Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Franklin Graham & anti-gay hate group rallying to 'save' America

Get a load of THIS mess:

In the nine and a half years I have covered the religious right, they have had more "We have to save America because it's in deep crisis" rallies than I've cared to count.

To paraphrase Rod Serling, according to these folks,  America has been on death's door so many times, we've worn out the welcome mat.

In this particular case, these set of rallies involve Franklin Graham and the anti-gay hate group American Family Association:

AFA is proud to partner with Franklin Graham in encouraging you and your family to attend the Decision America Tour rally in your state. Franklin is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.

Well isn't that special. Of course my opinion is that any self-respecting Christian wouldn't pray with Franklin Graham. Aside from his teaming with the AFA, Graham himself has been not been necessarily Christian in his rhetoric. Such as:

his consistent approval of laws in Russia which serve to persecute and otherwise victimize the country's lgbts,

his ugly and prejudiced attacks on the entire Muslim community, including a call to ban Muslim immigration ,

or that time when he said gays should be kept away from churches and children,

or when he said God would smite Obama for the marriage equality ruling.

Unfortunately to many of his supporters, none of these things matter because nothing says "I love Jesus" like rallying with a Islamophobic, homophobic pastor reaping off of his father's good name.

 I can just see Graham now. He will be in the middle of a massive throng of gullible believers, arms held up, hands stretched out and eyes closed tight so he can eek out some tears while he soaks up all of the attention like that villain in Poltergeist II when he wouldn't let his followers leave his doomsday cult.

Seems to me that if America is in trouble, it's only because this country has allowed folks like Graham to not only get away with their con, but also anoint them as credible religious leaders to boot.

If anyone planning to attend any of Graham's rallies had sense, they would douse him with holy water and then head for the hills.

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