“Woe unto you hypocrites,” Jesus said to the religious leaders of his day. In 2019, his message is for the likes of Franklin Graham, a religious right phony who sees sin in Democrats and not Republicans.
Just like Donald Trump, Franklin Graham inherited his empire from his daddy. He has since used his religious podium to endorse the 2003 invasion of Iraq, refer to Islam as “a very evil and wicked religion,” accuse President Obama of allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to become a part of the U.S. government (seriously), and in 2016, conduct a $10 million campaign that framed support for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats as anti-Christian. And then, he endorsed the porn-star presidential candidate.
Graham preaches a good game but he’s never preached against Trump being a false idol, being worshipped by his followers, or building monuments to himself. Graham has never preached about Trump cheating on his first wife, or his second, or his third. He’s never preached against Trump’s infidelities with porn stars and Playmates. He’s never preached against Trump’s attacks against women. He’s never preached against Trump lusting after his own daughter. And, Graham has never preached against Trump’s lies.
With The Washington Post now confirming that Trump has passed the 10,000 lies mark, Graham says Trump merely misspeaks and never has intentions to be dishonest.
Graham has no problems with Trump being a racist, bully, misogynist, braggart, or a guy who proudly boasts of sexually assaulting women and barging into dressing rooms to see teenage girls while they’re naked.
Graham backed Trump’s Muslim ban and says God had a hand in his election.
Graham believes Melania Trump is the “classiest First Lady in American history.” Apparently, running an anti-bullying campaign while ignoring her husband’s bullying is classy. plagiarizing her predecessor’s speeches is classy. Marrying a guy solely because he’s rich is classy. Doing nude lesbian porn must be classy as hell in Graham’s eyes.
And back to Donald, Graham has never preached against defending Nazis. And let’s get this straight right now: Donald Trump defended Nazis.
There’s this campaign that Trump was talking about the “fine people” who were merely at Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate statues. Yes, fine people who demanded that statues honoring slave-owning traitors to the United States must remain in place. Trump supporters tell us to look at the context of his words when he said there were “fine people on both sides.” OK. Let’s look at his words.
In defending his statement afterward, he said, “As I said on — remember, Saturday — we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.” He also called the murderer of Heather Heyer a “murderer.” Kudos, Trump. But then, he flipped it back to defending the “Blood and Soil” tiki-torch guys.
When asked about the “alt-right,” Trump deflected criticism of them and attacked the counter-protesters with, “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at — excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
He continued with, “What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?” Trump’s primary criticisms remained on the left when he brought up permits to protest. He said, “you had a group on the other side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”
OK. So he’s defending the guys with permits. Who got that permit? Jason Kessler got that permit. Mr. Kessler is a white supremacist and a supporter of Neo-Nazis. In defending the guys with permits, Trump defended Nazis.
In defending the people who were protesting the removal of statues, Trump said there were “fine people on both sides.” Who was on the side with the statue dudes? Who was in Charlottesville that day?
Here’s a partial list. The Daily Stormer Book Club, The National Front, The Right Stuff, The National Policy Institute, the neo-Confederate League of the South, Traditionalist Worker Party (Nazis), Vanguard America, National Socialist Movement (they’re Nazis, not AOC fans), the Ku Klux Klan, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, Identity Evropa (more Nazis), Rise Above Movement, the American Guard, the Detroit Right Wings (Nazis stealing their name from Detroit’s hockey team), True Cascadia, Alt-Right Montreal (Canadian Nazis), Hammer Brothers, Anti-Communist Action (more Nazis), David Duke (former Grand Wizard and Nazi lover), and Richard Spencer (Nazi). These are all hate groups. You can decide how “fine” a person is who chooses to march with these people.
Airbnb refused to rent to these people because they’re not “fine.” You can’t blame Airbnb, because they’re Nazis and they’ll steal all the white sheets and pillow cases and cut eye holes in them. But, Trump disagrees with Airbnb and thinks they’re fine people.
Personally, I’m against kicking puppies. But, if I see a bunch of Nazis with tiki torches walking down the street chanting, “Stop kicking puppies and Jews will not replace us,” I’m not going to join in. I can be against kicking puppies and still not march with Nazis. You don’t have to join Nazis to oppose statue removal. When you walk with Nazis, you may as well be a Nazi.
Donald Trump defended Nazis. Nazis! Nazis! Nazis! Deflecting for Nazis is the same as defending them. And defending Nazis is not something Franklin Graham has a problem with. But maybe, he’d hate gay Nazis.
Graham has a huge issue with gay people. He’s a champion of gay-conversion therapy, just like Mike Pence. He praised Vladimir Putin for Russia’s “gay propaganda law,” which bans anything that makes homosexuality appear acceptable. And last week, he went after South Bend, Indiana mayor and first opening gay Democratic presidential candidate for being gay and married.
Graham tweeted, “”Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women.”
Actually, the Bible doesn’t say homosexuality is a sin. It talks about behavior but doesn’t reference being gay. It talks a lot about a man being with a woman and becoming one, but it doesn’t mention marriage. Don’t believe me? Look it up. I’m no Bible preacher so you’d think a Jesus freak like Graham would have a better grasp of the Bible than an agnostic political cartoonist (I did spend a year at a Baptist private school in Georgia. Hallelujah!).
Graham has never asked Trump to repent that I know of. While worried that Buttigieg is flaunting and politicizing his sexual orientation, he doesn’t have a problem with anything Trump flaunts.
Graham is a hypocrite and quite frankly, his relationship with Trump is unnatural and it kinda freaks me out.
What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you.
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