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9 Arguments From the Bible Fundamentalists Should Have to Make

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The real war on religion is being waged by those on the Right who read the Bible not as the story of God's saving interaction with the world through the unfolding of God's reign, but either as foundational for a conservative politics of self-interest or as a blueprint for a post-Enlightenment cult of individual piety.

How Much Is Too Much To Pay A Pastor?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Franklin Graham’s annual compensation of $880,000, revealed in a Charlotte Observer story, has some worrying that too many top Christ...

Franklin Graham's Annual Income Is Getting Closer To $1 Million

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Franklin Graham started taking a salary from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association two years after giving u...

Other Families' Values

George Heymont | Posted 08.09.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

2015 may well go down in history as the year that traditional family values (which frequently hide behind the purported threat of an imaginary "War Against Christians") finally got exposed for the perversions of its loudest proponents' hypocrisy.

Grace Verses Condemnation: Which Song Do We Sing?

Charles Redfern | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Call it the collision of two choirs. One lobs paranoid epithets from a grim cloister and hogs the microphone; the other - in which I recently bathed in a week-long conference featuring evangelical academics, scientists, and ecological activists at Gordon College in Massachusetts - sings with gentle conviction and grace. It's soothing.

5 Reasons Franklin Graham Is Once Again the Worst Thing to Happen to God in a While

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Here's the thing, Franklin Graham isn't the voice of Christianity, let alone a stand in for the voice of God. In fact, much of the rest of Christianity has to work overtime because Franklin Graham invests so much energy saying things that make the rest of us who take God seriously shake our heads; which is why Franklin Graham is once again the worst thing to happen to God in a while

Evangelicals, Muslims Denounce Franklin Graham's Anti-Islamic Views

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America, speaks at a joint evangelical Christian and Muslim event on Thursday (July 23, 2015) ...

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

Franklin Graham and Christian Bigotry

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Our prejudices and bigotry require very little attention. Only radical Muslims make the news and peace-loving Muslims do not. Few of us have Muslim friends. But lack of information is bigotry's best friend -- bigotry feeds on precious little (biased) information.

Franklin Graham Should Worry About Radicalizing Right-Wing Christians, Not Muslims

Qasim Rashid | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

In his July 17 Facebook post, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, spewed unhinged hatred and bigotry against American Muslims. Writing his response to the Chattanooga shooting. Such language would, and does, radicalize ignorant youth. It fosters terrorism.

The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

Adam Phillips | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

Billy Graham's son is terrified that President Obama and a whole host of us have chucked out our Bibles in order to support marriage equality. This is laughable if it weren't so powerfully sad. Here's the thing, Franklin: You need to read your Bible better.

Being "Countercultural" Is Not a Virtue

Hollis Phelps | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

Certain Christians would do well to reflect seriously on why their views on same-sex marriage and gay rights more generally have gone out of favor, rather than attempting a retreat into a countercultural enclave.

I'm a Christian, Therefore I Support Same-Sex Marriage

Stan Duncan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

When the chips are down and the going gets rough, and people are claiming that we need to protect ourselves from a dangerous wave of tolerance, and openness, and acceptance, I think I'm going with Jesus.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

Brother, when you reference the Bible with a level of biblical illiteracy you have shown in your response to the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, it is too much. You have embarrassed yourself and your clan.

Banks, Comic Books and an Evangelist

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

In early June it was reported that Franklin is moving all bank accounts associated with his Christian organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, away from Wells Fargo bank. The move is not related to the bank's banking practices. It has to do with the bank's advertising.

Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

I grew up thinking Billy Graham was a hero. My family was Baptist; my dad, a Baptist preacher. I was an adult before I realized Graham wasn't exclusively Baptist though by then he might as well have been because conservative Christians seemed, largely, to have let go of doctrinal differences in favor of ideological absolutes.

Boycotts or Love?

Michael Cheshire | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Michael Cheshire

Look, at some point, the Christian church is going to need to dust off the old practices of a guy named Jesus, and simply start loving and caring for people where they are at.

Has Sex Ever Given You Whiplash?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

Can someone explain to me why the Bible is not rated NC-17? In chapter 20 we hear about the penalties for breaking these rules. It involves a lot of blood and death. It's ugly, but once we start reading, it's hard to stop.

WHOOPS: Franklin Graham's New Bank Is LGBT-Friendly, Too

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion

Evangelist Franklin Graham may want to look a little more closely at the financial institutions he patronizes. Graham, who is president and CEO of ...

So Let Me Get This Straight...

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Franklin Graham took to Facebook to announce he is moving his accounts to another bank to protest the Wells Fargo commercial featuring a lesbian couple. He is boycotting Tiffany's because they are selling wedding rings to gay couples. So is it safe to assume that he will be moving his Facebook and Twitter and Google and YouTube accounts to other media? Friendster, maybe?

Franklin Graham Moves Money Out of Wells Fargo Because Of 'Moral Decay'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion

Franklin Graham is calling on Christians everywhere to boycott LGBT-friendly companies after Wells Fargo bank released an ad that clashed with his per...

Franklin Graham Thinks He Can Pray And Sway Notorious RBG

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham wants Ruth Bader Ginsburg to finally “see the truth of Scripture” and vote against same-sex marriage as the S...

Religion and the Politics of Fear

Kelly James Clark | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

As fear increasingly constricts Christian love toward Muslims, we would do well to remind ourselves of the radical love of Jesus who insisted in word and deed that our fears must not be allowed to overwhelm our compassion.

Note to Franklin Graham: Having to Live with Muslims and LGBT People Isn't Persecution

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Having to live as neighbors with people you don't approve of isn't a form of persecution against Christians. According to Jesus, it's the very focus of Christian life.

Franklin Graham Is Still the Worst Thing to Happen to God in a While

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Inasmuch as President Obama has been more than clear about his Christian commitments, continuing to question his faith is merely a more socially acceptable way of calling him a liar.