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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Mike Pence: Americans Have No Right to ‘Freedom From Religion’
Former Vice President Mike Pence claimed during a Wednesday appearance on Fox Business that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not protect Americans from having other people’s faiths forced upon them.
“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,” it states.
In fact, there are no references to a supreme being anywhere in the Constitution, because the Founding Fathers were adamantly opposed to centralized religious power as well as requiring individuals to subscribe to any particular denomination.
The concept of separation of church and state was sacrosanct to men like President Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in his 1776 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that “setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time” and that “to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”
Jefferson’s condemnation of forced faith in the document was unambiguous, further affirming that “no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”
President James Madison, in whose hand the Constitution was penned, concurred with Jefferson.
“The settled opinion here is that religion is essentially distinct from Civil Government, and exempt from its cognizance; that a connexion between them is injurious to both; that there are causes in the human breast, which ensure the perpetuity of religion without the aid of the law,” Madison explained in an 1819 letter, noting that “a legal establishment of religion without a toleration could not be thought of, and with toleration, is no security for public quiet and harmony, but rather a source itself of discord and animosity.”
Benjamin Franklin took it one step further, arguing in 1780 that any religion that seeks to impose itself is simply “bad.”
Yet Pence and host Larry Kudlow share an interpretation that strays wildly from what Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison clearly spelled out more than two centuries ago.
“These lefties want to scrap religion, Mike Pence, and I think it’s a terrible mistake,” Kudlow griped.
“Well, the radical left believes that the freedom of religion is the freedom from religion. But it’s nothing the American founders ever thought of or generations of Americans fought to defend,” Pence said.
As mentioned, that statement is completely false. Jefferson even concluded in his treatise that “such act will be an infringement of natural right.”
But Pence was not finished. He also suggested that the Supreme Court’s right-wing supermajority has a duty to side with one faith over another. Today, that means the GOP’s embrace of Christian nationalism.
“You know, I said today here in Houston that the source of our nation’s greatness has always been our faith in God, our freedom, and our vast natural resources. And the good news is, that after four years of the Trump-Pence administration, I’m confident that we have a pro-religious freedom majority on the Supreme Court of the United States. And I’m confident that come Election Day, November the 8th, you’re gonna see that freedom majority around the country turn out and vote pro-freedom majorities in the House, and in the Senate, and in statehouses around the country,” Pence said. “So stay tuned, Larry. Help is on the way.”
Watch below or at this link.
Fox Business' Larry Kudlow: "These lefties want to scrap religion."
Former Vice President Mike Pence: "The good news is, that after four years of the Trump-Pence administration, I'm confident that we have a pro-religious freedom majority on the Supreme Court." pic.twitter.com/GO1uW6FdPP
— The Recount (@therecount) October 26, 2022
Florida Father Sues School for ‘Proselytizing’ in Favor of ‘Homosexual Lifestyles’ Under DeSantis Don’t Say Gay Law
A West Palm Beach dad is suing his son’s public school district under Florida Governor Ron DeSantis‘ “Don’t Say Gay” law, claiming a teacher posted two rainbow pride flags and “proselytized” in favor of “homosexual lifestyles,” which he claims are against his religious beliefs.
“Dr. Francisco Deliu’s 12-year-old son is in seventh grade at Emerald Cove Middle School,” which is part of the Palm Beach County School District, WPTV reports. He is suing the school district, the school board, the school, its principal, and the teacher.
The lawsuit claims the father’s “substantive human rights” and “due process rights” were violated. It says he learned from his son “that his school is expressly and/or implicitly advocating for homosexuality as an alternative way of life. He disagrees and complains. The school dismisses his concerns without reasons. He takes the matter to the superior authorities. They ignore his grievances entirely. Meanwhile, his boy’s education suffers.”
WPTV reports that “Deliu’s lawsuit claimed Emerald Cove Middle School is trying to ‘mold his child’s mind without his consent,’ adding that ‘there is no lawful authority that permits the Teacher, Principal, School, District and/or Board to teach, discuss or otherwise educate the students, including Dr. Deliu’s son, about gay pride, homosexuality or the like but especially not in a computer science course.'”
“Deliu claimed the teacher’s actions are a violation of Florida’s ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights ‘law, which was passed and went into effect in 2021.”
The lawsuit describes him as a “a married man who was baptized in, throughout his lifetime held and currently holds Christian-Orthodox religious beliefs. He is originally from Romania and was given refugee status in the United States of America in 1980 on the grounds of religious and political persecution by the Communist Ceaușescu regime.”
“Dr Deliu and his son are both born, baptized and practicing Orthodox Christians. Their religion considers homosexuality a sin. Their sincere and genuine beliefs are that homosexuality is not in accordance with their Bible. Dr Deliu is a libertarian who lives by a ‘live and let live creed. He respects the rights of others, but also demands they not encroach upon his rights. He is against government intrusion upon his rights, especially in terms of how to raise his son,” the lawsuit reads.
“Dr Deliu’s son was born in New Zealand and exclusively went to various private schools in New Zealand and Romania until the family returned to the United States of America in 2020 because of breaches of their human rights in Romania due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, mask, social distancing and vaccine mandates.”
The lawsuit even laments that although his son “was a straight-A student in the 4th quarter…the school failed to give out any honor roll awards.”
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Watch: A Man Said LGBTQ People ‘Deserve Death’ at a School Board Meeting – No One Stopped Him
A man addressed the Conway, Arkansas school board Tuesday night, launching into a Christian Bible-based diatribe that included his claim that LGBTQ people “deserve death.” There were LGBTQ people, including students, in the audience. There were also police officers.
No one, not the school board member, not the police, interrupted him, told him his remarks were inappropriate, violent, or even asked him to stop speaking.
And it appears no one stood up for the LGBTQ students forced to hear a man with a microphone saying they “deserve death.”
In fact, as the video below shows, the school board president thanked him when he was done.
“God gave them over to a depraved mind so that they do what they should not be doing,” the unidentified man can be heard saying. “They invent ways of doing evil. But let me remind you that those who do such things deserve death.”
“The LGBT community, not only continues to do these very things, but also approves of those who practice them,” he adds.
A speaker at a school board meeting in Conway, Arkansas told a crowd of students last night their queer classmates “deserve death.” The speaker was in support of a sweeping rollback of trans rights in the district and followed a trans student speaking against it. pic.twitter.com/iU66PDXtLa
— Gillian Branstetter (@GBBranstetter) October 12, 2022
On social media a woman who says she filmed the man’s biblical call for death writes, “I was actually the one videoing. There were cops in all areas of the room ready to remove anyone. The person who spoke after this man was a 10th grade student who is transgender. Many of us wanted to cause a scene but felt our presence was needed for the upcoming speakers.”
Dr. Anne J. Goldberg, a professor, posted video (below) showing the man who said LGBTQ people “deserve death.” In her video he also says God loves everyone “even” LGBTQ people.
“Tonight,” she writes, “I watched my school board ban two books about trans kids (against a committee recommendation) and enact two discriminatory policies against trans kids. I heard a member of my community say that LGBTQ folks ‘deserved death’ for their actions. No one on the board objected.”
Here is video of the speaker who said LGBTQ folks deserve death. Hear the audience clap and the board president say thank you. pic.twitter.com/aLEgxWPGS7
— Dr. Anne J. Goldberg (@entrtaininganth) October 12, 2022
“Ultimately,” The Arkansas Times reports, “the board did exactly what everyone expected: It unanimously approved a bathroom ban that could effectively out transgender students, and then voted to remove two books — both about transgender youths — from a school library, despite a committee’s recommendation otherwise.”
The Daily Beast adds that Arkansas GOP state Sen. Jason Rapert “made an appearance and spoke in favor of the bans.”
Rapert has compared LGBTQ activists to “Nazis.”
Watch the videos above or at this link.
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