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Franklin Graham, Mayor Buttigieg, and Religious Doctrine on Homosexuality

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Franklin Graham, a Far-Right cleric, is a strong supporter of the Republican Donald Trump. (It happens that he is the son of the Far-Right cleric Billy Graham, who happened to be a strong supporter of the last President to be threatened with impeachment, the Republican Richard Nixon.) Homosexuality is a human characteristic that has gotten this Graham very upset, over a long period time. Recently, The Hill published this reporting on what Graham had to say about Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his sexual orientation .

"Franklin Graham, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, on Wednesday slammed 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for calling himself a 'gay christian,' saying that the Bible defines homosexuality as something to be repentant of. . . .

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"Graham . . . added in a separate tweet that 'as a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.' "

" 'The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman not two men, not two women,' Graham said, before saying in a final tweet that 'the core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation."

Graham is making a number of points here, both directly and indirectly. One is that he is sure what Biblical Doctrine is (and we will get back to that one below). Second, he is sure that Biblical Doctrine and his concept of a Christian "God" as he sets them forth should have a major role to play in the U.S. political system, despite the fact that neither the word "God" nor the word "Christian[ity]" appear in foundational document for the U.S. system of government, the Constitution. The word "religious" appears once, as the last clause of Article VI: "but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." The word "religion" also appears once, as the first clause of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . ."

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So actually, it would appear that what Graham and his thoughts about Mayor Pete's sexuality and how they might in some way --- as a "sinner" for example --- disqualify him for the Presidency, are totally irrelevant in terms of the Constitution. But supposing they weren't irrelevant. Does Graham have a monopoly on the determination of what the Bible has to say about the subject of homosexuality?

Presumably the English translation of the Bible he is talking about is the King James version. First, I am told that there are 28 or so English translations of the Bible in use in Christian churches in the United States. So how does Graham know that his is the "right" one? Second, the King James version was produced in England in the early 17th century by a committee of 52 theologians and academics in order to provide an accepted and acceptable underpinning for the Church of England, under the newly crowned King, James I.

While he was a Protestant himself, he was the son of the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, and indeed was first James VI of Scotland. The English nobility that ordered up this new translation wanted to make sure that it was "right for the time. . .", their time of course, so that there would be no doctrine that could possibly be used to take the nation back to the days of Bloody Mary (the Queen, not the drink) and the English religious wars of the 16th century. Further, is it not ironic that the English monarch after whom the version of the Bible that Graham uses to support his homophobia was himself known at the time to be a homosexual (click here).

King James I of England, VI of Scotland. He was considered at time to be gay: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_relationships_of_James_VI_and_I.  And just think.  The Bible named after him is the very one Franklin Graham uses to condemn homosexuality.
King James I of England, VI of Scotland. He was considered at time to be gay: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_relationships_of_James_VI_and_I. And just think. The Bible named after him is the very one Franklin Graham uses to condemn homosexuality.
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Well, as it happens there are other interpretations of Biblical text that come to a different conclusion on the matter of the relationship between homosexuality and "sin." Forget for the moment that "sin" (in the Graham sense) is not a qualifier/dis-qualifier for the Presidency. If it were, of course, Graham's boy Trump would have been gone from the realm of consideration for the Presidency long ago (a fact that Graham and his ilk so conveniently ignore. But consideration of that fact is for another time.)

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When I was doing the research for my book The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S. 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel originally published in 1996, 3rd version published in 2013 (http://www.puntopress.com/2013/03/23/jonas-the-15-solution-hits-main-distribution/) I came across some very interesting text from the Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church (who himself happened to be gay). It appears in Chapter 11, on the "Proclamation of Right," in which a future President, originally a Republican before he became President-for-Life, under the (future) 31stAmendment to the Constitution which had established in that document that homosexuality is matter of choice, just has Graham says it is, declared homosexuality to be a crime (as it is now in 73 countries).

At any rate, here is what the Rev. Gomes had to say about the Bible and homosexuality (The 15% Solution, 3rd version, 2013, chap. 11, pp. 183-84):

"Christians opposed to political and social equality for homo­sexu­als nearly always appeal to the moral injunctions of the Bible, claiming that Scripture is very clear on the matter and citing verses that support their opinion. . . . They do not, how­ever, necessarily see quite as clear a meaning in biblical passag­es on economic con­duct, the bur­dens of wealth and the sin of greed.

"Nine biblical citations are customarily invoked as relat­ing to homo­sexuality. Four (Deuteronomy 23:17, I Kings 14:24, I Kings 22:46 and II Kings 23:7) simply forbid [directly or by implication] prostitution, by men and women.

"Two others (Leviticus 18:19"23 and 20:10"16) are part of what Bib­lical scholars call the Holiness Code. The code explic­itly bans homo­sexual acts. But it also prohibits eating raw meat, planting two different kinds of seed in the same field and wearing garments of two different kinds of yarn. Tattoos, adul­tery, [incest], and sexual intercourse during a woman's menstru­al period are similarly outlawed.

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The last president to be threatened by impeachment was Bill Clinton but I guess that doesn't fit your narrative very well.

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I don't know if Paul McCartney knew Revelations 22:10-11 was there when it says let the wicked be wicked and let the holy still be holy... But it sure does sound like let it be and live and let die. I say that is very good mind your own business wisdom for this crowded melting pot which I see people yelling fire, fire, fire over personal choices.

But then, I also know that Rock and Roll are the Peals (As I call the peals.) of Thunder told to be kept secret in Revelations 10 for these latter days we are living in. (You did not hear the end of the world from me.) I could also tell you (Though know "the established church" will hear none of. this.) these days were cut short (Or no one would survive.) by Lennon's death, and the other olive branch, (SHATTERED in Daniel 11:22 who helped open hell in Zechariah 9:11 & Revelations 9:1-2.) said to be killed in Revelations 11, must never go to the big apple.

It's really sad that the church is the 4th beast of Daniel 7, with the 10 horns being the churches that came out of Rome. I think there are very many well-intentioned people in the church. Though Jeremiah 23 is a huge rebuke of religious leaders and applies now, as when written and 2000 years ago, as Jer 23:20 makes clear. 23:20 has the same words of wrath bursting on heads that Jer 30:21-24 also says will become clear in the latter days. The leader who will be one of them in Jeremih 30:21-24 is the olive branch of Jeremiah 23:5-6 who is one of the olive branches.

As for the first 3 beasts of Daniel 7, it sure looks to me with the 100 of millions killed over the last 100+ years. China, USSR and USA would qualify. AND the little horn who uprooted 3 kings in Daniel 7 who the saints of the most high have been given over to is the religious right in America.

Not many people in cyberspace seem to want to give this truth a chance, but Arlo Guthrie with his hair white as wool is the Ancient of Days who takes his set in the world court of Daniel 7 and gives the kingdoms to the shattered hippies in Daniel 12:7, who will shine brightly when given control of the TV in Daniel 12:3.


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