According to an article on christianexaminer.com, Billy Graham’s son Franklin is eagerly jumping on the bandwagon of conservatives denouncing Obama for bringing up church history and reminding us that not all Muslims are terrorists.
Franklin Graham said former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani “has taken a lot of heat” for questioning whether President Obama loves America, and declined to weigh in on whether it was “true or not.” But Graham said what he did know is “the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree.”
Got to love that bit about not passing judgment on whether it’s really true or not. Who cares about truth when there’s rabble to rouse, eh Frankie?
Panderin’ Frank’s post on Facebook was immediately popular, with many agreeing that, whether or not Guiliani’s accusations were true, both Graham and Guiliani were right.
Graham’s social media commentary received more than 127,000 likes in less than half a day, with statements affirming Giuliani’s “guts to say what the rest of us have thought” and expressing agreement “with both these men.”
Ignoring Obama’s many denunciations of terrorists and terrorism worldwide, Graham went on to chastize him for failing to identify them as Islamic terrorists.
The day before, he commented on the Muslim terrorist group Al-Shabaab’s call for attacks on malls in Europe and the United States, asking, “When will our president call them what they are—Islamic terrorists?”
Ok, so referring to Crusaders as Christian Crusaders is bad, and referring to terrorists as Islamic terrorists is good. Even though the Crusades were an organized effort by both church and state in Christian Europe, while terrorist organizations are renegade minorities within the larger Islamic context, and even though some of our “allies” in the Middle East are secretly supporting and funding some of these terrorist organizations. Gotta blame the whole religion for the acts of a few extremists, unless it’s the Christian religion.
But of course, even though Muslims are all just a bunch of terrorists, they can still be saved.
Speaking on the Sean Hannity show in January, Graham interrupted the interview to address “all the Muslims who may be watching this, who are confused and are afraid themselves…””… they don’t have to die in a jihad,” Graham continued, looking straight into the camera. “They don’t have to kill somebody else to please God. God loves them and He will accept them through faith in His son, Jesus Christ.”
So in contrast to that liberal, America-hating perspective that acknowledges that not all Muslims are terrorists and that Christians haven’t always been the most peaceful folks on earth, the conservative Christian perspective is that all Muslims are out to kill us, and only Jesus can talk them out of it, by converting them to Christianity.
This is what you call “a Christian worldview.” Don’t weigh in on whether it’s true or not. Don’t get bogged down in any actual historical facts. Just stick to the narrative, make everything black vs white and us vs them. And keep those “likes” and comments rolling in.