Despite its claims to be "fair & balanced," Fox News blatantly panders to the evangelical/ Catholic religious right with its constant parade of persecuted Christians and a resident Catholic priest who channels right wing talking points. While cynics might say that this bias is a way for Roger Ailes to increase ratings and ensure that conservative Christians/Catholics continue to vote Republican, it is apparent that Mr. Ailes is also an earthly conduit for a higher power, at least according to Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham whose father's life and mission were chronicled on a recent Fox News special which was promoted on Fox & Friends and hosted by the very Christian Sean Hannity. During Graham's recent birthday bash, where he was flanked by various sycophants including Fox hosts, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin, it wasn't just God who was praised. God's very own network, Fox News also got a divine shout-out!
After the party goers watched a DVD presentation on the life of Billy Graham, his homophobic and lying son Franklin Graham, whose whine about having been disinvited from a Pentagon prayer day service (cuz of Graham's anti-Islamic views) was given lots of Fox air time, spoke. He thanked Rupert Murdoch for airing the DVD during the Fox Graham special. Franklin Graham noted that he has been questioned about why a news network would air this type of religious programming. (Ya think!). Affixing his metaphorical lips to Roger Ailes metaphorical ass, Franklin praised Fox News:
"And I thought, this is the greatest news in the world, that God loves sinners and God is using the greatest news channel in America to get this news out."
ROFLMFAO - If, according to the religious right and Fox News, atheists, gays, President Obama, liberals, Democrats are sinners, you sure as hell don't feel God's love emanating from the Fox News studios!!!!
The FIRST English settlement in this country was founded on a COMMERCIAL basis—the Jamestown colony in Virginia? Does that ring a bell with you? While the colonists may have been religious people, they didn’t exactly care about religious principles when they set up the colony. (For what it’s worth, the previous attempt—the “Lost Colony” of Croatoan—was made for purely geopolitical reasons; it was founded as an English balance to the Spanish settlement in San Agustin, the modern-day Florida city of St Augustine. And its failure has some ties to the Spanish Armada’s attempted invasion of England—the relief ship intended to resupply the colony was delayed because of the Armada. Even then, the settling of Jamestown was largely based on the same geopolitical reasoning.)
As to Plymouth and the Pilgrims, they weren’t the least bit interested in “religious” freedom. All they wanted was THEIR religious freedom. Non-Puritans were NOT welcome. Even Puritans who dared to challenge the church’s authority were driven out to prevent the spread of “heresy.” Check the history books for mentions of what the Puritans did to Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson—two prominent Puritan dissidents. Roman Catholics were widely discriminated against in the American colonies—with the lone exception of Maryland (which began as a haven for Catholics in the English colonies). The ONLY colony established under the principles of TRUE religious liberty for ALL people, regardless of their faith (or even their lack of same) was Pennsylvania; the Quakers faced levels of persecution in England but with the establishment of the colony, they not only had a land in which to practice their faith in their fashion but they were gracious enough to allow the same attitude to other people coming to the colony. By the time of the American Revolution, virtually all the colonies had official churches. Sure, people who belonged to other churches weren’t rounded up and tarred and feathered and exiled any longer, but they were required to pay taxes to support the established state church if they wanted to actually have a say in the running of the government (this was at the heart of the Danbury Baptists’ letter to Jefferson). If you couldn’t prove you’d paid this tax, you couldn’t vote (even if you met all the other requirements) nor could you serve on a jury (and you might not even be able to press a lawsuit depending on the whims and religious temperment of the court officials—so if you felt you’d been cheated but you couldn’t prove you’d paid your “tax,” you might not have any recourse). Your children might not be allowed in the local schools if you weren’t part of the State Church (even if you HAD paid your taxes) and even if they were, most of their lessons would be taught through the State Church’s lens (imagine being a Roman Catholic and your children were forced to use a Protestant Bible as part of their lessons-or vice versa).
I’ve always believed that a higher power could care less what church you go to or if you go at all but would only ask did you make the world a better place for others before you entered it. You don’t have to find a cure for cancer unless you have the knowledge to do so, just make the effort to help others with the abilities that you have. I would think nothing would please God more.
Franklin Graham is nuts. His bigotry towards homosexuals is a sin with my beliefs. He is not only cashing in on his famous father’s name but he’s accomplishing nothing but spreading hate to the ignorant.
No one would deny you the right to raise your children with your faith. What many with different faiths fail to comprehend is that others are entitled to their own beliefs.
The Grahams’ association with vile characters such as Ruthless Rupy, Hannocchio the RINO, Nixon trainee Ailes, and The Trumpster says it all. It’s all about the money, and the younger generation of Grahams are good at sniffing out people with large wallets. Those are the people you need to watch carefully.
The $64 million dollar questions:
Was this DVD, and the airing of Graham’s special aired on Trinity Broadcasting Network, or other Christian networks? If it wasn’t, why? Perhaps the masses should ask that question to so-called “Christian” Franklin, via social media.
As for Hannocchio, we wouldn’t use the word “christian,” given his extensive behavior and past. The perfect description for him is cafeteria Catholic. He should have been ex-communicated years ago.
Perfect verse for Franklin, the Fox “News” suits and mouthpieces.
Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. …
FOX “News” is bad fruit.
I seriously doubt spraying the Fox News studios with Holy Water would clear out the evil dark entries that are imbedded there.