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Franklin Graham Calls Obama’s Religious Beliefs Into Question

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Franklin Graham Calls Obama’s Religious Beliefs Into Question

Evangelist Franklin Graham called President Barack Obama’s religious views into question on Tuesday, stating that he does not know for sure if Obama is a Christian.

Graham, who is the son of Billy Graham and the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Obama “has said he’s a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is.”

“All I know is I’m a sinner, and God has forgiven me of my sins… you have to ask every person,” he said about whether he could say for sure that Obama is indeed of the Christian faith.

However, when asked about GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s religion, Graham gave a much more concrete answer.

“I think so,” Graham said when asked if he believes Santorum is a Christian. “His values are so clear on moral issues. No question about it… I think he’s a man of faith.”

MSNBC’s panelists questioned the reverend’s double standard, but Graham continued to draw distinctions between the candidates on the issue of faith. On Mitt Romney, Graham was again evasive, stating that “most Christians would not recognize Mormonism as part of the Christian faith.”

But Graham was more willing to label Newt Gingrich’s faith. “Newt’s been married several times… but he could make a good candidate,” Graham said. “I think Newt is a Christian. At least he told me he is.”

Later in the segment, Graham also said he could not be sure that Obama was not a Muslim.

“All I know is under Obama, President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries,” he said.

He continued, “Islam sees him as a son of Islam… I can’t say categorically that [Obama is not Muslim] because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama.”

Graham drew the criticism of the White House last spring when he suggested in an interview with ABC that Obama had not been born in the United States.

During that same interview, Graham also questioned whether Obama’s actions and values matched up with his identification as a Christian.

“Now he has told me that he is a Christian. But the debate comes, what is a Christian?” Graham said of Obama. “For him, going to church means he’s a Christian. For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith and we have trusted him as our lord and savior.”

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103 Comments »

  1. Again.. why does it matter what his religion is?

  2. Franklin Graham is crackers.

  3. you know i dont realy know why obama shouldnt be muslim it is a free country and there are alot of very nice muslimsin the world

  4. That’s not the point.The point is that Reverend Piece-a-shit thinks he can bring in more money for his Fantasy World by spouting this hate. AND…he is right!

  5. “Franklin Graham: “I Don’t Know” if Obama is Christian”

    Well, given that asinine, petulant ‘comment’, I sure know if Graham has a BRAIN…

  6. This just in. I can’t be sure that Franlin Graham is not Beezelbub. That is all.

  7. he might not be sure of his mental stability too…

  8. he’s shamelessly irresponsible. he’s bearing false witness against his neighbor

  9. I wonder about his position of faith also !!!!

  10. the religious war is being waged against Obama.

  11. Even if Obama was Muslim, why should anyone give a god damn? His religion is the least of my concerns. I’m more worried about his militarism and neoliberalism.

  12. It’s okay, I’m not entirely sure Graham is a vertebrate.

  13. muslim or not, he has no idea how to run a country

  14. .. Franklin Graham is Klan !! ;)

  15. Graham is just showing how “Christian” he is… by showing he really isn’t. There are NO true Christians. The last true one died on a cross a couple thousand years ago. These people and their hypocritical ways. *shakes head in disbelief*

  16. Poor Franklin. So trying to be his daddy – and failing miserably.

  17. OK………we got rid of Pat Buchanan, lets go to work on this piece of crap coming to MSNBC………..!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Do not judge so that you will not be judged ,also. You will be just as harshly as you judge others. <<< St. Matthew

  19. And what f**king business is it of his? He’s such a jerk.

  20. I love how you guys are claiming to be against hate, but yet are hating on Franklin Graham. Way to be hypocrites. Grow up. Graham just said he didn’t know for sure what the president’s religion was. And you never can be sure of most people. Stop making such a big deal. That goes for both sides of this petty squabble over president Obama’s religion.

  21. Christ, what a twat.

  22. he is using old code words. Yea we get you.

  23. Oh I don’t hate Franklin Graham. He makes me laugh. I find it highly interesting that theologically inept folks seem to rise to such wealth among the Christian Conservatives. PT Barnum would be so proud of Franklin & his crew

  24. Well who are we to question Frankie?

  25. He’s giving his sick father who was actually a Democrat a bad name. It’s truly sad, to show how faith in America got so twisted in it’s allegience to exclusively conservatives. This is probably a microchasm of the old south and the new right wing anti-choice, anti progress, anti union, anti minimum wage new south.

  26. Idiot.

  27. Article 6 of the constitution… he may want to review it.

  28. He can’t be Muslim. I am Muslim and I met Obama and he didn’t know the secret handshake

  29. Obama went to a Catholic church. He still does. It doesn’t matter what his religion is. Why does this guy car? Is this guy going to measure Obamas weeny as well???

  30. He needs to get bk on his motor cycle!

  31. Graham is a good guy. Obama is not. Muslim standards are too high for Obama to be one.

  32. This old drunk is as insane as the Sanctimonious One…why doesn’t his father shut him up? This guy can’t even stand in the shadow of his father…he’s brought nothing but shame to the Graham legacy…

  33. In other news believing Obama is Muslim works as a perfect diagnosis for stupidity

  34. They questioned Jesus too!!

  35. How can he claim that Gingrich is a good Christian given his background but Obama isn’t? Who has one marriage and one family?

  36. OBAMA SLEEPS IN CHURCH :) if he were faking it, wouldn’t he try harder to look devout? He is a normal human who happens to be Christian. Many people, especially older men doze in my parents church. They are good people, but the sermon is long. If he were Muslim, he would be helping the countries with large Muslim populations. He has not done squat. The worst things about him are that he is a smoker and he takes a LONG time to make up his mind. There are way worse people than him who are claiming to be such good religious people. LEAVE HIM ALONE unless it is about his lack of effort on doing stuff or on his policies etc.

  37. Didn’t know one had to be Christian to be president of America…is it in the Constitution…o contrar…that document says the opposite…religion is not a consideration for any office of our government!

  38. “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but ~~~no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust~~~ under the United States.”

  39. Shame, that the son of such a Spiritual man has to sucumb to the politics of hate! SHAME!!!!

  40. Anyone who would question someone else’s faith knows nothing about what Christianity in the first place. Total hypocrisy!

  41. He is neither. He is in a masonic cult…

  42. why does FB not have a “don’t like”button?

  43. @Hunter…no one is HATING on Franklin Graham who by the way has displayed more hate and vitriolic attitudes to Al-Islam and Muslims at every opportunity. I truly wish I could confront him and challenge his ignorance and bigotry point for point. He assumes that simply because, according to Christian dispensation, Jesus died for his sins, everyone who doesn’t believe that way will go to the hellfire. I would LOVE to see his face on the Day of Judgment when he has to give an account to God…won’t HE be SURPRISED.

  44. Franklin is ignorant and a bigot.

  45. And IF President Obama was a Muslim, I’d still have voted for him and would again. My president is far more a Gospel-living Christian than Franklin could ever hope to be.

  46. if someone could please show me where ….anywhere …. that it saya that the President of the United States must be a Christian….I would appreciate it…if not THEN SHUT THE EFF UP

  47. I support the right of Santorum to marry Graham! (They are so in sync!)

  48. Graham & Santorum have so much in common they should get married!

  49. As it is an election year,we don’t know ”who is campaigning for whom”.somebody might come out to call him(Obama) ”an Alien”:D

  50. I am so sick of this….

  51. I use to respect you-Mr. Graham, But i have noticed that you have jumped on ths Bandwagon of Anti-Islam and lack of respect and tolerance. WWJT (think)

  52. What he says about being sure someone is a Christian pretty much leaves him out of the equation.

  53. Mr. Graham. Ckckckckck..

  54. Obama is a kafir.. and is responsible for continuing Bush’s administrations of lying and killing their own citizens. Both Bush and Obama should be tried by a Shariah court insha’ALLAH for their crimes against the Ummah

  55. That’s okay – there are many people who question whether Mr Graham is a Christian :-)

  56. Graham is a true christian. Every religiouse christian ive ever met is a bigot like him.

  57. Who cares what his religious beliefs are!!!! That should have NOTHING to do w his presidency! Unless he’s a satan worshipped who honestly cares. Too many stupid people In this country and it’s astounding how famous some are and how often theye listened to

  58. I do not know for sure, but Franklin Graham might be a child rapist. I’m just not sure, after all a LOT of pastors and priests seem to be so, just going on the balance of evidence, he might be. Might. I’m not saying he is I’m just saying I’m not sure.

  59. Hate-mongering guys like Graham would never understand that some of us think having a Muslim President could actually be a good thing — he or she would have a better understanding of the Muslim world with which the US has become so involved. Certainly the opposite — a clueless Christian like Dubya — didn’t do us any good. In any case, I was never more proud of America than when we elected Barack Obama. That hasn’t changed.

  60. He is such a disappointment !

  61. why does his opinion matter?

  62. Is there something in the constitution that says the president of the United States can’t be a Muslim?

  63. Billy Graham’s son Franklin is a Christofascist — a chip off the old anti-Semitic block. But let’s not let Hillary Clinton off the hook. Remember when she said in an interview in 2008 that “Obama is not a Muslim. At least, not as far as I know”.

  64. he admits to being a muslim!! why not believe that, when he thinks we sshould believe every thing else h says!

  65. I love it when these idiots say Obama is an “avowed” Muslim, but also a secret one. One dictionary, stat!

  66. Good for Franklin Graham. He walks his talk. :)

  67. what an asshole!!!

  68. Hey, Franklin, take the plank out of your eye, so that you can see clearly to take the speck out of anothers’ eye.

  69. An asinise comment from an asinine asshole who no one with one eye and half sense listens to in the first place. Not saying a lot of people don’t listen to him, just saying tht no one with a lick of sense listens to him. And yet he could say with frim conviction that Frothy and Salamander are indeed Christians, no doubt in his mind. And his father said that God sent Sarah Palin to save America. Good thing our slavation doesn’t hinge on these idiots.

  70. @terri farkas. You are one fat and disgusting jesus freak. I mean your fucking gross looking haha

  71. Nick Rehl keep your racist bigoted comments to yourself, some of us are very much aware of the “K’ word you used and what it means in South Africa!

  72. I just have to assume that Mr Graham is a bigoted ass. Did his Father raise him to be so awful!?

  73. This comment ALONE is enough to make me wonder why people listen to this at all???

  74. One of the biggest assholes in America. Always has been.

  75. ::headdesk::

  76. OMG what an assholee

  77. @Richie McVeigh – you have NO idea what Freemasonry is all about.

  78. Who the hell cares unless it would be those good christians.

  79. WHO the HELL do these people think they are??? Can’t win an election on merit or on who can do the job, so they create bullsh^t stories… Graham is nothin but a cracker…

  80. Who made any Graham the measurer of anyone’s belief structure anyhow?

  81. Oh, be quiet. We are all everything!

  82. How is it that these ppl are so very Christian in questioning others beliefs? What hypocrites!!

  83. I don’t care what “religion” President Obama is! The Dow just proved his leadership is working! Hasn’t the GOP blamed the recession on him? Guess they’ll have to “blame” the turnaround on him too! Ha!!! — I think we need a Muslim president next! Or Jewish! Or better yet, athiest! Yeah, get the church out of government altogether!

  84. These religious right wingers are obsessed with how Christian someone is, when it shouldn’t matter. Being Christian is not a requirement for being President.

  85. What happened to the separation of church and state?

  86. I’m astonished at the littleness of this man. His father was one of the heroes of my youth; this dude is no one’s hero. You’d be amazed at the things one is unsure of after meeting Franklin Graham. What a phony!

  87. hes a pimp just like his daddy

  88. But I can be pretty sure Graham is not a real follower of Christ.

  89. Mr.Graham needs to check his own before he attack others, to me he shouldn’t do that, it’s not right.

  90. Who cares what Obama’s religion is; he isn’t trying to use it to oppress others or pass laws based on the views of this religion.

  91. Someone needs to beat this asshole silly with his own King James Bible! What a prick!

  92. Hey Franklin, GOD called, he wants to know if his Son would make it as a Christian according to your view?

  93. See: “Self-righteous fundamental evangelical Christian teachings”! He is just like a Taliban zealot; only Christian. Just saying!

  94. If these assholes want to rule a country by the seat of their religious pants than lets give it to them ! Fly them all to Afghanistan and let them join their Taliban brethren.

  95. Wow! That whole thing just keeps getting thrown around. That would never have even been an issue if he were a white president. Very sad.

  96. Can’t help wondering what his father thinks of Franklin’s rhetoric.

  97. Well, it’s t’ be expected from someone who can barely tell which way’s up.

  98. Who CARES?

  99. Since when must the President of the USA be a Christian?

  100. What do expect from the spawn of “Dr” Billy Graham, one of the greatest hucksters of all time?

  101. A Muslim fundamentalist group is organizing a conference focused on turning Austria and other European countries into Islamic states.

    The “Caliphate Conference 2012″ will be held on March 10 in the Austrian town of Vösendorf, situated just south of Vienna. The main theme of the event will be “The Caliphate: The State Model of the Future.”

    The conference is being organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir [Party of Liberation], a pan-Islamic extremist group that seeks to establish a global Islamic state, or caliphate, ruled by Islamic Sharia law.

    Hizb ut-Tahrir — which is banned in many countries, including Germany, but is free to operate in Austria — is virulently opposed to Western capitalism and democracy and seeks to extend the future caliphate to Europe and the United States.

  102. Suzzie Que
    Well the moderate Muslims wont allow it. I certainly wont, the Caliphaship went down after Ali bin Abi Talib died. After that, the Middle East fell back into old Jahiliyyah patterns, not Islamic. Its just their guise.

  103. See, the thing about Christian fundamentalists like Franklin Graham is that they’ll target any religion which either preceded Judaism or came after Christianity. FG even attacked Hinduism, saying “none of their 9,000 gods is going to lead me to salvation.” (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/franklin-graham)

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