My Take: Franklin Graham is embarrassing his father
Franklin Graham talks to his father Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library dedication service in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2007.
May 17th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

My Take: Franklin Graham is embarrassing his father

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

If you want to see how American evangelicalism has lost its way, you need look no farther than Billy Graham and his son Franklin. Billy Graham was a powerful preacher of the gospel. Franklin Graham is a political hack.

Billy Graham, now 92, was released from a hospitalization for pneumonia earlier this week, but I will always remember him as a vibrant young revivalist who mesmerized me, and hundreds of millions of others, through his televised crusades.

He was somehow square and hip at the same time–he more than held his own in a conversation with Woody Allen in 1969 television special—and he challenged us to devote our lives not to money or power but to God.

Billy Graham was by no means uninterested in politics. Dubbed the pastor to presidents, he prayed with Democratic and Republican chief executives alike—every one of them since Harry Truman. His rabid anti-communism mellowed with age, and he never forgot that preaching was his real calling.

Franklin Graham is a very different man.

In recent years, he has garnered more attention for bashing Islam (as “a very evil and wicked religion") than for preaching Christianity. And in recent months he has taken the art of embarrassing himself (and his family) to new lows.

In April, when asked by ABC’s Christiane Amanpour about a possible presidential run by Donald Trump, he said, "The more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, you know, maybe the guy's right.”

When asked in this same interview about President Obama’s Christianity, he called the president's profession of faith into question, saying that for Obama “going to church means he’s a Christian” while for him “the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ.”

Graham then punched his carnival barker card by parroting the same sort of "birther" nonsense Trump was pedaling at the time, saying that Obama had “some issues to deal with” in terms of proving he was born in Hawaii.

"I was born in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and I know that my records are there. You can probably even go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don't know why he can't produce that," Graham said.

All this is to say that the more I listen to him, the more I feel sorry for his dad.

I am not an evangelical but I respect Billy Graham. I think he is a good man. I know he gave voice to anti-Semitic prejudice in the White House with President Richard Nixon. But I want him to be remembered well.

His son is making that difficult.

A few days after the White House objected to the comments he made to Amanpour, Franklin Graham appeared on Fox News. “I'm an evangelist,” he said. “I want to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believe in him shouldn't perish, but have everlasting life.”

What I am suggesting is that he listen to his own words. And to those of his father, who when asked to join Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority said no.

He said no because, in his words, “Evangelists cannot be closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand I the middle in order to preach to all people, right and left.”

Just a few days ago, the Dallas-based megachurch pastor T. D. Jakes told CNN's Richard Martin much the same thing. When asked about Franklin Graham’s refusal to take Obama’s profession of Christian faith at face value, Jakes said he was “disappointed” by Graham’s "insulting" comments.

"I wish he had the diplomacy of his father, who brought the gospel to people without being nuanced by politics, because when you do those things you offend people that you are actually called to save and to serve,” Jakes added.

I don’t always agree with Jakes, but I'm with him on this one.

Franklin Graham has a choice to make. He can continue to embarrass himself and his father by continuing to try to embarrass the Democrats. Or he can be about his father’s business.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Church and state • Islam • Opinion • Politics • United States

soundoff (835 Responses)
  1. Bill Graham of Jacksonville, FL

    In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, East nor West, slave nor free, male nor female, but all are one in Christ Jesus. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a story of redemption and freedom in Christ to live free from the penalty and constraints of sin. Bill Graham preached that message loud and clear. Franklin has preached racism and religious intolerance. He also put himself in the place of God by refusing to accept Barack Obama's profession of faith. That is not what John 3:16 is about.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Silver Chair


      May 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • gozer

      Nope, Bill, I'm not sorry to tell you that I'm not one with your Christ supersti-tion, nor part of your Christian flock, nor am I in your Christ holey ghostie myth. Proud not to be, in fact.

      Oops, shattered another of your delusions there.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  2. phoenix

    billy is from the greatest generation and franklin from the luckiest generation[baby boomer]. i m 57 and a fundamentalist,and glad to see someone profess the gospel and telling it like it is style to the heathen.wassail to both of you.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  3. Doug

    Obviously, Prothero has a burr up his butt. I have been to Biloxi Miss. ten times with another organization rebuilding homes and the only group that started before us and outlasted us was Franklin's group. I have been to Haiti 3 times and see Samaritan's Purse structures all over. Prothero is just a minor league columnist that didn't do his homework to notice there are two ways to honor God, with words like Billy is so gifted at and by good works which Franklin is so gifted at.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  4. sisi

    Billy Graham is a good man. I am not a religious person but grew up listening to his words, they always felt honest and comforting. His son is a charlatan, though I don't blame him for questioning Obama's recently acquired christianity.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  5. Laura

    How is this newsworthy? Who are you and why do we care if you think that Franklin Graham's father is embarrassed by him? Wouldn't the news story be that Billy Graham publicly admitted he was embarrassed of his son instead of your opinion? This is the problem with so call news channels anymore, they hype opinion as if it was the truth at the same time they bash people who have opinions different than their own.

    There is nothing wrong with Franklin pointing out that there he thought there was something fishy about the birth certificate or that he doesn't believe a person really represents what he thinks a Christian is. These are just opinions... just like yours... neither are news worthy because neither are necessarily the truth.

    Let take our news back to reporting actual facts and not opinion or rumors. This would go a long way in bring back some integrity in journalism and our culture.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Silver Chair

      I agree. Franklin has been slowly sliding into right-wing partisan polital action for years. This is nothing new.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      It's a blog. Blogs are opinion pieces. Franklin Graham just doesn't qualify as a religious leader anymore. He is a secular right-wing pundit.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  6. John

    I don't understand why this author is so upset. Franklin Graham is an evangelist with an opinion. Is he mad because Franklin is not politically correct? Has the author of this article read Paul's New Testament letters? By the author's standards, Saint Paul is probably an embarrassment as well. (Really, I bet Mr. Prothero secretly thinks the Saint Paul is outdated anyway.)

    May 17, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Laura

      he is likely mad because Franklin doesn't agree with his lifestyle.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  7. Nathan

    Mr. Stephen Prothero, you are dead wrong to do this.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Bible Clown

      What, have an opinion? Welcome to America, buddy. We have a LOT of opinions here.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  8. Reality

    Tis all about the money:

    some examples:

    Glen Beck, $32 million in 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/08/glenn-beck-earned-32-mill_n_529903.html

    and from guidestar.org

    Rev. Franklin Graham $800,000+/yr.

    Rev. Billy Graham, $400,000/yr

    Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield $331,708/yr

    Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, $200,000/yr

    Erica Brown $134,221/yr

    Eboo Patel $120,000/yr.( not to include his $2 million "non-profit" investment portfolio)

    Dr. Herb Silverman $100,000/yr. ?

    Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy, $400,000/yr/ea estimated

    May 17, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Laura

      Perhaps someone should list for you the yearly salaries of the non-religious elite. Bill Gates, the Google Guys, Mark Zuckerberg, any CEO of a fortune 500 company, politians, lobbyist, actors, actresses, authors and the list goes on an on. Just because you list the salaries of the elite conservatives does not mean there are hundreds more making median incomes or lower. The money argument doesn't fly.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Stevie7

      I think the post was to highlight those that just talk the talk, and don't necessarily just walk the walk.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Harry(NJ)

      You are falling into the same trap that Franklin is and that is trying to judge the heart of each person subjectively. We simply do not know where their hear is. So just because they have a nice lifestyle does not mean they are or are not serving God. Just as Franklin is doubting that the president is or is not a Christain. We simply do not know. Instead of worrying about what other people are doing why don't we look into ourselves and analyize how we are living our own lives.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Thinking Southerner

      Sorry Laura,
      The money argument flies all too well. Also, Bill Gates, et al don't scare little old widows out of their social security saying "you will go to HELL if you don't obey Jesus. And right now he wants you to send me money!" Like televangelists do. Don't believe me? Tune in to the "700 Club" sometime.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Laura

      Thinking Southerner:

      Now that made me laugh. You seriously don't think that the business elite of this country aren't robbing the same little old lady?

      What about the drug companies? They make record profit and their CEO's make more than some small countries GDP and they want to make that lady pay hundreds for the prescriptions that keep her alive.

      Or what about the gas companies that are continually making record breaking profits? They too are robbing that lady blind as she drives to the store or to church.

      The elite of this country are all too guilty of the same things if not worse. Yes there are phony televangelist. Yes there are sinners everywhere. But the argument that it is all about money flies both ways thus making it an ineffective argument.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • gozer

      Hey, Laura, part of the difference is that those successful business folks aren't pretending to not be profiting. Not a valid comparison you made.

      Although, Christianity has even more bugs in its code than Windows does, so maybe it's fair to compare Christianity and Microsoft. But at least Microsoft fixes some of their bugs.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • William Demuth


      Companies do NOT claim to be divine.

      Your own lord should have made it clear that the pursuit of wealth in his name would garner a man nothing more than HELL.

      And hopefully an audit by the IRS

      May 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  9. Jesus

    Both of them are idiots. I see no difference.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  10. horuseye

    Prothero's complaint stems from his disagreeing with Franklin Graham's political positions. While I don't agree with them either, Graham's welcome to them. Of course, Prothero wouldn't be objecting or criticizing if Franklin were as liberal, multiculturalist, and left of center as he is. Evidently, if Franklin spent more time pandering and applauding islam rather than "bashing" it, Prothero would be all right with that. The only thing wrong with Graham's statement is that islam is not a religion but a political totalitarian ideology. Ah but that's a politically incorrect truth Prothero prefers to ignore like a good dhimmi.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Thinking Southerner

      And you don't think that Americanized Christianity is a political totalitarian ideology? Take the paper bag off your head!
      [or simply stop watching Faux News 18 hours a day].

      May 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "if Franklin spent more time pandering and applauding islam rather than "bashing" it, Prothero would be all right with that." Wow, that's what you call "bearing false witness," isn't it? You made something up, and agreed with it yourself, then spewed it out as a fact. Can I say that if Franklin spent more time exposing himself to children, you would be all right with that? Aw, why not? I'm not even sure it's a lie, and if it is, YOU just told one yourself.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  11. RaKa

    Jesus put it so plainly. "They will hate you because they hated me". If you are a Christian and you are not despised by those who hate God, then something is wrong.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • The Spiritual Leader of the Pagans

      you have totally missed the point ~ Jesus did not preach any hate ~ what you quote are self serving words of man.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Stevie7

      I can't hate something I don't think exists.

      And I have lots of Christian friends. They're great people. I also have many atheist friends. They're great people too.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Laura

      Spiritual Leader: Try John 15:18, Matthew 10:22, Matthew 24:9 These are not self serving words of man.

      All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

      This is not preaching hatred... only warning the believers that people like you will hate them.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • gozer

      Nah, Laura, we don't hate Christ or Christians. We just think your stupid and gullible, and we have good reason to think so.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • gozer

      Nah, Laura, we don't hate Christ or Christians. We just think you're stupid and gullible, and we have good reason to think so.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • The Spiritual Leader of the Pagans

      Poor sad deluded Laura. I will pray for your apostate soul.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • William Demuth

      If you are Christian, than a lot more than just "something" is wrong.

      In fact, your ENTIRE belief system is based on a lie.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Silver Chair

      @ Gozer,

      Yeah, Gozer, you do hate Christ and Christians as well. Most intollerant, feeble-minded, hate-filled atheists do and you are no exception. You prove it with every post you make.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "intollerant, feeble-minded, hate-filled" It's so christian of you to name-call like that. I bet the boss is writing your name down up there in heaven.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • gozer

      Silver Chair,
      I do hate what you stand for, and your obvious hypocrisy. So go f-uck yourself, azzhole.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You cannot walk in the footsteps of your father unless you are a true believer but you can inherit his fame and wealth. I think Franklin Graham fits the latter and if he continues on the same path he won't destroy his father's legacy, but he will certainly fall short of his own. Time will tell.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  13. Wise Old Man

    I find it interesting that Billy Graham said dedicate your life to Christ, not money. Yet he made fortunes preachinng Christanity. I saw him once in his Rolls Royce. If he was honest about dedicating his life, he would have lived a simple life as Christ did and given his money to the poor. Gandhi was a far better Christian then most of these rich evangelists. He practiced what he preached.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Walter D'Souza

      very well said. you also pointed out the HYPOCRISY so blatantly practiced by these "christian" ministers. These "christian" ministers give the teachings of Jesus Christ a very unique and totally American perspective which is, 'do what I say not what I do'

      May 17, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Thinking Southerner

      Amen Wise Old Man!

      May 17, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Laura

      You paint a wide brush. Do you know how much Billy Graham gives to the poor or how much charity he does? Or do you just assume he doesn't? Why do you believe that Christians must be poor to be true Christians? If that were so, then you would be proving Franklin's point... Obama cannot be a Christian.

      The truth is somewhere in between. Yes, there are bad people pretending to be Christian preachers raking in lots of dough. Just as there are sinners in every walk of life doing bad things. However, God provides his followers many blessings and sometimes that is money. Simply having money does not preclude you from being Godly... it is the LOVE of money that does.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Harry(NJ)

      Amen, Laura.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Stevie7

      @Laura: "Do you know how much Billy Graham gives to the poor or how much charity he does?"

      Such information from non-profits are publicly available. What is clear is that he receives a SUBSTANTIAL salary from his non-profit. It's sickening and appalling. The man does not walk the walk.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Paul (1st)

      Billy when out of his way to live a modest life. I'm sure you "saw him once in a rolls royce"

      May 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  14. The Spiritual Leader of the Pagans

    It is a very good thing that BG is so old and senile otherwise he would be humilated at the behavior of his apostate son in speech and so very obviously thought. He is trying to move out of the shadow of his father but is moving into the arms of satan.
    Charity watch now reccomends that people not give to the Samaritan's Purse as they are spending too much money on huge salaries and expense accounts for luxury goods and travel.
    I predict that within 10 years of BG's death, FG will have undone and destroyed all his father has done.
    He may best watch the stones he throws as his house is made of glass paid for by others.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • MarSch7

      NOT TRUE!

      "Twenty-two Christian organizations were ranked in the 2007 Top 100 list by The NonProfit Times. Notably, three groups – Catholic Charities, USA, The Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity International – were among the top 10 best charities.
      Well-known ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Samaritan’s Purse and Compassion International were included in the top 50 nonprofits"
      From: The Christian Post: http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-charities-rank-high-in-top-100-us-nonprofits-30411/

      May 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  15. Pat

    I think Billy Graham will be remembered as a man of God...His son has lost his way or is trying to outdo his father...There will never be another Billy Graham and his son needs to take the bible and read it and follow it...

    May 17, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Paul

      Oh shut up!

      May 17, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • gozer

      Pat, would that following of the bible that you want his son to do include the nasty bits too, like animal sacrifice with burning, or just some select things that you've picked and chosen?

      May 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Paul (1st)

      Some other Paul said to shut up, that was not posted by me.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  16. SMB

    The death of Billy Graham is close. Billy Graham is about to leave this planet for his higher calling and he's looking forward to it. Billy Graham must have been sad to know the way his kids turned out in his life. Billy prolly expected his sons to follow him in the ministry. Unfortunately, Franklin is undoing all the work that his father has done. It is no wonder why that Billy wants to go home. I say the next time he has a medical crisis, let him turn mortal and die peacefully. It's time for Billy to depart so that he doesn't have to watch the destruction of his family name and ministry.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • William Demuth

      I hope they put his departure on pay per view!

      May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • MarSch7

      Franklin has not "lost his way." He's stating facts of what he believes. Have you ever noticed that the newspeople ASK the questions and PUSH for the answers they know will stir people up. Billy was good at getting around them, but Franklin believes the very same thing Billy does – Jesus is the Way, and the ONLY way.. Franklin may not have quite as much tact/charisma as Billy (that's the truth), but Franklin is doing God's work – in a major way – and has a heart for Jesus. He's a good man.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Paul

      I am amazed at how well you know Billy's thoughts...

      May 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  17. Jen

    President Obama once said in an interview that there was more than one way to get into heaven. This goes against the very heart of CHristian beliefs in the on true God and that the only way to get into heaven is through Jesus Christ. So uh yeah...I have to seriously doubt him when he says he is a CHristian. I am not a big fan of Franklon Graham but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck you call it a DUCK!

    May 17, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • The Spiritual Leader of the Pagans

      You are a very bitter, bigoted lost soul and I will remember you in my prayers.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Moneelove

      It says in the Bible " Judge not, lest ye be judge." It also says that the Saints shall judge the world. By your post, I am not judging just noting, that you don't seem to fit the saint mold. So then you shouldn't set in judge on others, including the president. I think Mr. Graham is moving in the wrong directions and should follow the leading of his father. By his own words, he has not been right and anyone who follows Trump should have himself look at. Just saying!

      May 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Harry(NJ)

      Once again it does not matter what Barack Obama believes, it only matters what you believe. When judgement comes Jesus is not going to ask you if you believe that Barack Obama was a Muslim or Christian. He will concerned about whether or not you believe in Him.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Sharon

      Harry(NJ), please google "Pascal's Wager" and do some reading. Your last bit is an example of that fallacy.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • William Demuth

      So Jen

      Mahatma Ghandi goes to hell, but Manson can go to heaven if he repents.

      That is the central core of Christian egocentricisim, and embarrases anyone with more than a drop pf common sense.

      Worship Jesus or damnation? Nothing about a moral life, or love or compassion?

      It seems the Christian God is as shallow and self centered as most Christians.

      No wonder they crucified him!

      May 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Jen

      WIlliam – Regardless of what you think the church is more than a bunch of people passing judgement on others. Liberals do it all the time but because the "judgement" is not coming from a religious group it is justified? If that's all you think we do I can further discuss the ministries of our church to stock a food pantry for the needy, provide money to healthcare ministries that provide services to poor neighborhoods, provide healthcare to cities in Mexico, and workers who PAY A FEE to assist the elderly to rebuild/repair their homes. You don't hear anybody talking about that.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • William Demuth


      If the church paid its taxes, we wouldn't have any hungry left.

      And as for feeding people, the food is used as a stick to convert

      Jesus or starvation? is that the way of the cross?

      May 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Jen

      William – Hate to tell you but no one is required to sit through a church service or a presentation of the gospel to get help from my church. We freely give of what we have. It sounds like you have had many bad experiences with the church. I am sorry that there are stupid people out there and unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it.

      Argument on taxes would be a valid one if liberals didn't believe in the separation of church and state. However, as long as they continue to believe it then, no...churches should not pay taxes. You also have a minor flaw in your logic. Even if churches did pay taxes the government would still find a way to waste that revenue. Then where would the poor be? I'll tell you...At the local mission/church where they know they can always find help!

      May 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • rv jp3

      Hey Jen; I’ve been in the Christian ministry for 30 yrs. I luv you as a sister, and it’s getting more obvious, from generation to generation, that adult Christians still need to grow up! If Jesus said, “No man cometh to the father but by me”, you need to know the “ME”, Jesus is talking about. Your and F. Graham’s comment about Obama, is one reason why thinking atheists never ‘Get Saved’ (so to speak). Frank G. just needs to grow up a bit. (I know I had to). We cannot base an entire condition of salvation on just one or two scriptures. Remember what Jesus said when his disciples wanted Jesus to rebuke those who were baptizing in a different fashion? He said if they’re not against us, then they’re for us. Jesus of history was more (our definition of) liberal, than most American Christians have ever been… yet he is very conservative about things of the heart, grace, and the Golden Rule. Jesus said we’d do greater miracles and works than he did. I can believe it, because it takes one of those GREATER miracles for the Moral Majority to get millions of jobless, uninsured conservatives to vote against their own interests by keeping the conservative venue in power. I now know who those ministers of righteousness are, that Paul was talking about. There IS just ONE WAY to God, “Love thy Neighbor as Thyself”, all the other -isms, & -schisms, or –ologys…. Fall under that ONE Way! In the meantime I’m trying to perform a miracle on myself… How to LOVE getting fired for company profit and losing my family health insurance just before my child goes into surgery.

      May 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Kenny

      Years ago, if it walked like a duck and quacked like a duck, it was usually a duck and we had it or chicken for dinner. Today if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, be careful. It could be a robot.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Paul

      Good job, Jen. I am with you. Look s like you stirred the liberal hornets nest with pseudo christians buzzing around.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Paul

      @rv jp3
      You have a hotter hell then most for deceiving the lost...
      Not only did Jesus say He was the only way. He also said He is the only person who has decended from Heaven and the only means of salvation when he answered Nicodemus question on salvation. Becareful.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Paul

      Jhn 3:13 "No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • William Demuth


      I say again, if you steal a mans loaf of bread, and give him back a slice, I do NOT consider you some type of samaritin.

      I am at least as well versed in your theology as 99 percent of so called evangelicals, and I can assure you at the core of the Born Again movement is a hatred and rage for any who do not accept your idea of divinity.

      In a nut shell, you have things you believe are yours that have been stolen, and I for one insist that they be returned.

      Lock up your rapists, pay your taxes, and stop defrauding little old ladies.

      May 18, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • William Demuth

      Again Jen, you make the same Christian mistakes.

      Implying I am a liberal?

      Liberals are walked on. I do the walking.

      I am so far to the right of you that you would have to goose step for the rest of your life to get even close!

      Hatred of religious liars is NOT the sole realm of the left. Many of us on the true right have seen what your ilk have done to our world for centuries, and have had our fill.

      You WILL be taxed, and you WILL be held accountable. No more imaginary space ghost used as justification for the molestation of little boys. No more of the defrauding of the state and its citizens.

      May 18, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  18. billly

    Always remember. His teachings are based on the KJV bible and for that cause, what he said is perfectly ok.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Paul (1st)

      and Billy's preaching was also from the KJV...which gets the gospel message right.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  19. Historia

    Mr. Prothero, thank you for your incisive and honest report. I agree with you 100%. Franklin Graham appears to be an anti-Obama contributor to Fox News rather than a so called "Holy Man." Franklin Graham's intolerance toward Islam is revulsive and pathetic. Is this the way Franklin Graham really practices "Love thy neighbor as thyself?" Franklin Graham will never be as good as his father. He should stop pretending to be a Christain Evangelical. Instead, he should come out of the closet and accept that he is really an ultra Right Wing politician and he should run for County Dog Cathcher as a Tea Party Candidate.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Mark

      Learning how to write and spell always makes a analysis more intelligent

      May 17, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • The Spiritual Leader of the Pagans

      in the English language it is an analysis not a analysis
      correct your own ill composed mind before moving on to others.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Laura

      So basically you are saying anyone who disagrees with Obama is what... a racist? a tea-partier, a conservative. I find it very funny that the so called tolerant party is always the ones name calling. Best part is that makes you intolerant bigots yourself.

      I find myself at odds with alot this president says and does but I am not a racist, I am not a conservative, I am not a tea-partier, I am not a republican. Does that blow your whole theory of who could oppose Obama?

      May 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Kenny

      Have you considered buying Roseta Stone-ENGLISH?

      May 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Paul

      agree 100%? then, of course the author was incisive and honest...sure.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Another Larry

      @Laura: "I find it very funny that the so called tolerant party is always the ones name calling."

      I find it interesting that you people are so brazenly dishonest. There is no shortage of names and insults coming from your side.

      "I find myself at odds with alot this president says and does"

      I've found that 99% of the opposition I find to what he says and does is based on ignorance, misinformation, and deeply flawed arguments. Not that there aren't opportunities for legitimate criticisms, but the overwhelming majority of the arguments I've heard offered by his critics simply don't hold water when examined objectively and honestly.

      "Here's what Fox has done, through their cyclonic perpetual emotional machine that is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: They have taken reasonable concerns about this president and this economy and turned it into a full-fledged panic attack about the next coming of Chairman Mao." — Jon Stewart

      "but I am not a racist"

      Race affects virtually everyone's perceptions of other people. This has been demonstrated time and time again by studies on the matter. To hear you folks tell it you're all special, not a racist in the bunch and colorblind to a man.

      "I am not a conservative, I am not a tea-partier, I am not a republican. Does that blow your whole theory of who could oppose Obama?"

      He expressed no general theory. He simply made a comment about one person.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  20. Corey

    Franklin is a first class individual who is well spoken and does a wonderful job in his ministry. Mr. Prothero never liked Billy Graham-he just says he does to add a little credibility to a very weak article. Thanks to both Grahams for all the terrific work they have done.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Shawn

      Uh yea, It always offends people to be a Christian and tell people the truth. God has his work for Billy Graham and He has His work for Franklin. No persons call from God is like another persons.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Tony

      You must be as good a person as he is, good [people like you who need enemies.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Victoria

      It's too bad you're that blinded to Franklin's arrogance. Your thoughts are wishful thinking.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Paul

      Franklin is a great man of God...where in this article mentions Smaritan's Purse? did the author do any homework and ask Hatians how good a person Franklin is?

      May 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
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