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Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
November 21st, 2012
12:11 PM ET

Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

“Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama …  for wisdom, Divine guidance, and that God would accomplish His will and purposes,” Graham said in a statement. “While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders whether or not they agree with them or their policies.”

Graham the president and CEO of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is the son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist with many political ties. The elder Graham has met and prayed with every president since Harry Truman.

Though Franklin Graham decries political partisanship in his statement, he endorsed Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

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After meeting with Romney at the elder Graham’s home in Montreat, North Carolina, Franklin Graham gave a full-throated endorsement of Romney in a USA Today opinion piece.  Billy Graham appeared in full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other newspapers, calling on voters to cast a ballot for their faith.

"As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last,” reads the ad, which features Graham prominently. "I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God."

Many saw the ad as an endorsement of Romney due to its timing, but Franklin Graham insists the ad was not a formal endorsement of Romney, rather an endorsement of biblical values.

During an editorial meeting last week with CNN, Franklin Graham made the case that America was at a crossroads, especially economically. In the meeting, Graham said he thinks America’s economic doldrums could be God’s way of sending a message about the nation’s growing secularization and about what Graham sees as its increasing immorality.

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Graham’s view is connected to his view of American exceptionalism, which revolves around the idea of a special relationship between God and the United States. “God has blessed the United States of America more than any other nation on this earth,” Graham said. “But we’ve turned our back on God as a nation and it’s sad, and I believe that his hand of blessing could slowly be removed from this country. We need to repent.”

Graham made the same sort of economic message in his call to prayer.

“When we look at the moral and economic decline of our nation and the international threats before us, it should be clear that we cannot solve these monumental problems without the help of Almighty God,” he said. “Our future may very well depend on our prayers.”

– CNN’s Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Billy Graham • Evangelical • Mitt Romney • Politics

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  1. david

    go back tobeing irrelevant franklin! still seeking to deceive/influence the masses! you have 0 power!!! losers!!!

    November 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      My Word Which Lays Upon Truths Opening the Door

      Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God!"

      Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!"

      John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"

      Manly made Gods in name onliness euphemisms have become cherishing sublimations not to be outdone by anothers' naming of God such as Elohim or Jehovah etc etc. Is it not of more-so importance to write or make small-talk toward others to 'menstruatively' condition the morals of youthfulness than to bicker and banter about as aged 'gossipers' seeking praises of others to justify their own selfishness sakes? Who therefore is to be pitied more, the one behind the podium or the audience?

      The christian word of truth being the gospels of which are now way too varying many to be had and can no more be held up in agonies righteousness sakes. To the christians; "The troubles with faithless and unfaithful trinitarians, those who belly-up to one god times three is, they read but only into it and get very little out of what they make 'gospel' in treacherously unsound morbid amplifications of unblessed pleasings by the manly adaptive and grudgingly adopted childishness views of Godly moralisms. Their rudimentary and timid preaching in devilish tongues beatifies only the lecherously dumb-hearted relics, the aged heartburns of their christiandumbness's idiosyncratic marmoset-like redundancies. Their godly embittered and fettered moralisms are but self-centered and selfishly censored upon age old redundant principles that are remorsefully archaic in round-about cultured replicants behooving those old fuddy duddies who fumble ever for their next glass worth of wine! Drunk and in temperamental stupors are the emotionally fallen within christiandumbs folds becoming sciatic pragmatisms unworthy of even one toasting for, but rather for the many to be rightly toasting against!"

      In retrospect, Godless bemoans and bewails the ungodly. For these are the choices from which commonwealth atheists do make felt upon their retrospective and habitual senses denying the goodly upon ever moving towards the ways of godly intent. Many young-bucks of godlessness and the ungodliness sensually tenders to avail themselves with the nailed doldrums' sciatica.They do abound with much societal unpleasantries toward the abaters of commonly wanton deniabilities against them. Ungodly and godless beings of smirked violaters of randomized intention-abilities are meant only as austerities of servile subversions. Their subversive deniabilities are not without compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-all of seasoned papacies irreversibly mandated.

      Likewise, the mockeries of these godless and ungodly against the goodly who themselves tenderly believe upon godly importance. The goodly ones may well live on to pass all and give bridled leverages onto every generation's aged continuations. How else could Life Truly End and Real Living Thusly Begin? To believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Christ Jesus came to this world to condemn it and yet did He come here to also show how tenderly are generous mercies shown upon those otherly ones being most merciful to others who did so shower mercy to be so freely given by those being most merciful! Again I do say to believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet and forever onwards many generations are to be favoringly found in many a mercies, for the mercifilled ambiences are one of our Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest unending rewards upon the most needy of the poorest in spirits.

      For God does never change His spiritualism and His Holy Spirit is the Great Sea of Absolute Nothingness! Always was and is and will ever be no matter what smatterings of materialized shapes do tend to seemingly clutter up His unending spiritual abundancy! It is truth that God has troubles within the fractal paradigms of inwardness's inter-cellular cosmologies as protrutions of insolent 'activists' that are sometimes revolting against the grains of our embodied sanctifications creating many unrighteous undulations of travesties not uncommonly being viewed by us celestial beings as being viral and even bacteriological in the way we understand things to be and therefore become. What was first made can never again become that which was made first for only in varying differential constructs can another thing be made upon to ever be outdone against that which was firstly made. The pillars of one's DNA, the in-celled spirals of all celestial life forms and formations bitten fomentations is where God's Sons and their given wives are taken in as residents there abouts.

      Forgoing much, the variegated Kingdom Domains of God lay where-from and within the inner structures of All Manner of Celestial Life and thusly does mankind share in the abundancies of living fractals within inward Inter-Cellular Cosmological Paradigms. As mankinds' continual hunting for the codifying of Life's laws in Cellularized Cosmologic Confinements, manliness ever does continue onwards. He will become ever aware of the once long ago forgotten and now duly hidden things. For yet, many folks will ever become unendingly complacent upon the societal grandeurs for wanting sakes, trying to avail themselves valiantly never to be outdone by those who tend to be in broadest simplifications' adjuring for peaceful resolutions. May we be merciful upon those who deservidely aspire to be merciful toward others. In godly spiritualisms do we seek the folding and refolding venues of life's yearnings.

      The "blood" of Christ Jesus will ever be an acclaiming conscription thru relief-based emotional prescriptions foresaken though not by the mobs nor even the masses allotments sakes! Only thru the individualists coming to self-minding emotional terms can one's detriments be erased! The podium does entertain the amassed audiences no matter the speaker who acclaims their wordages to be more then mere words but are as a model of enlightenment to be ever made as thoughtful conscious recognitions of after the speaker does close out their speech! How soon one forgets and how long one does dwell.

      A scattering of variegated opulence-ended minds are systolically deemed feeble-minded 'religiosofic' hoistings unendingly careening upon many culpable minds in these trying days' Age. Leave therefore your harshest social wantings and onwardly unprovable devotional yearnings behind and never take wind of one's earnest psychic longings for the weightiness of one's theatrical longings will smite even the most goodly intentioned influential beings. Carry away nothing and leave, ever to make headway to the places inside one's psychic-being and do not keep ajar your heart's door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving of this Life is but for the world to have needs of and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly righteous. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their yet unfinished juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our cynical splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's self and others analogous foldedness. Where then does true life really end and real living truly begin?

      For this world knows not the time nor the place for the 'sons of man' and their coming upon this world to make judgement upon the world's governance. Behold you now for the time is now upon mankind for these 'sons of man' are now placed in and upon mankind's midsts. They do see much societal and governing goodness upon many lands and the one son does also see much bitterness as well. These sons of but a simple minded fatherly man knows well the bitterness of social torments and much of the worldly social egress. The tears that flow from this man's sons are bitter and with much consolations gathering in their togetherness as wasted nuptials being leveraged upon by time's undoing stature. The angst of one man's sired sons is but now the two-folded spark of leavened thanksgiving and no more trickeries to be unfolded upon mankind! No more is unsoundness being one sons' beatifications while the otherly son does wastefully partake of brewed measures. As sons of loving parents, do we live on and towards finality's ends.

      Though my sights are now set, my heart maintains a pleasingly maleable notion of motion. I do so love my brother and other humane fledglings beyond the bounds of the wateriness-afforded baptismal complacencies. My brother and I are one blood and nothing dare comes between us lest they be but friendly natured. God as my soul's judge and Christ Jesus is my publicity's defender regarding my ongoing maleable heart! I am hell-bent to be my brother's keeper foresaking the watery conditionings of religious persuasion. May no man nor any women scorn my lot in this Life's consortium in brotherly assets. God forbade me in my time's past and did allow me the freedoms to be hung with! May the son and brother, being born of one common-placed man named Joseph and motherly Mary, be never-no-more to be found unwilling to set things right no matter what was so done in time's passing momentums!

      Who before this day's Age was found to be those worthy of Goodly praises? Who after us will find peace set before them? Who in today;s timeline are these "sons of man" that many should fear them for their worthiness stance? Who above can see the below? Who that is below can see what be above? From the very smallest and lowest crevice to the most high chasms, the Sea of Nothingness is the Holy Spirit. May the elemental gods find favor in these cherishing crevice-found sons of a common life man that they may not be afflicted with this world's power but rather they should carry upon them the angst from their manhoods till their natural deaths. Yes are my words so written as being of deism but I harken upon deism as being God's unending sons who did make in guilts shamefulness their taking of mankind's women, an unjust travesty to be once warned against but now acclaimed as high minded treasurings! In God are all things made cleanly and cleared up thru leveraging timeliness.

      Only God's sons could make a real tree and in their unending lengths of progressive natures did they create mankind's celestial presence. God in His Holy Spirit being the absolution of all and every considerations makes well all things be they physical or be they minded in thoughtfulness considerations. The Holy Spirit of Almighy God is the Great Sea of Nothingness which where-in does abound streams of the pleasentries of apparelled beings ever cleansed in opulence conditionings. In all godly places are many structured things so well placed. Whomever can say differently the amassing of things that are bound by His gravimetric conditions? Who dare I ask?

      What I do in earnestness spiritually believe in is that the Family members of God including God Himself lives upon the very first created cosmos which is the inner cosmos. Many people in the scientific communes do call this inner cosmos as being atomic in nature. Our being here upon the celestial or outer cosmos is due our being cast from or made out of the inner cosmos smatterings. For many reasons are less well known by the people's modulating masses. Some of us were cast out of and made with this inner cosmos smatterings based upon conditionalized servile faulterings of unforeseen waywardness of God's husbandries and some were made by God's husbandry willingly wanting God's buildings to continue to do the Lord's Will here upon this celestial realm of gigantic life forms.

      Whereupon one's insides are living many families of God's members and servants and otherly holiness brethrens. We live upon this celestal realm doing what we want while many of us unify ourselves in the societal goodnesses of the communally reigned. My way is not your way nor are others' ways ours or yours and yet when we cross paths we receive each other and after a spell do walk on and are parted.Therefore, walk placidly amid the noise and waste ever being mindful of the peace one finds in finding peace there about.

      Prayers or praying about things gives one time to be reflective upon the things being prayed upon and for. Many times prayers can be thought thru and found to be in no need of one's sonly god. 1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!" Our labouring together with God imparts upon the mind's eyes that we have been given an equal footing with God and are left to our own means and where-with-all to live out our life no matter what befalls one. Death befalls all things living. Even within the Kingdom Domains of God where does reside all God's sons and His daughters-in-law.

      Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about religions' piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?

      Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was In the Beginning, an elemental king of all the elemental gods. Jesus, in His cunning, thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in semi-lucid broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.

      As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' sounding alarms against godly beratements. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimally finite elemental gods did shower the solarized planetary systems with their embodied beings. And in the now time, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the Stardusts of the Ages.

      My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" my body's real Son of God. He has strewn his rivers of Nothingness with 'photogeneticisms' or the leveraging stillness of the smattered photons creating all manner of the first 'atom-like' materialized smatterings needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals calibrationed members of our selfishly declared 'Periodic Table' of Materialized Photogenetics.

      Microbiologists are today's inward inner-seeking astrophysicists for they are searching among our embodied core-roots to find answers regarding biological fractals of inner-cosmological paradigms. We truly are God's buildings! Some of our bodies are as condominiums and some are for storage purposes and some are the temples where God's family members and His servants and otherly noly brethrens do pay homages within. 1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"

      Written by God's Oldest Dreamer

      November 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Hello

      dreamer.. your myth is a lie.... read Caesar's Messiah by Joseph Atwill....

      November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • srosset

      lionlylamb. No none reads past the first 2 sentences.

      November 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Elaine Cantalupo

      So Billly Graham's racist son is "praying" for Obama. No he is hoping for Obama's death. This is a con artist pimping Jesus for money. I just read an article from a religious organization that stated the Franklin takes a salary of $1.2 million a year.
      Imagine, that's some Jesus he prays too. Franklin is just waiting for his father to kick the bucket so he can get his greedy, self-serving hands on his father's empire. Empire- Pimping Jesus for Money. you gotta love these "religious" leaders.

      November 30, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  2. Jesus Christ

    ....and I urge people to stop listening preachers that only preach to make money off of people...

    November 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      John 2:15
      And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

      November 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      EXACTLY Robert! Thank you!

      November 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Miss demeanor

      But you can only rake in the big bucks as a televangelist... so they have IMPROVED the message of Jeeeeezus.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  3. Abinadi

    Franklin's "FULL THROATED ENDORSEMENT" ended up being for the LOSER! HA HA!!!

    November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Maybe...

      Maybe FG drinks lots of whiskey and smokes a lot to get that full throated effect.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Maybe,

      I think that's to get the full throated taste out of his mouth. You know how these evangelical preachers are mostly repressed ho mose xuals anyway.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • who invited me?

      slurp, slurp....

      November 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Abinadi

      The real question is...does Franklin swallow?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • The Truth

      No, the real question is how many of his followers have swallowed...

      November 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • dirtdogs

      same guy who got all excited when *Trump* was talking about running? no cred whatsoever.

      November 22, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • iceandsnow3

      AMEN!! Obama is the right choice for Pres.

      November 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  4. george wheon

    Franklin, as much good as this organization has done, you have ruint it all. I believe and really hope that another group will come along and break your organization completely up just because you removed the cult list from your organization!!!! You are a very disgusting "evangelical" "leader".

    November 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • dirtdogs

      George, our family used to make sizeable donations to Samaritan's Purse...til we found out one yr FG raked in close to 1.2 mil btw SP and daddy's org. We went to Africa on a 2 wk mission (self financed but arranged by SP), DH and I are both MDs, and had a great time. Last wk, after FG said Romney lost bc "Christians didn't vote" I'd had enough and sent an email to SP saying pl remove me fr all yr mailing lists, I cannot support yr org anymore, not after these divisive and insulting statements fr yr leader. Never heard back. We have found other charities to support.

      November 22, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  5. Jesusiscreepy

    "Franklin Graham gave a full-throated endorsement of Romney," Does anyone think Romney is hung big enough to fill Franklin Graham's throat?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Jesusiscreepy

      I mean, seriously....I didn't write the article. What was the author thinking when he said, "a FULL THROATED..." Who WOULDN'T go there? LMAO!!!!!

      November 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Jesusiscreepy

      Though, if Franklin is THAT into Romney, maybe the "full throated" endorsement was well worth it....

      November 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Jesusiscreepy

      So now we know that Franklin is in to hairy guys...have you seen that ape Romney with his shirt off??? GEESH, we're talking Neanderthal at best! Possibly Cro-Magnon.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Calypso

      Jesus isn't creepy, but YOU are! Gross!

      November 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  6. Jesusiscreepy

    FVCK *FF franklin! You are a total nothing! Just like your creepy, flip-flopping father!

    November 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  7. Reality

    Franklin, Franklin, Franklin,

    Considering your media plays recently, your "non-profits" must be hurting for donations. Fortunately, the con game you and your father have been pulling is now known globally. Time to get rid of the mansions and limos and join the rest of the working class.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  8. lionlylamb

    A scattering of variegated opulence-ended minds is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave therefore your harshest social wantings and unprovable devotional yearnings behind and never take wind of one's earnest longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave, ever to make headway to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your heart's door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving of this Life is but for the world to have needs of and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly righteous. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their yet unfinished juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our cynical splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's self and others analogous foldedness.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • stoneyage

      If you truly want to communicate you should stop thinking anybody woul want to read your lengthy epistles and obscure prosaic nothings.

      December 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  9. v_mag

    In the house where I grew up in the '50s, Billy Graham was considered a living saint. Through the years, hellish hosts of televangelists (Jim Baker, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggert, many others) got caught doing something very unChristian, but until the Franklins got involved in politics, they stood out as respectable spokesmen for their cause. Now, they are just another bunch of Republican mouthpieces, and nobody outside their cult will give them any credence whatsoever.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  10. lionlylamb

    "The troubles with faithless and unfaithful trinitarians, those who belly-up to one god times three is, they read but only into it and get very little out of what they make 'gospel' in unsound morbid amplifications of unblessed pleasings by the manly adaptive and grudgingly adopted childishness views of Godly moralisms. Their rudimentary and timid preachings in devilish tongues beatifies only the lecherously dumb-hearted relics, the aged heartburns of their christiandumbness's idiosyncratic marmoset-like redundancies. Their godly embittered and fettered moralisms are but self-centered and selfishly censored upon age old redundant principles that are remorsefully archaic in round-about cultured replicants behooving those old fuddy duddies who fumble ever for their next glass worth of wine! Drunk and in temperamental stupors are the emotionally fallen within christiandumbs folds becoming sciatic pragmatisms unworthy of even one toasting for, but rather for the many to be rightly toasting against!"

    November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  11. Mohammad A Dar

    Grahams, flip floppers, have no self respect, goons.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  12. Ting

    "Graham said he thinks America’s economic doldrums could be God’s way of sending a message about the nation’s growing secularization – and about what Graham sees as its increasing immorality."

    Yes I'm sure that's it. America is doomed for turning away from God. If Graham wants to see real immorality, he should read the Bible.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • sam stone

      We are not becoming less moral. We are just less accepting of YOUR version of morality

      November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      "Immoralists" do run the social gauntlets of each and every sect of the masses' mobs in societal shenanigans.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Akira

      As do the "moralists".

      November 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Akira,

      Distantly "amoral" standings should be a questionability to hasten moral and the immoral clemencies should such a thing be wise to stand upon do you think?

      November 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • stoneyage

      Should I take it then, that God had somehow rewarded this nation for wiping out the natives and enslaving black people?

      December 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  13. Bootyfunk

    yes, the people filled with hate for g.ays, women and minorites need to pray for obama. lol. pray for yourself. or better yet, stop talking to yourself - start thinking for yourself.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  14. Robert Brown

    Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Every day, you are kind, and at night you give me a song as my prayer to you, the living Lord God.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • OOO

      Go ahead and spend your life on your knees.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • sam stone

      Good to see that slavery is still alive and well, Robert

      November 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Robert Brown said prior he basis his belief on "vibes and feelings" he gets when around a group of people. That is how he knows a god exists.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Christianity,
      I have never posted any comment comparing faith to mere feelings and emotions. Perhaps someone posted something like that using my handle, but I have not.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    How do you know when a christian is lying?

    Their mouh is moving

    November 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  16. high body counts fer jeeezus

    Son of America's (self-appointed) Pastor knows well that televangelism is where the money is and that missing any opportunity to be in the media spotlight by associating with politicians would be a seeee-in. Fer only ten percent of whut yewww earn, I kin show yewwww how to get a seat in the kingdom of Jeeeezus. If you give more, ahhh kin git yeeewwww a front-row seat in that showplace in the sky. It will beee Glow-rious. We aren't looking for true believers... we want NUMBERS... so we can raise the big bucks... that's what gawwwwd commands us to do. We need High body-counts fer Jeeeezus.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  17. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    Prayer is an excuse to act like you are doing something when in "reality" you are doing nothing

    November 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Ting

      Franklin Graham's Thanksgiving message:Talk to yourself about Obama.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Colorado

      Mental Illness, the best thing that could ever happen to the likes of you would be for a decent person to prayer for you.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  18. Rev. Rick

    Quoting from the article..."Many saw the [Billy Graham] ad as an endorsement of Romney due to its timing, but Franklin Graham insists the ad was not a formal endorsement of Romney, rather an endorsement of biblical values."

    I hope you all recogize BS when you see it. As reported by CNN in a previous article, Graham's Christian website quietly removed its condemnation of Mormonism as a cult, just about the time Graham "endorsed" Romney as the Republican presidential candidate. It amazing how people will compromise their values when they need to accomplish their ends.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Miss Demeanor

      You're surprised to find hypocrisy coming from his cult? The cult that always builds the biggest church in town whose sole mission is to meet membership quotas and shames its members into 'donating' larger offerings by color-coding 'offering' cards based on the amount of your 'love gifts' so that all your neighbors will see how much you give (or, rather, how much you claim to give)? The cult whose members go to church to attract new business? Spend some time in their house of 'worship'... look around... you'll see what they worship.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Rev. Rick,

      the transparent prevarication of Franklin Graham is even more evident in his editorial in the USA Today:

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/09/25/graham-evangelicals-mormons-romney/1592037/

      "So, can an evangelical Christian vote for a Mormon? My answer is yes, for if a biblically faithful evangelical could only vote for a candidate who was perfectly aligned theologically, he or she would be unable to cast a vote for president on November 6 — and that poses another problem for the believer; citizenship in God's kingdom and in this country demands that we participate by voting and praying for those who govern this earthly kingdom."

      November 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  19. Honey Badger Dont Care

    To sum up his message, "Continue being delusional sheep and keep giving me your money."

    Wow, so inspirational.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  20. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    So the damage control begins.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      BEGA advisor: "Franklin, you really ticked off a lot of people by accepting Rmoney's SuperPAC money and endorsing a Mormon as being Christian. You look really politically biased. You know your father never did that.

      Franklin Graham: OK I'll make a speech where I pretend to be neutral and tell everyone to pray for Obama.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "“While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan"

      What a lying hypocrite. So he wasn't praying for Rmoney to win?

      Did he forget about the editorial he wrote in USA Today:

      "I pray that all Americans who love and fear God will put aside labels and vote for principle — God's principles — that for many years resulted in His blessing upon our nation."

      See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/09/25/graham-evangelicals-mormons-romney/1592037/

      "Prayer must never be partisan". Lying sack of ...

      November 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I wonder what Mark DeMoss is up to these days.

      I presume he's still Franklin's PR guy. I wonder if this is his idea?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      A scattering of variegated opulence-ended minds are systolically deemed feeble-minded 'religiosofic' hoistings unendingly careening upon many culpable minds in these trying days' Age.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @lionly (the troll formerly known as dreamer)

      Your thesaurus must be the most battered book ever.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @hg,

      'Lionly' doesn't appear to use a thesaurus. Most of the time he just makes words up. Like "religiosofic".

      November 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @not a GOPer

      Well words like variegated and systolically are not part of common vernacular. I can only assume that he either has a thesaurus open or on a thesaurus site.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @hg,

      if that were true, one would presume that he would be able to correctly use them in context – rather than the word salad he actually spouts.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @not a GOPer

      Well it's his pattern to post pseudo-intellectual nonsense, so I wouldn't exptect him to use them in correct context, or to make any kind of coherent point.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      GOP & HG,

      My smattering of wordage phraseologies are yes subliminal to the masses whose mobs are not inerrantly compromising. My mind's treasure trove of words reeks of aromas whereupon other's rational whisperings are left dusty and paled inside their restricted 'brain-yards'!

      November 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
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