Reverend Franklin Graham Denounces Same-Sex Marriage, Secularism from the Montgomery Capitol Steps

Apr 19, 2016

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By Hatewatch Staff

Today, anti-LGBT evangelist Reverend Franklin Graham drew a large crowd to the Montgomery Capitol steps for the Alabama stop on his Decision America Tour 2016. Graham, who plans to hold a prayer rally in each of the 50 states, encouraged Christians to vote against same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and the separation of church and state.

Graham, who recently called for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies over its stance on LGBT issues, has become increasingly extreme in recent years. Expanding his vitriol from the LGBT community to Muslim Americans, Graham has been banned from the National Day of Prayer for his comments about Islam, which he has described as “evil” and a “religion of war”.

Using the biblical story of Nehemiah as a parable, Graham began by calling on his audience to confess the sins of the nation.

“When I think of the sins of this country, well, where do you begin to list them? Abortion, the murder of children in a mother’s womb. Millions. Same sex marriage, the flaunting and celebrating of this sin.”

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Cold War, Graham argued that “enemies” are engaged in warfare for the spiritual salvation of the United States.

“As the [Berlin] wall came down, secularism began to creep into Washington. It crept into our universities, into our state capitols, it got into our city government. There’s no difference between secularism and communism. They’re both godless. Both are godless. And godless secularism is now taking control of our governments.”

Graham acknowledged the irony of railing against secularism from the steps of the state’s capitol building, dismissing criticism of his call to vote for biblical principles as “politically correct”.

“You say, but Franklin, how about separation of church and state? What about it? Let me tell you that’s just a lie that the enemy uses to try to keep your mouth shut.”

Graham promised to fight that “enemy” by becoming increasingly intolerant.

“There will be progressives who’ll say “Ohhh you’re so intolerant”. Yeah, well, so what? Let me tell you something I’m gonna get more intolerant.”


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8 comments on “Reverend Franklin Graham Denounces Same-Sex Marriage, Secularism from the Montgomery Capitol Steps

  • His father Billy must have dropped him on his head multiple times to get this nut bag result!

    to vote for candidates who “uphold biblical principles” and to “prayerfully consider running for office.”

    So, very few candidates or many hypocrites?



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  • @OP- Graham promised to fight that “enemy” by becoming increasingly intolerant.

    “There will be progressives who’ll say “Ohhh you’re so intolerant”. Yeah, well, so what? Let me tell you something I’m gonna get more intolerant.”

    Since when were rating preachers tolerant of any views but their own bigoted ones anyway????

    Admittedly, having Billy as a paternal role model, probably did not help his mental development as a child!

    (A bit like Eric Hovind really!)



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  • Graham has been banned from the National Day of Prayer for his comments about Islam, which he has described as “evil” and a “religion of war”.

    I suppose that it’s seldom enough that a non-believing secularist has the spiritual comfort of agreeing with a member of the Graham clan.



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  • In the present political crisis Americans have brought upon themselves, try to imagine Donald Trump as President, and this character, Graham, as Vice…… just try to imagine the impact of such bigotry and intolerance on a nation so heavily armed… the pack mentality of people filled with hatred of everyone who is a ‘sinner’. Or in Trump’s case everyone who isn’t white. Although I live in Canada, I will be watching the outcome of the american election as I am, like millions of others, stunned at the decay of civility in that country. And with the views of the rightwingnuts, crazy people like Graham, Canada will also suffer.



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  • It baffles me that Americans don’t realize that a marriage has nothing to do with a god. It is a legal status, and has to do with property rights, taxes. You don’t have to invite friends, see a priest or holy person. You go to an office, pay a fee, get papers. That is getting married, someone who has a license to perform marriages signs them and files them. Done.



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  • Riposte #6
    Apr 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    It baffles me that Americans don’t realize that a marriage has nothing to do with a god. It is a legal status, and has to do with property rights, taxes. You don’t have to invite friends, see a priest or holy person. You go to an office, pay a fee, get papers. That is getting married, someone who has a license to perform marriages signs them and files them. Done.

    Ah! But civil marriage is a relatively recent innovation!

    Historically marriage (along with the associated inheritance and property rights), was the monopoly of the currently dominant state church – which manipulated the people and the political leaders for its own advantage!

    Google a few queries about Franco’s Spain, England’s historical marriage laws – or those of various other countries such as this example:-

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Lx8iIxafDVYC&pg=PA171&lpg=PA171&dq=state+marriage+laws+history+church+monopolies&source=bl&ots=D85fLWQ-V7&sig=1B1iKa7tP8Vc8ozZYmo6DgmgPO8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu44vhiJ7MAhWmOsAKHd-pAI0Q6AEINzAG#v=onepage&q=state%20marriage%20laws%20history%20church%20monopolies&f=false



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  • @OP – Reverend Franklin Graham Denounces

    One thing which needs to be regularly publicly aired, is that the title “Reverend” refers to revering a supernatural delusion, and as such is an indication of a mental disability, not competence, status, or expertise!



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