Franklin Graham attacked Pete Buttigieg, a Christian Presidential candidate, on Twitter the other day for being gay. The controversial minister called for him to repent. Meanwhile Graham continues to blindly defend Donald Trump as news of his affairs with porn stars came out or the news of their cover up has come forward. This blog believes if anyone understands family values and the importance of marriage it is Pete Buttigieg.
“It’s hard to think of a single prominent American Christian who better illustrates the collapsing Evangelical public witness than Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son. His commitment to the Christian character of American public officials seems to depend largely on their partisan political identity.”
David French in the National Review
“Many have quarreled about religion that never practised it.“
Hebrews 7:25 ESV
Franklin Graham is in the news again for his comments on the political race. In this situation he is going after Pete Buttigieg for being gay. Below is the Tweets that Franklin Graham sent out yesterday. I will explain the situation down below.
Franklin Graham on Twitter
Background of What Happened…
Pete Buttigreg opened up about his faith in a town hall on CNN on Monday night. For those of you who are not familiar with Buttigreg he is running for President as a Democrat. He is a veteran of Afghanistan and the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is also openly gay and in a committed marriage to his partner. In a CNN town-hall he took a question about his faith and being gay and was asked about how he can unite conservatives, moderates and liberal Christians behind him on his platform. The mayor from South Bend spoke openly about the challenges that exist and also about why church and state should be separated. He spoke about what God meant to him. You can read more about it here.
Franklin Graham could not hold back and went after Pete Buttigreg on Twitter. He said that Buttigreg is correct God doesn’t back a political party. But he also said that God is about laws, commandments and standards. Graham also ripped into him for being gay and said that is is not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized. He also reminded him that marriage is between a man and a woman. The comments by Graham stirred outrage and were reported by the Washington Post, Daily Beast and ABC News. Charlotte Observer , Franklin’s hometown newspaper in an editorial called out Graham and said that his behavior is out of line and that he is becoming more and more irrelevant. That belief was also complimented by an article in the National Review by David French. French writes that no other person illustrates the collapse of evangelical Christianity in the United States better than Franklin Graham. He compares and contrasts his behavior in challenging Bill Clinton with his adultery in 1998 while defending Donald Trump with his adultery today.
Franklin Graham’s Hypocrisy is Embarrassing
Franklin Graham’s behavior is part of the reason young people are abandoning the evangelical church. Graham is willing to go after someone and attack them while defending someone who has engaged in adultery. Buttigreg has remained in a relationship with one person and his been faithful to his marriage. To my knowledge Buttigreg hasn’t tried to silence affairs with porn stars like Donald Trump has done. In contrast Trump is regularly and routinely defended by Franklin Graham. I have written about this a few times already, but here are some examples. Late in 2018 when news was coming out, broken by The Wall Street Journal, that Trump had several affairs with porn stars and that it was covered up, Graham replied that it was none of the media’s business if Trump had affairs and defended him. You can read that in, “Franklin Graham is Upset that Walmart Sold “Impeach 45” T-Shirts. Plus Graham Believes that Trump’s Affairs with Porn Stars is Nobody’s Business.” Toward the end of the year Graham again spoke out and stated that Donald Trump is a strong defender of the Christian faith. You can read about that in, “Franklin Graham Says Donald Trump is a “Defender of the Christian Faith.” Plus Newsweek on Young Evangelicals Abandoning Faith Because of Politics.”
So now we have a situation that Franklin Graham is attacking another person while refusing to speak out and condemn another person’s adultery. I did some research on Stormy Daniels while writing this post. What I am about to say next is not a cheap shot at her but I want to share some of the titles from some of her movies. Some of titles include the following: Blow by Blow, Horny Co-Worker, Band Camp, Eager Beaver, I Know What You Did Last Night, and Breast Side Story. Donald Trump chose to have an affair with a porn star while his wife was recovering from giving birth if I recall correctly. In all that has transpired Graham has not once called him out. Instead he defends, defends, and defends at all costs. So let me state this, I think its safe to state that if anyone has family values it is Pete Buttigieg and not Donald Trump. David French is right in his National Review article. Graham has become a symbol of how corrupt evangelical Christianity can become. And the fact that many churches still use Graham’s programs and stay silent on this issue appalls me. In many ways I am learning much about evangelicalism and how corrupt it is in observing and watching Franklin Graham. I had a lot of respect for Billy Graham and admired him but I really have none when it comes to Franklin Graham.