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
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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.