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Billy Graham’s son on Obama’s marriage support: ‘May God help us’

Friday, May 11, 2012

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, on Thursday condemned President Barack Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and said the President has “shaken his fist” at God.

Graham, who is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, supported Tuesday’s passage of Amendment One in North Carolina, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Franklin Graham

In a statement posted on the BGEA’s website, Graham said the institution of marriage “should not be defined by presidents or polls.”

“On Tuesday my state of North Carolina became the 31st state to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. While the move to pass amendments defining marriage is relatively new, the definition of marriage is 8,000 years old and was defined not by man, but by God Himself.

“In changing his position from that of Senator/candidate Obama, President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage. It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more.”

Graham said Obama’s support for same-sex marriage “is a sad day for America.”

“May God help us,” he said.

Graham’s father, the Rev. Billy Graham, took out full-page advertisements in 14 North Carolina newspapers last weekend urging voters to support the marriage ban.

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  1. Consider the source.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:51pm
  2. May God help us by striking Billy Graham and his son and daughter dead before they can incite to any more violence against innocent LGBTers

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:52pm
  3. F_U Graham right to hell.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:52pm
  4. what about tho shall not judge least ye be judge????

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:52pm
  5. He already has…He gave us our President!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:52pm
  6. Satan worshipers masquerading themselves as Christians… tsk tsk

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:53pm
  7. Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:53pm
  8. Well Im going to pray to God that people like him will love their neighbor as themselves! : )

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:53pm
  9. Sorry …..WTF does he know? Ignorant fool have no foundation to their opinion

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  10. May God forgive them because I do not.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  11. A bigot like his ol’ bigot daddy.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  12. Really? He acts like gay marriage will put a rift in the space time continuum… These people are nutters..

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  13. If there was she would have already.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  14. Ignorance is truly bliss for a lot of people.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  15. When people like Graham start railing against greed and the wealthy and standing up for the poor, then you can start believing them!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  16. He will answer to the Good Lord himself on judgement day for hating people that God creatured. God don’t like ugly.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  17. The rest of the world condems the Graham’s for its years of bullying, homophobia and bigotry.. May you burn in your hell you have created for others.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:54pm
  18. Does he not know marriage existed long before the judeo-christian religions took over? & even after marriage was about money and property hence a dowry. Idiot.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:55pm
  19. The Graham family knows nothing about God. They never have.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:55pm
  20. Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:56pm
  21. Stop posting these LGBTQ nation..im gonna go crazy!!!!! LOL

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:56pm
  22. @ Mark…RIght on, bro!!! :

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  23. I think that rather than attacking their stance. we should enshroud them in love and pity for their ignorance, their hatred, their lack of love and understanding. It seems to me that by harsh words and criticism we’re embracing the same ideology that created their stance against us. By love and enlightenment we can conquer all, and bring them to a greater understanding. By hatred and condemnation, we’re only allowing them to bring us down to their level. I hope that we may all come to a greater understanding, compassion, and show them the way by our love and show that we are more Christ-like in our loving the sinner, while hating the sin.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  24. actualy even the Old Testament notions of marriage would not even fit”REVEREND” Grahams notions…..how many wives did FATHER ABRAHAM have and how many CONCUBINES?

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  25. MY God is loving.. his god is hateful…

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  26. why is america basing everything on a christian aspect if this is supposed to be the land of the free… yea in the BIBLE it says gays are a sin, but where the hell does it say that in the CONSTITUTION??

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  27. But Billy Graham does NOT like many of his sons divisive positions. I saw him in an interview and he said that.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  28. Shut the fuck up, Franklin Graham! Leave LGBTQ LOVE alone! I hate Racism and Homophobia!!!!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:57pm
  29. Nothing wrong with Christians stating what they believe anymore then the homosexual community stating what they believe. This will always be at a stalemate.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:58pm
  30. Franklin~~~GO AWAY……..

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:59pm
  31. and what about the neat idea that if a man dies his brother has to marry the widow? what happened to these grand ideas along the way?

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:59pm
  32. I’m fairly certain that Franklin Graham’s has been banned from preaching at various Church’s around the nation? I just can’t seem to remember Why?….:}

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:59pm
  33. The more noise these hate filled people spew in the name of God, the more money they make off the ignorant.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:00pm
  34. Seriously??

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:01pm
  35. Stupid Homophobic A hole… Take that and pray about it Honey

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:01pm
  36. -cough- ahcu sorry i have an allergic allergy to bigotry and hypocrisy along with bible humpers.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:02pm
  37. Sorry to be rude but he can just suck my cock! Fuck him and the old tired horse he rode in on! I will no longer accept being less than he is. WE ARE EQUAL!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:02pm
  38. fuck him. and everyone that agrees with him.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:02pm
  39. You simple can not argue with stupid !!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:02pm
  40. Until they take the same hateful and volatile stance against tattoos and polyester then no they have no right to spew one small erroneously viewed section of the bible.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:03pm
  41. What a condescending twat. Did it occur to you, Mr. Graham, that I am as much a child of your imaginary sky-daddy as you are? May the Great Pumpkin help you!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:03pm
  42. dislike him.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:04pm
  43. Question: what has Christianity to do with the American Constitution?

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:04pm
  44. Shouldn’t be defined by the President or the polls – and in the same article it says that he asks the voters to vote against marriage equality. Idiot.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:05pm
  45. God loves love. Two man, two woman, a men and a women, who cares as long as they love each other? These are just ignorant people who don’t know how to adapt the holy books to society.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:07pm
  46. He looks drunk.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:07pm
  47. There are more important things in this world then attacking people who are wanting to commit to the person they love, like poverty, homelessness, and violence. But for people like him and others who use their religions and beliefs to attack – rather than help – humanity, we being LGBT and wanting to get married will be the downfall of civilization Love the backward thinking. All we can do is kill them with kindness and be the better person.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:10pm
  48. Fuck him! Stop living off the weak you pathetic piece of shit!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:10pm
  49. Better ask God to Examine your Brains. When God handed out perfect brains, you got A Pile of ashes. Hmmm must be like the Scare Crow no Brains.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:11pm
  50. this is not a suprise considering he is the son of a bigot, just proves once again there is NO seperation of church & state. Ignorant, self righteous, religous zealot!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:13pm
  51. He’s just like the ones who thought interracial marriages would lead to problems which they haven’t. Same sex marriage will be accepted too and when people look back they will think the same thing that it should be allowed

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:14pm
  52. The Grahams will do anything to get richer. Franklin is such a lame imitator of his father. Those two dummies don’t believe in Fredom of Religion so why should anyone care what they think. They are unamerican.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:16pm
  53. Why not, how many politicians and people wasted making Billy Graham a Bigot Millionaire?

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:17pm
  54. “us” who is he referring to his followers?

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:18pm
  55. Jeni, you are so right! Shameful that People of Color seem to share this view. How quickly they forget? And, oh be damned if you are Black and LGBT collectively!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:18pm
  56. I’m a North Carolinian. I have zero respect for Billy Graham, and even less for Franklin. I hate religious charlatans, and I won’t back down in my criticisms.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:22pm
  57. God loves ALL of us…Gay, lesbian, straight…whatever. God IS love. That includes everyone.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:24pm
  58. the big problem I see with this religion is how can one believe an omnipotent god would create a world, then hate most of it o.o

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:35pm
  59. I will pray for Franklin’s soul, I pity the man, may God have mercy on that bigot.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:35pm
  60. pff. i wont pray to a fictitious creation, I am happy to hate the fucker and will gladly punch him in the face if I ever meet him…

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:39pm
  61. Like his Father, he is wrong in so many ways and lives in fear of what he does not understand.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:42pm
  62. @ John Mattson, I love every word that just came off your fingertips!!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:46pm
  63. Why must these people have to keep pushing there fairy tale views on us.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:51pm
  64. US???? May God HELP YOU!! You are goin’ about this all wrong, just like your father . And know that HE is watching!! Quit preaching Hatred!!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:55pm
  65. “If you’re going to act like a bitch, Then you are going to die like a bitch.” Madonna

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:57pm
  66. Once again “Separation of Church and State”

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:16pm
  67. I say tax the churches as the super rich entities they are… then you can give a tax break to the poor and middle class…. and still be ahead

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:17pm
  68. May God help you to stop being a selfish bigot

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:25pm
  69. excuse me while I tell you what Jesus said about gays and gay marriage…. Oh,well will you look at that, HE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!!
    People need to stop hating so much and accept something that has been going on for thousands of years. I wish Rome had never died, maybe we’d be passed this stupid bigotry.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:34pm
  70. May God Help Frank Graham to understand unconditional love.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:59pm
  71. Isn’t that great…Billy Graham is passing on his wonderful family values!

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00pm
  72. I think if you’re gay and Christian, you should pray to God and ask him to legalize gay marriage in the US. Bigots, Y U NO LOGICAL??

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:32pm
  73. Two points here 1.) He sure is not his father who was a profound evangelist and let the judgments be God’s job and, 2.) Marriage is not described in the Bible as between one man and one woman for the simple reason that during Christ’s time on the Earth was the same time that most people had MANY WIVES !! Read your Bible Franklin !

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:34pm
  74. I agree with his plea for God to help them. Help them to be true to him and the message Jesus taught which is not the hatred they are teaching to everyone.

    What a shame.

    Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:36pm
  75. God won’t save you now. Don’t be scared homosexuals are people too, you close minded lumpkin.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:04am
  76. What’s GOD got to do with it? Wanting to share your life with the person you love is and should be a Civil Right, a human right. It is not a right ordained by some GOD! All I can say to Billy Graham’s son is, MAY GOD HELP YOU!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:07am
  77. …yeah and they said the same thing when women were allowed to wear pants…and leave the house…and vote…and get jobs…and then came the civil rights movement…blacks could ride in the front of the bus…and go to white schools…and eat at white cafes…blacks and whites could even get married…they think they have some f#cking exclusivity to the damn constitution…its the United STATES of America…not the United CHURCH of America…lol…like there would ever be a united church…theres like a hundred different variations and they all read the same book…HAH!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:30am
  78. LOL…he is a fool!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:51am
  79. Haters gonna hate

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:09am
  80. LGBT Families Matter = Graham Families Matter, not, the bigotry he is espousing. Marriage equality for all families not just his.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:18am
  81. FU Billy Graham Cracker Jr.!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:29am
  82. fucktard:)

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:39am
  83. go ahead, picket the white house

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 4:52am
  84. I trump him with Oral Roberts grandson, Randy Roberts Potts who endorses Obama!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 4:59am
  85. This guy is a jerk and he sure does not believe in the same god I do!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:16am
  86. Shut up you bigoted little worm.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:17am
  87. Oh God help us all – now we’re gonna to have to put up with Franklin.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:19am
  88. yes may God help us with these hateful bigots!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:25am
  89. The Graham family can go bang there bibles. Religion & politics are not the same group, even though they make it seem like that.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:38am
  90. Dear Franklin, don’t you see? He IS.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:26am
  91. Religion and politics should be kept separate.I am also fairly sure that using the bible and gods teachings and the christian people for money is a sin too… lol. It is for no one but GOD to decide who will go to heaven and who will not. The Graham’s are no better than any of the rest of us, and should remember Matthew 7:1. Now some will argue that we need to pass judgement in certain cases…of course like murder and all that, sure, people need to be punished. But I am talking about the personal life choices (or as I believe not so personal choices- as being gay i think a lot of people are just born this way and it cannot be helped). You are supposed to be a good person and try and make good choices. If you do this, and try to live a good life, I do not see why God would not love you and accept you for you. It seems silly to me for god to be that critical against others.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:28am
  92. Dont post hatefull msgs remember there are christians like me who havent had a chance yet to see good loving lgbt people. i once was as saul was toward gays now im fighting for marriage equality. and for those whove only seen hate out of christians im here to tell you regardless of what my hatefull brethren say jesus died for you too and there are many charismatic evangelical born again christians who are either gay or progay. wont you please say a prayer and ask jesus into your heart

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:32am
  93. thank you Rob. I didnt used to be christian. I was raised christian and deviated to Wicca. I have studied many other religions in my short 24+ years. Unfortunately, some take their Christianity and use it as an excuse to act “holier than thou”, when we should all be working together and loving each other as brothers and sisters, regardless of religion, race, sexual orientations and any differences we may have. We are all broke from the same mold and instead of hating each other, we should focus on how to try and make things equal and better for everyone. Not all of us are bad eggs or bible thumping morons.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:38am
  94. My best friend is wiccan and if christians as a whole believed that whatever you do will come back on you three fold the world would be a better place. love your neighbor as you love yourself is too easily ignored

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 6:53am
  95. um this is America and we have separation of church and state, and on the note about marriage being a christrian thing only that is not true, marriage was around before christianity. these people need to stop being full of hate and stop trying to make choices for others basted on their warped religious thinking. I am sure God is pure love not so full of hate and ignorance as this man. before america treated slaves and other minorities bad so does this guy believes that we should still have slaves in this country too. that guy disgust me like father like son in this case ignorant. if these people dont like living in a country where people have rights move to another country where people have no rights and shut the hell up.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:08am
  96. He is helping, but you’re not understanding!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:11am
  97. I condemn franklin graham.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:24am
  98. The thrust of Jesus tales show him dealing with downtrodden and judged and mistreated groups in a compassionate and fair style. Maybe this IS God’s test. If so, congrats to Christians who are passing!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:07am
  99. I think God is happy the President gets it, by realizing this isn’t about using a religion to attack and discriminate against people. This is about giving the same rights to everyone, specially in this Country where we claim to have freedom and the same liberties for all (unless you are gay of course). Separation of church and state also means nothing to these religious Nuts. It’s about equal rights for ALL, simple as that, PERIOD!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:14am
  100. Consider the source.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 9:03am
  101. I’m glad he is asking God to help him, because he needs it.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 9:52am
  102. This hypocrite pulls in close to a million dollars a year from Samaritan’s Purse charity. That million bucks would provide a lot of shoe boxes filled with toothpaste, etc.to poor kids. I think God’s more concerned about that personally.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10:46am
  103. Jackass

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:31pm
  104. God IS helping us….helping us evolve past petty discrimination and ignorance! Why do they call all sorts of other things miracles, but decry these things as some sort of Xtian apocalypse??

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:13pm
  105. Why dont he stay in his private compound in North Carolina

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:28pm
  106. Yes, may God help your choice of selfish love.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:49pm