African-American Ministers Lash Out at Franklin Graham For Cherry-Picking the Bible, Bashing Obama
African-American ministers wrote an open letter to Franklin Graham, son of mega-evangelist Billy Graham, for preferring a candidate Mormon to a Christian president. For the second time during this election cycle, Franklin Graham is challenging President Obama’s religion, this time releasing an ad asking voters to support a candidate with “Biblical principles.”
In the full page ads taken out by Graham, he says his father supports candidates who support the nation of Israel, “the sanctity of life” and “the biblical definition of marriage.”
President Obama has been as supportive of Israel as any president in American history. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said in July, “I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”
African-American leaders are incensed that Franklin Graham would fabricate divisions that don’t exist and stoke the flames of conspiracy theorists who still believe President Obama is not a Christian or anti-Israel.
Franklin Graham said in the ad that Obama’s support of gay marriage challenges “God’s standard” and says “it’s OK for people to sin.”
North Carolina NAACP President William Barber says Graham is “being seduced by the sirens of money and power,” and of “cherry-picking the easy parts of Christianity” that serve his partisan politics. Barber continued, saying Graham has ignored the broader messages of the Bible to help the poor, feed the hungry and treat the sick.
“These texts, Brother Graham, are so primary to our faith tradition but so secondary in your critique,” Barber said, in a crowd of a group of ministers. Barber then asked why Christian conservatives ”say so little about what God says so much, and so much about what God says so little? To exclude this focus and try to make a claim of concern for Christian values is hollow at best and heretical at worst.”
Graham’s spokesman says the issue has already been addressed.