There’s a lot of good stuff in the Bible. There’s stuff about helping the poor and the sick, about promoting peace and human dignity. There’s also a bunch of Stone Age sex stuff that became irrelevant long ago.
But to those troglodytes who believe the Bible is the literal word of God, it’s all equally important – including social directives written in a time before feminism, gay rights, or showering. Therefore the fact that Pete Buttigieg, one of the leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, is gay somehow remains an issue for them.
And because a key component of being an Evangelical is believing that everyone should share your beliefs and never shutting up about it, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, took to Twitter to call out Buttigieg for his supposed “sins.”
From his digital pulpit Graham proclaimed that God’s Word “doesn’t change” and helpfully pointed out that the Bible “defines homosexuality as a sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized.”
Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by. God doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever. 1/3 https://t.co/QHDNY3pwzJ— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 24, 2019
Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. 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. 2/3— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 24, 2019
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. 3/3— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 24, 2019
Needless to say Graham’s call for a gay person to “repent” for their sexuality in 2019 drew condemnation from more evolved organisms.
You're a disgrace https://t.co/7ewTYJGJJH— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 25, 2019
This is what it looks like when bigotry masquerades as Christianity. https://t.co/C3U6ZLNuXb— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 25, 2019
Many pointed out the enormous hypocrisy in Christians like Graham who pretend that they care about everything in the Bible but conveniently overlook things that apply to them and are happy to look the other way for political reasons when the “sinner” is someone they support.
I've been wondering who'd be the first preacher to get Biblical about the apocalyptic threat of a gay couple in the White House. Let the gays in and before you know it, a lying, cheating philanderer will be elected president. Oh wait... https://t.co/NmSyUrSbhL— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) April 25, 2019
FYI: If you replace the word "adultery" in the Bible with "same-sex marriage" -- as Franklin Graham seems to have for Trump -- then your Bible would then actually mention same-sex marriage!https://t.co/c7yswwdFeN— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) April 25, 2019
You support a man who has repeatedly committed adultery (which is against one of the Ten Commandments), yet you rail against a man who is in a loving, committed relationship?!? On behalf of all gay Christians: STFU, FRANKIE!!! Your hypocrisy is showing!!! https://t.co/N3867p6f0A— Chip Coffey (@chipcoffey) April 25, 2019
“So many denouncing Roy Moore when they are guilty of doing much worse than what he has been accused of supposedly doing.” - Franklin Graham— Ben (@BenHowe) April 25, 2019
Seems you can find the moral relativism in your heart when it suits you, reverend. https://t.co/wLC0kuLzC3