No, I did not say I have agreement with Mr. Graham. And, while searching for information as to whether or not Franklin Graham pays taxes, I found the following piece and am posting here for your perusal. It comes from a site named Jesus is not a Republican. I could not determine the author's name but the words ring so true.
Franklin Graham (Redux)
I hate to dwell on one topic, but the more distance I put between myself and seeing the interview of Franklin Graham live on "Morning Joe" yesterday and immediately reporting on it, the more irritated I become. The clip wasn't available to review before I posted about it, so nuance was lost between refilling my coffee and giving my dog Jack a treat, and writing about it. I'm irate because I missed some key points, but mostly because of how a man of such dangerous, albeit, soft-spoken mendacity can call himself a man of God. In retrospect and after reviewing the clip, it is clear that every word Graham uttered was calculated. Thankfully, the panel members were on their respective games and ruffled him up a bit and ultimately exposed his hypocrisy (the double-standard by which he judged the faith of Obama vs. the Republican candidates’, especially Santorum). But there was more than a little hypocrisy at work. In the interest of not writing 5,000 words on this topic, I would urge readers to watch the clip for context if you haven’t already.
What Graham was trying to do was raise doubts about President Obama’s very legitimacy, and, just as mendaciously, about where his loyalties lie. Graham blatantly questioned the President’s faith in the context of implying that he was a closet Muslim that valued the lives of Muslims over the Christians and the Jews. He did this by slyly stating that if you are born of a Muslim father, the “Islamic World views you as a son of Islam” and a de facto Muslim, which turns out to be categorically false. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with being Muslim. Unfortunately, many would disagree and just by implying that the President is Muslim would be enough to cause a substantial stir in the populace. But Graham went further than that, and essentially stated that the President was allowing the slaughter of Christian minorities by radical Islamists in the Middle East. So now, according Graham’s words, the President is a Christian hating Muslim. To top it off, Graham questioned the President’s loyalty to Israel (while stating that the Egyptians would have been better off remaining under the rule of a brutal, right-wing, dictator than they are now). This guy bashes President Obama with more efficacy than the RNC Chair. Why didn’t he just come right and say it: “Obama is a terrorist!” I guess that would immediately blow his cover and make him a less effective mouthpiece for the GOP. Franklin Graham is clearly not his father’s son.
While I agree that Jesus is not a Republican, I can surely see that Franklin Graham is!. Couple that with Mr. Graham's need for publicity, his *ODS can accomplish that in many circles. How many of you knew Billy had a son? Billy Graham took pains to keep his political views to himself. His son seems to prefer the opposite approach! Pity!
*ODS- Obama Derangement Syndrome.