Franklin Graham: God's gonna get ya

It didn't take long for the bigots to get up on their soapboxes. In the lead, of course, was Franklin Graham:

North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham was among the first conservative Christian leaders to react to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

It's no surprise that Graham blasted the Supreme Court, and warned about what they've wrought.

I pray God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.

You can bet that Franklin will be out in front of the microphones after the next bad thing that happens, saying, "See? I told you so! God's wrath!"

Although he was strangely silent about why God brought all those floods to Texas.

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Graham's soapbox

Here is what Graham said Friday on Facebook about the high court ruling:

“The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. [yadda, yadda, yadda] ... "

Yeah, he spews his bigotry on Facebook, a company recognized as a leader in tolerance, equality and gay rights advocacy.

Wells Fargo must be rejoicing to be rid of this guy's stinky money.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

It is truly disgusting

how Franklin has taken advantage of his Dad in his Dad's declining years.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

On the other hand

could Franklin be right?

I mean, God destroyed Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, French Guiana, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay and Wales, shortly after each of them respectively legalized gay marriage (and I assume Mexico is on the list with the USA).

------ Thanks to Quartz for the list

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Right you are

Every one of those countries no longer exists and their citizens are relegated to neverending hell. I think ol' Frankie is on to something.

Celebrate, then back to work!

Today is a major day of celebration. And the work to continues to win non-discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for LGBT folks, on adoption, immigration, and racial justice issues, on fighting homelessness that plagues LGBT youth at extremely high rates, on keeping scouts from being kicked out when they turn 18 and not allowed to take leadership positions, on allowing transgender folks to serve openly in the military, on allowing gay people to donate blood in a way that is based in science rather than fear, on getting LGBT folks represented at every level of government in roughly equal proportions to our % of the population, and so much more.

Laugh if you want to ....

... but I think it's time to really ask why someone like Franklin Graham is allowed to speak for all Christians.

Media outlets, like the Charlotte Observer, need to be called out on this, allowing self-appointed "leaders" among radical evangelicals to hog space in the paper every time one of these issues comes up.

Why not get a range of opinions from several Christian denominations to show the range of reactions?

If you're a Christian, you need to write to the Observer and other outlets and tell them that Franklin Graham, the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage and Pat Robertson don't speak for you or your church.

This is a great point

As James, scharrison and others have pointed out here, much of the mainstream media has gotten lazy. They reflexively call people like Franklin Graham Cracker to represent the "Christian" viewpoint, they call Tami Hatezgerald for the "family values" angle, they call Fran and Hoodie for the "conservative policy wonk" perspective, and so on.

The problem, as you point out teddy, is that these people don't represent the factions they purport to represent. They represent extremists with their own diabolical agendas, yet the audience generally accepts the facade and the media pretends to present a "balanced" report, and it's easy, because they know these fiends will answer the phone or call them right back.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I don't think it's lazy

Those few reporters who are left have so many stories to cover, it boggles the mind how they do it. There's less money in journalism, which means there are fewer people in journalism, and the downward spiral continues.

Tough business model.