Isn’t it great when a man of the cloth shows that good, Christian attitude toward his neighbor?
Franklin Graham, the preacher who led a prayer at Donald Trump’s inauguration, insinuated in a Facebook post that gay, South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg faces “eternal damnation.”
“Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party,” Graham wrote. “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 went on to say that the Bible defines homosexuality as a sin and blah blah blah you’ve heard all this boilerplate stuff before, right? Anyway, Graham throws all the good parts of Christianity out the window and goes full fire and brimstone when discussing where Buttigieg’s eternal soul will spend, well, eternity.
“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 said, about to put a caveat after saying “no question.” “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. 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.”
Buttigieg has spoken several times about his Christian faith and has gone so far as to assert that both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are hypocritical for their simultaneous spouting of Christian ideals and holding inhumane political positions and using similar rhetoric.
Graham was temporarily suspended from Facebook in December for a 2016 post where he criticized Bruce Springsteen for speaking out against North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which would force state citizens to use the bathroom that matched their gender assigned at birth rather than their gender identity. The ban lasted 24 hours and Facebook later claimed it was a mistake, though Franklin took it as a sign of the social media giant’s political bias.