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It's become demonstratably obvious that Franklin Graham is using his father's good name to become a water-carrier for the religious right.  After all, during the campaign season, he questioned whether President Obama really was a Christian and questioned the faith of those born-agains who supported his reelection.  After the election, Graham fis suggested that God was angry enough at us for giving Obama another term that he just might hurl the nation over the fiscal cliff.

As bat-guano loony as those statements were, they pale in comparison to what he said yesterday on American Family Radio's AFA Today.  Graham fils used the occasion to claim the Sandy Hook shooting was due in part to God being taken out of our schools.  See it for yourself (h/t to Right Wing Watch).

Graham fils thus added his voice to those of Mike Huckabee, Bryan Fischer and numerous others.  

To put it mildly, this is disappointing.  Graham sounded a laudable tone immediately after the shooting, calling for the nation to embrace Newtown with love and prayers.  But after yesterday, I have to wonder if this was only for public consumption, while his latest screed was for the true believers.  After all, Graham seemed to walk back his cheap shot about Obama's faith in a CNN interview, only to tell the true believers on American Family Radio only a day later that he doubted whether a true Christian could vote for Obama.

There can be no sugarcoating it--Franklin Graham has officially gone off the deep end.  And as a result, this reality-based charismatic Christian is going to have to change a button on his radio.  One of my favorite Christian music stations was WMIT in Asheville, whose signal atop Clingman's Peak reaches my home in Charlotte.  However, ever since Graham fils started flirting with birtherism early in the campaign cycle, I'd been boycotting the station.  Well, after this piece of callous drivel, that boycott is now permanent as long as Graham fils is at the helm.  I just fired off an email to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association--if you feel the same way, click here to drop them a line--but please, be civil.

My email is reproduced below.

I was outraged to learn that Franklin Graham suggested that the Sandy Hook shooting was caused by mandatory prayer being abolished in the public schools.  These remarks were unbelievably callous and inappropriate.  I wonder if Reverend Graham would have dared to say such things to a parent who lost a child in that shooting.

The last thing these parents need right now is to be preached at.  They need to be loved on and to know the nation stands with them.  I thought that of all organizations, the BGEA would understand this.  Judging by Reverend Graham's comments, apparently I was mistaken.

I had been a loyal listener of 106.9 the Light.  But after these comments, as long as Franklin Graham is president of the BGEA, I will never listen to that station.  Reverend Graham is going down a path of right-wing extremism that his father would have never approved of.  You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

One can only hope that Graham fils is more willing to answer whether he would tell the victims' parents that they died because kids weren't forced to pray.  
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  •  Another dangerous theocrat (5+ / 0-)

    whom we the American people need to mail to Iran.

  •  Franklin has gone off the cliff long time ago ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, pademocrat, jabney

    I'm afraid to say this , but it is only going to get worse. In his line of business (a very competitive business you might think with the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush, Huckabee, DeMint ), these people are trying very hard to outdo one another.

    Rush is their standard of intelligence and decency.

    I live in NC and unfortunately, we have given these people  a platform to destroy us in the next 2-4 years. I know lots of evangelicals here in NC ... and I have to tell you, these people are just getting more and more pathetic. It is not even funny anymore.

    •  What do you mean when you say, "we have given (0+ / 0-)

      these people a platform to destroy us"?

      "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

      by Cruzankenny on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:14:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  NC Governorship+ Assembly=Republican (2+ / 0-)
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        jabney, ExStr8

        NC Governorship and Assembly (House + Senate) are now in solid Republican control. Gerrymandering has turned a dem. Advantage into a Republican blowout.

        NC strength over the years has been its education system.
        Those things are now gone. People like Franklin Graham (who is based in NC) will certainly have a much bigger influence in NC politics as never before. My friends who have jobs with the state are working on their resumes. Massive cuts are coming.
        Fracking inside NC as well as drilling off the coast of NC is coming (already been announced), ...

        Things like early voting, same day registration, ... etc ... will all be gone next year. Those laws were already passed, by the rep. dominated assembly,  but vetoed by the Dem. governor. Now that the Governor is Republican watch for NC to become the new MI,OH, WI, FL, PA, ...

        Governor Pat McCroty will soon start making plenty of news at the National level ...

  •  I took your advise and email him; or at least (1+ / 0-)
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    his ministry.
    My email, I tried to be nice:
    Dear Mr. Graham,
    I never in my life felt I would have the need to write you and I hope to never again.
    This is a short question:
    How can you be so unfeeling as to blame the shooting of those children on the lack of prayer in our schools?
    I could go into how I believe your Father would have responded, but it is enough to question your response.
    I am very sad for you, as you worship a God that would perpetrate the killing of young children to make a political point.
    Merry Christmas.

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:11:11 AM PST

  •  Not surprised he would take this opportunity to (2+ / 0-)
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    The Nose, ExStr8

    fleece the sheep solicit funds.
    That's what he does.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:22:01 AM PST

  •  April 2012 Mass Shooting at Christian College In (7+ / 0-)

    Oakland by former student. Plenty of prayer in that school.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:22:55 AM PST

  •  That confirms my suspicion that the fundamentalist (2+ / 0-)
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    killjoy, ExStr8

    network is shifting it's chief sales pitch back to the school prayer focus since that's been a key part of the refrain of this tradition of blaming all tragedies on their perceived enemies while not threatening the bottom line of any of their benefactors.

    At least you have to give them credit for not going totally batshit as they've been doing for some time and leaving that to the smaller, less financially invested, crazies.

    Of course given the times and the general insanity that's been created across the nation, they would soon be advocating for sermons, confessionals, altar calls, and most important the educational offertory which used to dedicated to lunch, or milk, or enrichment projects.  And what with everyone armed, whoa to any protestors.

    Whatever facsimile of this end would work since it's not inconsistent with a theocracy would be acceptable; it just can't be too sectarian, unless the voters in a school, or district, or state clearly vote in favor of one of the choices.

    •  They're regrouping (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, ExStr8

      after pretty much giving up on specific social issues and political domination.  Now their game is all about arguing that 'secular culture' is a disaster, so the country better re-religionize and all that.  It's utter kettle logic given that the Red/Christianist regions of the country are a lot worse generally, but their arguments being stupid and wrong never stops them.

      I've come to the conclusion that what all this crap is is a force whose claims and adherents are nonproductive at best.  But their function in American history is to cajol, insult, and urge secular liberals into solving the great collective problems which they (of course) are incompetent to.

  •  What a vicious god! (1+ / 0-)
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    Whichever one it is. If schoolchildren are not forced to pray to him/her, he/she responds by massacring them?

    Aside from facts, which no doubt are another godless conspiracy. Secular Western Europe and Japan do not have mass school shootings. Officially atheist Cuba, which actually does have a well regulated militia, an armed population in addition to the professional armed forces, does not have school shootings.

    He's just another attention whore. Donald Trump wearing a cross.

  •  A two-legged ad for atheism. (0+ / 0-)

    Pro-gun, too.

    "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

    by bontemps2012 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:42:29 AM PST

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