Franklin Graham unleashes holy hell on Pete Buttigieg

Christian evangelical minister and anti-gay activist Franklin Graham is attacking Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and one of the top Democratic presidential candidates. Graham appears to take issue with Buttigieg calling himself a Christian, and goes so far as to suggest the 37-year old Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran is going to go to hell.


Graham, who has spent years attacking LGBT people for being LGBT, does not spare Buttigieg. He warns the Indiana politician will suffer "eternal damnation" if he does not "repent" his homosexuality, as The Daily Beast noted.

Linking to a CNN article quoting Buttigieg saying, "God doesn't have a political party," Graham on Facebook responded, saying, "Buttigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party."

"But God does have commandments, laws, and standards He gives us to live by. God is God. He doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever," Graham notes.

"Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian and he wants to unite people behind him. I’m sure there will be many people who will want to follow. But as a Christian I believe what the Bible says. God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized," the 66-year old son of the far more unifying Rev. Billy Graham claimed.

"The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman—not two men, not two women. Mayor Buttigieg also said that to him, 'the core of faith is regard for one another.' We are definitely to support and help each other—no question," Graham wrote.

"But that does not come above believing and being obedient to what God says is truth. Without that foundation, we really can’t help anyone in a way that impacts their eternity," he added, mistakenly believing that he has the right to impose his view of "eternity" onto others.

"The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation," Graham claimed, clearly leaving out a few chapters of the Christian bible.

Graham is rather selective in his excusing of sin.

Last year he claimed now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's alleged attempted rape was just something "he did as a teenager" – apparently no repentance required.

Graham also called an alleged child abuser (the details are horrific and sickening) a "great patriot." Apparently no repentance required there, either.

In fact, according to Graham, Americans should keep their noses out of the sins of everyone else, including, President Donald Trump's.

Graham before the 2016 election announced that "everyone should realize that every word that is spoken or thought is recorded by God,” and therefore voters had no need to judge Trump.

He also defended Trump’s affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, as “nobody’s business” — although he insisted in 1998 that Bill Clinton’s “sins are not private.”

Extreme child abuse, infidelity and sex with porn stars and paying them hush money, and attempted rape – all pretty big sins in the eye of God, one might think. Not to Graham.

Apparently, Franklin Graham thinks the only ones who need to repent are Bill Clinton and gay people like Pete Buttigieg.

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