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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Franklin Graham Thinks Unbelievers Hate the Religious Right. He’s Right, We Do!

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Comic by Keven Siers
As always, Fundamentalist Franklin Graham is clueless as to WHY unbelievers hate and despise the religious right. Look in the mirror Franklin. YOU are to blame.

America has flaunted its sexual immorality to the world. We’ve neglected many of the poor and suffering and are guilty of much injustice, pride and self-indulgence. We are broken spiritually, adrift morally and divided politically and racially—following whichever direction the bankrupt culture seems to drive us.

Sadly, the voices of hate have grown increasingly loud and insulting, and it was my prayer then and now that God would silence these voices like he shut the mouths of the lions when Daniel was hurled into the den.

While those hateful voices have been raised on both sides of the political aisle, we must realize that ultimately what is transpiring in our nation is an increasing hatred of God, His Word and His ways.

In my lifetime, I have never seen such blatant and incessant animosity toward Christ and His followers. We should not be surprised, because the Scripture tells us that if they hated the Lord Jesus Christ, they surely would despise those who worship and serve Him.


So let’s be clear. While believers should never raise voices of hate against anyone, the real object of hate in our nation (that has been so blessed by God) is none other than God Himself. What has been historically called good and righteous is now called evil, and what was evil is now called good. The Bible says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).

In what I can only describe as unbelievable, the Southern Poverty Law Center in Mongtomery, Ala., has labeled a number of Christian organizations—such as the Family Research Council led by my friend Tony Perkins, and D. James Kennedy Ministries-—hate organizations simply because they hold to the teachings of the Bible on key social issues like same-sex marriage. Powerful contributors to the SPLC include Apple President Tim Cook and financial services giant J.P. Morgan. The leftist-progressive media frequently reference the SPLC in their reporting.


We need to pray for those who hate the Gospel, those who hate the Name of Jesus, those who hate His followers—that they will come out of their self-imposed darkness and into the light of God’s forgiveness through faith and repentance in Christ, who gave Himself for our sins.

The love of Jesus is the supreme antidote against the hate of our culture. It is the love that saved us from our iniquities and will save whomever will call on His Name.

— Franklin Graham, Decision Magazine, From Franklin Graham: Hate What God Hates, October 3, 2017


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    The lack of self awareness is staggering. We dont hate them because of who they worship, we dislike their overreach about controlling how everyone else lives. If they spent less energy demonizing gay people and lining their pockets with checks from frankly gullible followers and more time helping the poor and downtrodden they might be able to gain some credibility. Frankly the religious right will be forever associated with their lord and savior, Donald Trump(see the babylon bee, a completely credible satire news site ) May the world become a better place after he leaves office.

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      Bruce Gerencser

      Spot on. It’s their Bible-based policies and theocratic tendencies that anger non-believers. Evangelical support of Trump pretty well ruined what little credibility they had left.

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    Appalachian Agnostic

    I don’t hate Christians, but I do hate the gospel. It has caused a lot of unnecessary pain for a lot of people.

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    Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins and the completely not missed by anyone not like the first two D.James Kennedy, don’t seem to notice that their “God” somehow has the totally same politics that they have. Their “God” miraculously feels and declares the same political views that they espouse. The reason they end up on the SPLC list is not just because they are conservative anti-gay Christians, but because they keep making hateful and ignorant statements about gays, women, blacks and other minority’s. They blatantly refuse to change their rhetoric to reflect reality regarding those people groups. They could lose their bigot label if they actually tried to change their rhetoric. I don’t see either Graham or Perkins doing that.

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      I know – right? They don’t even have to say they approve of gay marriage, just stop repeating the known lies as facts.

      Tony Perkins is so hopped up on hate he can’t let go one inch in case he loses everything. Sad to be so wrong, so hateful, and so desperate.

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      You’ve hit on something that is worth exploring. The God as a created invisible friend also takes on the politics, prejudices and morality of the evangelist that created “Him”. It is blatantly obvious to me that it is mere mental masturbation, but the evangelist fosters the delusion.

      I’ve done some research on Franklin Graham (and sister Anne). I figured they were showing Billy’s true self, and no doubt some of their variation in style and substance from good old Billy Graham is the purified essence of what they got at home. A missing element is the role that mother Ruth Graham as well as the Bible belt environment. The hand that rocks the cradle no doubt had a huge impact in the two nuts that fell from the tree.

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