Franklin Graham: My Father Has Never Criticized My Outspokenness

Evangelist Franklin Graham, who blasted President Obama’s remarks at the national Prayer breakfast slamming Christianity, said he knows one person whom he can depend on to defend his right to speak up-his father, legendary evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham told WKTR that his father has never criticized his outspokenness, saying, “No, never. My father was also critical. He was critical of communism. He was critical of sex and violence in Hollywood. In recent years, he certainly came out in support of Amendment One in North Carolina which is the state’s voter-approved gay marriage ban. It’s the same one federal judges struck down recently.”

Obama had said, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.” After Obama had spoken, Graham blasted back on Facebook, “Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President implied that what ISIS is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition. Mr. President–Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life. Mohammad on the contrary was a warrior and killed many innocent people. True followers of Christ emulate Christ—true followers of Mohammed emulate Mohammed.”

Speaking to WKTR, Graham didn’t pull any punches with regard to Obama, and he didn’t hold back on his views of gay marriage. He said, “Marriage is defined between a man and a woman. And it`s never been defined between two women or two men. God is the one who instituted marriage and for our politicians and our judges to say something contrary to God`s law and teaching is a sad day.”

He explained further, “As a man, I`m attracted to women. But I have made a commitment to my wife. Now, just because I`m attracted to a woman does not mean I have a license to go ahead and do whatever I want because that`s the way I feel and that`s my attraction. I have to say no … And I understand where someone may have come from a gay background and they are attracted to someone of the same sex. But you have to say no. And you have to take those feelings and suppress them and ask for God`s help in doing that.”

Graham wasn’t about to step back when discussing the deaths of  Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City. He said, “And both of these young men are dead because they refused to obey the police. And that`s sad but we are becoming so lawless in many of our communities. What happened to both of `em is a shame. It shouldn`t have never happened.”

The evangelist stated that his trust in the political sphere has vanished. He stated, “I believe that the moral foundation of this nation is eroding and has serious cracks in our moral foundation. And I`m not sure if we`ll ever get it back. I`m not sure that this country can ever turn around and be saved. I have no faith in the Democratic Party. I don`t have any faith in the Republican Party. I don`t believe that there`s a candidate out there that can change this. Because both parties, and I don`t even know who the Tea Party is. I just don`t have faith the politicians of this nation can take a stand for the moral issues we face and turn it around.” 


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