Franklin Graham isn’t even trying to pretend to live the words of Jesus Christ anymore. The hyper-partisan son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, just days after Easter, took to Twitter to denigrate progressives in the wake of Tuesday’s stunning upset that placed a progressive Democrat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
“WI just lost a seat in its state Supreme Court to a progressive judge. In my opinion, if Christians had come out to vote, this seat wouldn’t have been lost. It’s not the time to be silent—it’s time to make positive change for our children & grandchildren,” Graham tweeted on Thursday.
Who, exactly, does Graham think voted for her? It had have included a large number of Wisconsin’s Christians, since she won by a 12 point margin.
“Christians should be aware of candidates who call themselves progressive. Progressive is generally just a code word for someone who leans toward socialism, who does not believe in God, & who will likely vote against Godly principles that are so important to our nation,” Graham also tweeted.
What Graham is really saying is that only true Christians are Republicans and only true Christians vote Republican. As the head of a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity he’s toeing a dangerous line – or would be if his BFF, Donald Trump, hadn’t told the IRS to ignore violations of the Johnson Amendment.
Not everyone agreed with Graham’s attacks:
Christians should be aware of candidates who call themselves conservative. It’s commonly a term used to mask racism, greed and worldly comfort as “family values.” They use the name of God to further an agenda that is not related to The Kingdom.
— Ryan Rijken (@Rijken) April 5, 2018
@Franklin_Graham do you ever think to ask before you tweet?
Have you spoken to a progressive?
I am a progressives, and am not who you think I am.
The root word here is Progress.
I truly wish you would pray before you tweet.
Perhaps then you would act more like Christ.
— Jim Berman (@jmberman) April 5, 2018
A strong case can be made for the Bible supporting socialist ideologies, especially the New Testament, including Jesus’ own teaching. Besides that, there are currently thriving churches in socialist countries. The deeper I understand scripture/Jesus, the more socialist I lean.
— Wyatt Bauman (@WyattBauman) April 5, 2018