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Franklin Graham Defends Comments on Gay Activists and Islam, Compares Himself to Father Speaking Out
Christian Post ^ | March 27, 2014 | Morgan Lee

Posted on 03/27/2014 11:39:15 AM PDT by xzins

Franklin Graham defended his controversial remarks about homosexuality, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Islam, saying that he is only following in his father's own activist footsteps.

"You talk about controversy – my father (Billy Graham) stood with Martin Luther King in the early 1960s," Graham told The Charlotte Observer. "My father never worried about polls. I don't care about them, either. And with the issues we are facing today – if my father were a younger man, he would be addressing and speaking out in the exact same way I'm speaking out on them."

Late last month, Graham suggested that Putin was "right" on how the Russian government had dealt with its LGBT activists.

"Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda," he wrote for Decision magazine.

In 2011, the head of the humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse suggested that American Muslims do not genuinely practice their faith, because those who do are violent.

"True Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can't beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they've committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries," he told CNN.

But on Tuesday, Graham suggested that his blunt remarks about LGBT activists and those "living in sin" were rooted in tough love.

"I love people enough and care enough," Graham said, "to warn them … that if they chose to continue to live in sin, God is going to judge them one day and they'll be separated from Him for eternity in hell."

He also asserted that gay couples who want to adopt children are possibly looking to indoctrinate them with a pernicious worldview.

"[Gay couples] can recruit. You can adopt a child into a marriage, but you can also recruit children into your cause. I believe in protecting children from exploitation – all exploitations," he said.

On Tuesday, Graham hosted a dinner for 175 Charlotte, N.C., pastors to focus on the plight of pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2012.

Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, attended the event and encouraged the public to speak out for her husband's release.

"The more people who are praying and getting involved, the better," Naghmeh told the Observer. "The spotlight on him is keeping him alive."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: franklingraham; graham; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; islam; samaritanspurse

1 posted on 03/27/2014 11:39:15 AM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

Preach it, Franklin! I stand with you!


2 posted on 03/27/2014 11:40:31 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: clintonh8r

Yep.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 11:42:04 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: xzins

I hope he turns it up! His courage is one of the main reasons I support Samaritan’s Purse.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 11:43:07 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: xzins

Glad he has the cajones to stand by his words.

It’s sadly missing these days. And that too was part of the agenda... destroy courage, masculinity, and Americanism as well.

Can’t stand the left at all.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 11:43:47 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: xzins

Go Franklin go, the truth needs to be told every day.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 11:46:19 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: xzins

He seems to be stronger in the Lord than even his father. You go brother!


7 posted on 03/27/2014 11:48:09 AM PDT by celmak
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To: xzins

I admire his courage and conviction, but I hope Franklin is ready for what’s coming. The radical gay organizations will try to ruin or divest his financial structure, namely that of Samaritain’s Purse. It matters not how much good his organization does around the world. They will come after his investors and backers as with The Boy Scouts. I’m surprised The Boy Scouts still exists at all considering how many big name lemmings have thought it fashionable to drop their support. I wish him luck and great awareness against this foe.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 11:48:37 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: xzins
He also asserted that gay couples who want to adopt children are possibly looking to indoctrinate them with a pernicious worldview.

Queers adopting children, a position advocated by both presidential candidates in the last election but Romney did add, "as long as they love each other".

9 posted on 03/27/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: xzins

Why adopt when you have a government school system and pop culture that groom kids to homosexuality? A kid is more at risk in school for sexual molestation than at a church, but nobody knows that because the media covers it up.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 11:52:27 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: xzins

Although I liked his father, I think Franklin is far less anxious to be PC than his father. I say good for him. Would that so-called conservative politicians were of the same stuff.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 11:57:31 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: xzins

Amen! Would that God would send a thousand more just like him. His strength of conviction and courage for Christ is sadly lacking in the Church today. My own Church could take a lesson or two from him.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 12:02:32 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: clintonh8r

Amen! Me too. I am also fortunate to have a Pastor that speaks the same way.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 12:11:27 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan! (Mrs. Yellowdoghunter))
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To: xzins

What a blessing this man of God must be to his Earthly father, the Rev. Billy and what a rich heritage.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 12:11:42 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: xzins
Psalm 62:6

"He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved."

15 posted on 03/27/2014 12:30:21 PM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: clintonh8r

I stand with Graham! but...

sadly I fear its only a matter of time before he apologizes


16 posted on 03/27/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: attiladhun2

I love and respect his father. There is no greater evangelist of the last century than him. But you are correct that his son is less PC. Quite honestly, he had to be. His generation and ours has seen much more overt wickedness through evil mechanisms such as homosexuality and Islam than his father did. Billy was afforded the courtesy of preaching in public arenas where politicians of both parties bowed their heads next to uniformed military generals. I remember an Air Force 3 star peaking at one of Billy’s crusades. That would NEVER be allowed today. If you are a warrior for Jesus Christ, you have to fight the enemy that Satan sends out to the battlefield.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 12:52:23 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: xzins

>”True Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries,” he told CNN.<

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What Franklin still does not realize is that it does not stop with wife beatings and honor killings but that, in the end, non-believers will also become victims of their murderous way of life.

Franklin should have concluded that Islam is totally incompatible with anything not Islamic. He should have finished his sentence.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

Let’s go further. Any belief that tempts people away from a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is from hell.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 1:08:06 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: xzins

Franklin is a good guy, but I don’t know if I’d brag about marching with Comrade King.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 1:17:46 PM PDT by equalator
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To: lee martell
I admire his courage and conviction, but I hope Franklin is ready for what’s coming. The radical gay organizations will try to ruin or divest his financial structure, namely that of Samaritain’s Purse. It matters not how much good his organization does around the world. They will come after his investors and backers as with The Boy Scouts. I’m surprised The Boy Scouts still exists at all considering how many big name lemmings have thought it fashionable to drop their support. I wish him luck and great awareness against this foe.


We have supported Sams Purse for years. When the obama Administration dis invited him to the prayer breakfast a few years ago, we doubled our giving. Most of the people giving to SP are true Christians who agree with him/Gods word. Yes, the left will attack him viciously, but I really don't believe he will cave like world vision(then relent). A few years back world vision sided with global warming frauds so I stopped giving to them completely. God is separating the wheat from the chaff. We already have seen a lot of that with churches becoming worldly. I think Franklin will stand like Jesus disciples did, like we should. We need to pray for him. We've had two great awakenings. Franklin, if he stands strong and speaks Gods truth to the people and evil, could lead us to the third. We are ripe for a revival, as we watch this country and the world deteriorate.
21 posted on 03/27/2014 1:26:31 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: xzins

22 posted on 03/27/2014 1:32:02 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: xzins

This country is over when millions will speak out for gay marriage and gay rights but remain silent when Christians are imprisoned and murdered all over the world.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 2:12:46 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: clintonh8r
Preach it, Franklin! I stand with you!

As do I.

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.




24 posted on 03/27/2014 2:26:48 PM PDT by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: attiladhun2

I think your observation about Franklin being more willing to speak out against PC (than his father was) - I can see what you are saying - but, OTOH, during the time of Billy Graham’s, preaching days there was not so much liberal PC being jammed down our throats.

I have no doubt that if Billy were still on the preaching circuit, he would be just as forthright as his son.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 3:06:38 PM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: xzins

Good, keep it up Franklin.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 8:27:04 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: xzins

There was a time when I thought Franklin was a weaker version of his father. Boy, was I wrong! GO, Franklin!!! Keep yourself IMMERSED IN GOD and He will keep your paths safe for you! Thank you for your faithfulness to His Word.


27 posted on 03/27/2014 10:38:08 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: clintonh8r

Thank God someone is!


28 posted on 03/28/2014 12:39:17 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: lee martell

Then they must come thru us as his investors.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 12:40:49 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: xzins

Now THAT.. is leadership! Franklin stands in the gap!


30 posted on 03/28/2014 7:26:57 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: xzins

He is right.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 8:24:45 AM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: eleni121

This stand by Franklin Graham is straight up conviction and courage.

He and Ted Cruz should join forces.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 8:28:07 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: icwhatudo

No he won’t......Graham is made of stronger stuff.......
And he wants to please only one......Jesus Christ.


33 posted on 03/30/2014 3:56:40 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: SkyPilot
One cannot rise to senior levels in the military today unless one @$$-kisses the political class. There are no more Billy Mitchells and the media would either ignore or destroy the character of a Mitchell today.

As a consequence, we could very well lose the next war--disasterously. We could recover from disaster in wars past, but not today.
34 posted on 04/09/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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