Monday, October 17, 2005

Franklin Graham and his anti-gay rhetoric

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“I’m not saying that God used this storm as a judgment. [But] New Orleans has been known for years as a party town. It is a city that has strong ties to the gay and lesbian movement, and these types of things. … God is going to use that storm to bring revival.” That is what evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, said about Hurricane Katrina and its effect on New Orleans (Associated Press, Oct. 8). Things like that make me sick. Although I can agree with Graham that God has used and still does use disasters and abnormal circumstances to get His children's attention, I do not think any human (let me stress human, as in mortal and imperfect) has any right whatsoever to place blame on any group for any particular "sin". If God was using Katrina to make a point, He would not need people like Graham to help Him make it. Is God not powerful enough to bring His own messages to His people or does He need humanity's help? If God was using Katrina to bring about a revival then it would naturally (or supernaturally, depending on how you are looking at it) occur on its own. God does not need help from bigots. Graham's father was one of the most beloved men of God in the 20th century and is still loved even today. Throughout his ministries (that I am aware) Rev. Billy Graham stressed love... where did Franklin Graham go wrong? Why must he use hate- and bigotry-laden language? His father doesn't do that and his Father in Heaven doesn't do that. Maybe Franklin Graham needs to take some Christian Education classes concerning the Love and Grace of God. He will never be as adored as his father if he continues to attack other members of Christ's family.