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 Newsweek Calls Franklin Graham a "Bully"

Came across this article bashing Franklin (whom I admire for his backbone--in strong contrast to his father--even though i don't agree with everything he says or does). I'm so glad Franklin has earned the right to be persecuted (his father never really was)! See below:

Newsweek Slams 'Theological Bully' Franklin Graham, Tilting His Politics 'Hard to the Right'

By Tim Graham | May 17, 2011 | 16:59

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Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller wrote a story on "The Fight Over Billy Graham's Legacy," but the most notable thing that comes out of it is Miller's loathing of Rev. Franklin Graham (no relation). Miller clearly believes he's mangling his father's moderation, especially when it comes to Islam:

Franklin — who’s been accused of being a rhetorical and theological bully, saying, for example, that Islam is “wicked and evil”— agrees with the assessment that he is less gentle than his dad. “We preach the same Gospel,” Franklin says, but “Daddy hates to say no. I can say no.” Franklin adds that he is much more engaged in the day-to-day management of the BGEA than his father ever was, and through the efforts of his humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse has much more experience on the front lines of global conflicts, such as those in Rwanda and the Middle East. This perspective, he argues, justifies his harder edge. “I’ve been doing a different kind of ministry,” he says. “That has shaped my views on a lot of things.”

To Miller, Franklin Graham was on the "hard right" -- possibly because he could be friendly with Sarah Palin.

And what of the criticism that Franklin, a Christian minister, takes political sides in a way that his father did not? Billy Graham formed friendships with many politicians, and had intimate (though complex) relationships with both Richard Nixon, a Republican, and Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat. Franklin’s political friendships lean hard to the right. He most recently expressed support for the quixotic presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, telling Christiane Amanpour, “The more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, you know, maybe the guy is right.”

How Donald Trump is "hard to the right" is anyone's guess (but guess that's a birther reference). Franklin Graham also praised Palin and MItt Romney on ABC, so he didn't really "express support" for the Trump candidacy. He just viewed him favorably, and said "sure," he might support Trump. Miller can whack the "theological bully," and ignore how he told Amanpour in that interview "I love Muslim people. I don't believe that Mohammed can lead anybody to heaven. I believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. That's what I believe." (Miller probably still finds that exclusive claim to sound like bullying.)

She added: "Franklin says the rules of political engagement have changed since his father was a public figure. “It’s sad to see how polarized our nation has become. If a political party doesn’t like you, then they start attacking you,” he says. “I like the president. He’s a nice man. I just disagree—strongly—with the spending that both Republicans and Democrats alike are responsible for. It’s not right.”

This is the paragraph where Graham's friendship with Palin was explored:

Most of Graham's visitors come through the back door, as it were, arranged by the children as special favors to special friends. As kids, the siblings -- Gigi, Anne, Bunny, Franklin, and Ned -- bickered ruthlessly, "grumbling, interrupting, slurring each other," according to their mother's journals. Now they're grown, ranging in age from 53 to 66, but the rivalry continues. As in so many famous families, each child struggles with how best to wear the family name. Franklin, who has a second home in Alaska (and plans to ride his motorcycle there this summer) has long been friendly with Sarah Palin, and in 2009 helped orchestrate a much-publicized visit between the former governor and his father. Palin, who was on her book tour, came with her parents and her aunt Sally, Franklin says, and she brought Billy a Carhartt jacket. "Sarah Palin loves my father, and like a lot of people she grew up watching him on television. It was just family time." After the visit, Billy Graham released a statement saying, "Sarah and her family will always be welcome in the Graham home." This bit of stagecraft looked to some like an anointing. To others, it looked like partisan meddling by Franklin.

Miller also underlines how Graham's children haven't built lasting marriages like their father, and have addiction problems. This isn't the way, say, the Kennedys are portrayed by Newsweek:

Billy Graham has not lived a faultless life, but he did act carefully to protect his legacy and the significance of his reputation. In private, aware of his own human weakness, he instructed his ministry staff never to leave him alone in a room with a woman who was not his wife. In these last years, he speaks frequently of Ruth and of his yearning to go home to heaven to see her. His children have not been so cautious. Bunny, Gigi, and Ned are divorced and remarried. Ned, whose ministry builds and encourages Christianity in China, has spent time in rehab for prescription drugs, and Franklin admits to having had an appetite for alcohol as a younger man. Among Graham’s 19 grandchildren, at least three have become Christian preachers. But according to a 2008 story in The Columbus Dispatch, there has been drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, and eating disorders in that generation as well. Gigi and Ruth have made ministries out of helping families endure such struggles.

“I’m just not comfortable being thought of as coming from a wonderful family,” says Gigi. “We’re not exempt from some of the problems that everyone has. We’re empathetic to, sympathetic to, all the problems that people have today. We support one another, love one another when we’re going through some of the things we’re going through.” Franklin sees these family troubles somewhat differently. He and his siblings “don’t see each other that often. I think some of them have made bad choices in life, but I’m responsible for my life. I have to stand before God and give an accounting of my life.” He pauses, then adds, “I love my sisters and would do anything I could to help them.”

You're supposed to catch Miller's drift that forgiveness and love doesn't seem to be there for brother Ned.

Earlier:

NPR Star Terry Gross Horrified at 'Very Extreme' Franklin Graham Ruining U.S. Image

Mike Malloy: Franklin Graham Should Blow His Own Brains Out


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Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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 2011/5/25 3:05









 Re: Newsweek Calls Franklin Graham a "Bully"

P.S. Just an aside: It disturbs me to read that Franklin has multiple homes and is living so rich when some of his Samaritan's purse contributors live on very low fixed income and give to his org out of their poverty. If you don't think I should be disturbed by this please present your case and convince me (and yes i know for a fact about some such contributors).

 2011/5/25 3:14
notmyown
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Franklin visited our country about 3years ago.

My father was one of the drivers for the entourage. 3 or 4 brand new, top of the range Rangerovers were collected from a dealership for him. He booked out a whole floor of one of the most expensive hotels in the city. He had people go out and eat in restaurants to find the best ones for him to visit. He sent people out ahead of him to make sure there would be no traffic issues or hold-ups getting to and from restaurants. My memory is hazy about other demanding issues so I wont state anything else as fact but my father wasnt impressed with the whole attitude of the 'entourage' and the superstar status of Franklin.

...and his thankyou for driving for the duration of the visit? A signed copy of his own book of course!


Now where's that verse about living humbly....?



Edited:

Forgot to add - Keith Daniel was in the country at the same time. He came in unnoticed, his suitcase was delayed on arrival by a day, he spent most of his time in his room at a Pastors house just coming out for a meal and to socialise with any visitors who wished to talk to him. he spoke a series of meetings at a small local church and left again with no fuss.

I have heard of God doing miraculous things through Keith Daniels. Anyone any great stories of God moving through Franklin that I dont know about?

 2011/5/25 4:50Profile
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This situation is a classic example of an enigma. The Grahams appear to have done a lot of good while on the other hand have spread offense as well, some not so good.

I admire Franklin's boldness to speak out on unpopular topics. Yet, if they act like a spoiled rich kid when visiting other countries, it destroys whatever testimony they may have had.

Recently I read a quote - cannot remember its source - that one should not give monies to people who are richer then you. Been thinking a lot about this since. If all Christians would do this, it would eliminate abuse of power and riches done in the name of [Christian] ministry.

My thoughts...


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 2011/5/25 9:28Profile
notmyown
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To be honest, I'm tired of words, as I've been let down by so many Christians who say the right things but their actions deny what they say.

Wouldnt cross the road to listen to him now (and that goes for the majority of preachers around here)

 2011/5/25 11:41Profile
Joyful_Heart
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Wow! This is sad, I had no idea. God help us all. I do like your thoughts G.R. on not giving to people richer than us. That is why I give to the Church I am attending and a few others like SI when I can as I know brother Greg lives extremely humble. He has been an example to me on what is really important in this life and my desires for things has diminished. All glory to God.

 2011/5/26 20:19Profile









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Notmyown,

Wow, i had no idea. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for giving us the contrast between Franklin and Keith Daniels and showing me how it SHOULD be done. I dont know who Keith Daniels is but his behavior seems much more appropriate and honoring of God.

It is a sad thing,and i agree with you. I also no longer believe anyone in my own city/state when they claim to be a Christian. For one thing, it is because no one honors their word anymore. This means they have NO integrity. But there are many other reasons and examples.

 2011/5/26 20:59









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Quote:
Recently I read a quote - cannot remember its source - that one should not give monies to people who are richer then you. Been thinking a lot about this since. If all Christians would do this, it would eliminate abuse of power and riches done in the name of [Christian] ministry.



But then i wouldnt give to ANY ministry at ALL, as they are ALL led by people who are FAR richer than me! Even the pastors of churches are all richer than me. Pastors own homes and property, i don't. They all live like the borgeois. They get vacations even. I have never been given a vacation at any job i ever had.

 2011/5/26 21:03
ginnyrose
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CyAn,

So many of these larger, popular ministries are well funded. They intimidate many of lesser means who feel guilty because of their inability to share much.

But what did Jesus say? If you give a person a cup of water in his name, he will be noticed by God. Have you tried this in your work, to share in the littlest things, the seemingly most insignificant ways? May I suggest that before you begin your day, ask the LORD to show you how you can bless someone today and then see what happens. The sharing that God notices is that which is done in secret...

Try it and let it become your lifestyle. And see what happens.


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 2011/5/27 7:30Profile
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And the number one thing in our life as a christian is to keep our eyes on Jesus. He is the only perfect One on earth. People will let us down. It will happen until the end of time. People let Jesus down all the time.

And we are all at different places in our walk with Jesus. some are babies, some are teen and a few are mature.

If we kept our eyes on others we would surely despair and walk away but that is why we have to keep our eyes upon Him, in the Word and with the help of the Holy Spirit keep our mind, heart & body pure before the Lord.

I ask the Lord to help me daily and He does and when I come short I ask Him to help and quote the Word.

He is so faithful and longs to help us be closer to Him, to be more like Him so when we ask He will not turn a deaf ear.


The Lord continue to bless.

 2011/5/27 13:41Profile





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