Franklin Graham is at it again. Apparently for the so-called religious “leader” Christmastime is as good as any to remind gay people that God thinks they are sinful.
In a Facebook post, Graham celebrated Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller for discriminating against a gay couple in California. Miller claimed she couldn’t make a cake for the lesbian couple because of her religious beliefs. She is being sued by the state of California in a case similar to Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado, currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Miller, who, of course, sees herself as the victim, feels she is being “picked on” because of her beliefs, when in fact she is being held to account for the actions she is choosing to take as a result of her beliefs.
Let’s do a little call and response with Graham, shall we? Christians like that sort of thing, right?
“Why can’t Christians have the freedom to say ‘No’ to what they want to say no to?” Graham asked.
Oh, we’re starting with an easy one. Because we don’t live in a theocracy. We are a nation of laws, and you don’t get to do whatever you want just because an ancient book you’re fond of tells you so.
“The LGBT community continues to target Christians to try to get us to accept their lifestyle. It ain’t gonna happen,” he continued.
You flatter yourself. No one in the LGBT community wants or needs your acceptance. What we do
want demand are our rights. And, oh yeah, it’s gonna happen.
“God calls homosexuality sin—take it up with Him if you don’t like it. He is the one who defines sin, not me.”
Okay, first of all, why are you assuming we believe in your God?
Secondly, I’ve read that book of yours that you claim He wrote, and He pretty much calls everything a sin. The Dude is obsessed, and His Holy moral compass is clearly out of whack.
You can’t eat shellfish or wear blended fabrics, but owning slaves is okay provided you take them from the right regions and don’t beat them to death? This is the source you have the nerve to cite while talking about morality?
“As a Christian of course I don’t hate gays, I love them and want them to know the truth.”
The feeling isn’t mutual. And I think you mean you want them to know your truth. There is no universal truth, and if there were, it seems unlikely that it would come from a guy riding his father’s coattails, with an extra dose of condemnation on the side.
“If they choose to live that lifestyle, they certainly have the freedom to do so in this country—but don’t tell me what I have to believe or participate in,” he continued.
Not a lifestyle; we already know we have the freedom to do so, we don’t need you telling us that and acting like it’s gracious; and you’re the one talking about universal truths. No one is telling you what to believe, and no one wants you participating in their gay wedding.
In fact, the straight people who invite you to weddings probably regret it.
But if you want to own and operate a public business, you don’t get to discriminate against members of that public, no matter what regressive and outdated model of Christianity to which you adhere.
But seriously, please stay away from our weddings. You’re a total drag.
Graham then implored his followers to pray that Miller is victorious in her desire to treat people like second class citizens. Because apparently a God who allowed the country to legalize same-sex marriage might get involved if enough Christians fold their hands in prayer and petition Him for action around the cakes served up at those weddings.
Honestly, imagine having a worldview idiotic enough for that to seem rational.