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Franklin Graham: Romney Lost Because America Turned Its Back on God

By December 20, 2012

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According to Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham, the only reason Barack Obama won and Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election is that America is becoming more secular. This, according to Graham, means that America is turning its back on God.

Franklin Graham, 2005
Franklin Graham, 2005
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It would appear that Franklin Graham believes that secularism is incompatible with Christianity. His remarks were made during an interview on the ABC Family Channel which makes me wonder how much ABC supports Graham and his views. They did, after all, let CBN's David Brody conduct the interview.

Graham explained that the "secularization of America wasn't going to stop" even if Obama had been defeated, but it could have been slowed down.

"That's why we need to get out and vote, and vote for candidates who support moral values," he insisted. "We need someone like a Jerry Falwell to come back and resurrect the Moral Majority movement where you get people that have a moral background who are willing to come together and vote for moral issues that are important to this nation."

"If that would take place, we would see a great change in this country, but our country is in trouble. It's in trouble spiritually. We've turned our back on God."

Source: Crooks & Liars

Yeah, a new Moral Majority sounds like a peachy idea, doesn't it? That certainly worked out well for everyone involved the first time, didn't it? Well, I guess I have to admit that it helped organize conservative evangelicals into what they've become today. Their current successes, though, have come at a cost - and aren't even always unambiguous succeses.

Consider, for example, the fact that evangelical turnout in the 2012 election was actually quite large and that Mitt Romney received a rather high percentage of their vote. The truth is that neither he nor anyone else could have reasonably expected to do much better among conservative evangelical Christians in America.

What this means is that a "resurrected" Moral Majority wouldn't be able to improve things by very much, if at all. It's noteworthy that Franklin Graham only sees a Moral Majority as existing for the purpose of providing votes for Republicans rather than as an independent, non-partisan organization that exists for sake of promoting particular values or issues.

Of course, that was the truth of the original Moral Majority as well, even though they wouldn't have admitted it publicly. They accomplished something by organizing and politicizing fundamentalist and conservative evangelicals. Now that that's been done about as well and as much as can be expected, what is there for a new one to do?

I have to conclude, then, that Franklin Graham is yet another conservative who quite clearly "doesn't get it." He doesn't understand that demographics are against him and his views - that unless the focus has to be on young people and minorities if they want to grow in the future. Looking backward like Graham is doing is a sure recipe for continued failure.

Nothing could make me happier.

December 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm
(1) cag says:

I have always wondered how one turns ones back on an entity that exists everywhere (even in my rectum).

December 21, 2012 at 9:26 am
(2) Cousin Ricky says:

But ABC Family is owned by The Walt Disney Company, a corporation that has long supported gay rights. Do Graham and Brody realize they interviewed for a double agent? In the heart of the lion’s den! Wolves in sheep’s clothing! Run, Franklin, Run!!!

December 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm
(3) FrankDK says:

No possibility that Romney lost because the Republicans were pro-rape, or that Romney is rich and Jesus instructed his followers to sell all they had and give the money to the poor? Or because Romney and Ryan lied over and over again? No, it’s because we turned our backs on a god that is everywhere.

The delusions of the religious never cease to amaze me.

December 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(4) jakenhyde says:

Interesting that you added that Franklin is the son of Billy Graham. Nobody in this country would have a clue who Franklin is if it weren’t for his dad….or using Billy to identify Franklin.
It’s similar to Hank Williams Jr. He is now, and has always been, a nobody who only became known to the public because of his father.

December 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(5) Jane Minner says:

It is my opinion that the white, male religious leaders are terrified that they are losing their “hold” on the american people. It’s about time!!

December 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm
(6) M says:

I tend to be suspicious of any opinion that starts out saying, “the only reason…”

December 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm
(7) Barry Johnstone says:

Dear Franklin, you’re f**ked in the head.

December 22, 2012 at 2:34 am
(8) Joshua says:

Early this year when No. Carolina sustained serious and deadly damage from tornados I was surprised that Rev. Pat “Smirky” Robertson hadn’t used the opportunity to blame the storms on god’s annoyance with homosexuals. But his input really wasn’t necessary. I knew immediately that in this case god was punishing the Carolinians for harboring the Graham family, especially their evil spawn Franklin. I’d not paid much attention to the varmint until he was chosen by some addled newsperson to be interviewed about whether the “Obama Birth Certificate Issue” had been sufficiently settled. His reply, a desperate, labored attempt to spark rancor with his lunatic notion that one’s religion is genetically “inherited” told me all I needed to know of the man. Now, just wait until he reads a bit further in his Bible and comes across Christ’s admonition: “Blessed are the peace makers…”

December 22, 2012 at 4:11 am
(9) Borsia says:

The exact opposite is closer to the truth!
Romney lost because of the extreme religious right’s push, through the Republican party, to inject and infect government with religious dogma and force their so called moral values on the public, regardless of their own values, faith or lack thereof.
It seems that the religious strong-arms are determined to keep on losing given that they haven’t learned a thing from the Republican losses.
A true moderate would have won the day. While many right wingers claim that “true god fearing republicans” wouldn’t vote for a moderate that is pretty much pure BS.
Given the choice between a moderate Republican or a leftist like Obama there is no way they would not vote for the moderate.
Looking at the names being tossed out by both parties as possible 2016 candidates it is obvious that things are going to continue on their downhill plunge into complete collapse of America.

December 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(10) Robert Haskins says:

He has a point. We are a more secular nation and growing in number every day. The religious right message was just too much over the top for most of us to take.

December 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(11) David says:

Being that Christians believe that God has a Divine plan for them then they should realize that their God’s divine plan was to have Barack Obama re-elected as president of the United States.Romney was simply not in their God’s divine plan.

December 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(12) David says:

America turning it’s back on god ??
The human race should be so fortunate.

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