total commitment /unconditional love? #truthintheredletters#pray4FG
— MK (@MKdrexel) June 10, 2019
What he is saying offensive to the LGBTQ community.
I bet he hasn’t considered that.
There is nothing wrong with being religious but that is no excuse for homophobia. 🤬🤬🤬
And I hope the pride flag is proudly on show for everyone to see. 🌈 https://t.co/PwUSaLNW8n
— Emma Gennard (@gennard_emma) June 10, 2019
“Bigot” is not a faith. https://t.co/d9CkCN1VIp
— Hugo Stiglitz (@artisteboy) June 10, 2019
Some people read the words of Jesus & conclude they should help people without judging them.
Others read his words & conclude they should judge people without helping them.
But most confused are those who read his words & conclude they are helping people by judging them.
— Fred Voros (@fredvoros) June 9, 2019
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‘Love This Guy’: Franklin Graham Praises Mayor for Having ‘A Lot of Guts’ After He Attacked LGBT People
Evangelical empire scion Franklin Graham has made attacking LGBTQ people a core principle of his self-styled “ministry,” aka Facebook. After New Jersey Mayor Alfonso Cirulli delivered an 11-minute anti-gay screed during a township committee meeting Graham took to social media to praise the Republican for calling the LGBTQ community “an affront to almighty God.”
“Love this guy—he’s got a lot of guts!” Graham told his nearly 8 million followers on Facebook.
Mayor Cirulli told elected town officials he opposes the state’s new law that requires schools to teach students about the contributions LGBTQ people have made to society.
“We’ve crossed over the line into absurdity,” Cirulli said. And he urged residents to vote state lawmakers out, saying, “no group has a right to force others to comply with their beliefs, deprive them of their First Amendment rights, and strip them of their parents of how to morally raise their children.”
Graham totally agreed.
“In the world we live in,” Graham wrote, “the truth of God’s Word many times isn’t received well. But that shouldn’t stop us from standing with God’s teachings from the Bible. Pray for Mayor Cirulli—and pray that this state mandate will be reversed.”
Graham has been preaching his version of the anti-gay gospel for years, but in recent times many have grown sick and tired of his ministry of hate.
After telling Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to “repent” or suffer “eternal damnation” for marrying his husband, Graham’s hometown newspaper’s editorial board made clear where it stands.
“It’s been a little while since Franklin Graham offered up a shovel of moral manure,” The Charlotte Observer’s editorial board wrote in “The gloriously growing irrelevance of Franklin Graham.”
They called his attack on Buttigieg “a typically ripe bite of bigotry from Graham,” and said his “perspective on homosexuality has been pushed to the fringe.”
‘Broadest Protection of Religious Exercise’: Trump’s New Labor Rule Would Allow Massive Discrimination by For-Profit Companies
President Donald Trump’s Labor Department on Wednesday announced a new rule that not only would codify the “right” to discriminate into practice, but would help corporations do so. The new rule applies to federal contractors, who employ up to one quarter of all employees. As NCRM reported earlier, it would allow any company, corporation, or organization with a federal contract that claims it is either religious or faith-based or follows any sort of belief system – so-called “religion-exercising organizations” – to discriminate based on those beliefs.
The word “religion” appears 241 times in the 46-page draft document.
The draft rule says “religious employers can condition employment on acceptance of or adherence
to religious tenets,” and “should be construed to provide the broadest protection of religious exercise permitted by the Constitution and other laws.”
The ACLU calls it ” taxpayer-funded discrimination in the name of religion. Period.”
Buzzfeed calls it “Trump’s latest move to let religious people sidestep civil rights policies,” and says it allows federal contractors to “cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, LGBTQ status, and other characteristics.”
The new rule would not apply only to, say, churches, Catholic hospitals, or even a privately-held company like Hobby Lobby – if Hobby Lobby were a federal contractor. It would allow discrimination at literally any federal contractor that can show it has a “religious purpose,” but makes clear: “This need not be the contractor’s only purpose.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality says the new rule “would allow federal contractors to apply for broad exemptions to civil rights law after engaging in discriminatory behavior, including firing or refusing to hire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It could also lead to federal contractors refusing to hire women or unmarried workers who are pregnant or parents, or even discrimination on the basis of race.”
Here’s the Truth About the Shadowy Group Behind the National Prayer Breakfast
The National Prayer Breakfast is a relatively uncontroversial affair these days. Presidents from both parties make a habit of attending it, and giving simple speeches about what their faith means to them, and leaders from around the world join them.
But a new Netflix documentary miniseries, “The Family”, explores the shadowy group known as the Fellowship, which originally set it up in 1935.
The Fellowship began as a secretive fraternity of evangelical men, first organized under the leadership of a man named Abraham Veride, who was attempting to gather business leaders to thwart union drives. It evolved into what Rolling Stone described as a “secret theocracy” used by powerful Christian men to influence politics worldwide. Its members include Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Vice President Mike Pence is also reported to have ties to it.
The group has stringent rules against sex and dating, and there is an undercurrent of homophobia — but also simultaneously homoeroticism. “[There’s] a lot of that uneasy joking about masculinity and the potential for it and, at the same time, this desire for intimacy that becomes really challenging for people who have a theological and ideological opposition to that,” said Jeff Sharlet, an author who has written extensively on the Fellowship.
They also have had ties to current and former authoritarians around the world who have committed atrocities in their home countries, for the sake of advancing a conservative religious agenda — including the late former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
“In the face of all these dictators, they don’t say anything at all,” Sharlet said. “They don’t ask any accountability.”
Yet despite this group’s broad reach in world affairs, it has attracted little public scrutiny, because it operates with scrupulous secrecy. A secrecy that the Netflix series seeks to dissipate.
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