Billy Graham’s son: Obama, on gay marriage, has shaken fist at God

Franklin Graham — son and legatee of Billy Graham, the traditional spiritual advisor to the nation’s presidents — is lashing out at President Obama for his support of gay marriage, saying that Obama has “shaken his fist” at God, and lamenting “a sad day for America.”

Graham’s three-paragraph statement, released on the association’s website, noted that voters in his home state of North Carolina had approved a constitutional amendment that allows only heterosexual marriage. Overall, 38 states have adopted some kind of prohibition on gay marriage, and the president said that the states should be able to determine whether to accept homosexual unions.

As a senator and presidential candidate, Obama had said that he opposed gay marriage, but more recently said that his position was evolving.

“In changing his position from that of “Senator/candidate Obama, President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage,” Graham said. “It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more.

“The institution of marriage should not be defined by presidents or polls, governors or the media,” Graham continued. “The definition was set long ago and changing legislation or policy will never change God’s definition. This is a sad day for America. God help us.”

Graham, 59, has insinuated previously that he’s not a big fan of the president. On Feb. 21, on MSNBC’s  “Morning Joe” show, he was asked whether Obama was a Christian.

“I think you have to ask President Obama,” he said. Because Obama’s father was a Muslim, Graham added, “under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees Barack Obama as a Muslim.”

Elsewhere, Graham has called Islam “wicked and evil.”

Leaps of Faith

Claims that Obama concealed nonnative birth or faith in Islam failed to gain mainstream traction, but conservatives like Sean Hannity were more successful in labeling Obama as covertly “anti-American” based on his association with the incendiary pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. By this logic, Obama was a paragon of Christian piety. He “savored” every word on Sunday mornings and would surely govern by these traitorous principles: his beliefs were dangerous because, well, he really believed them.

But Obama’s opponents have a new twist on this old allegation. They find evidence for his unbelief not by exposing his biblical illiteracy or shoddy church attendance, but in his failure to support “religious freedom.”

The charge that the president is a faker on religious freedom is the most recent iteration of the ongoing attack on his legitimacy: it is the new “birther” movement. It’s also a decades-old rhetorical tool of the culture wars intended to depict the entire left as frauds who supposedly stand for a tolerant open society, but who are in fact disciples of a secular pseudo-religion intent on quashing Christian influence in America.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, who has always been more provocative than his prudent father Billy, told MSNBC last week that the president lacks sufficient outrage over the plight of persecuted Christians. “Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama,” Graham said, adding that the Muslim world sees Obama as “a son of Islam” who will not challenge religious oppression. “The Muslims of the world — he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries – that’s what bothers me.” (Graham offered a half-apology on Tuesday, saying he regretted any comments that “cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president.”)

Following and Arrest

“On May 1st, New York’s Times Square was the target of a failed terrorist attack. In the extensive coverage of the incident, you will find the timeline of the incident leading to the arrest of the suspect right before he scarped the country. The coverage will also include the news following the arrest, the charges against the suspect and the debate around the suspect’s Miranda rights. It will review some of  the immediate consequences of the incident including debates about the effectiveness of the no-fly list, the heightened security measures in NYC and potential effects of the incident on US foreign policy. International dimensions of the incident in linkage to Pakistani Taliban as well as the coverage by Pakistani sources have also been included. Finally, a collection of links related to the suspect’s background is available.”

CBS: Suspect Charged With Five Counts
Associated Press via My Fox, The New York Time, USA Today and The Washington Post : Suspect’s Cooperation
Associated Press via MSNBC, The New York Time, USA Today, La Times and The Washington Post: The Miranda Right Issue

Aftermath and Consequences

“On May 1st, New York’s Times Square was the target of a failed terrorist attack. In the extensive coverage of the incident, you will find the timeline of the incident leading to the arrest of the suspect right before he scarped the country. The coverage will also include the news following the arrest, the charges against the suspect and the debate around the suspect’s Miranda rights. It will review some of  the immediate consequences of the incident including debates about the effectiveness of the no-fly list, the heightened security measures in NYC and potential effects of the incident on US foreign policy. International dimensions of the incident in linkage to Pakistani Taliban as well as the coverage by Pakistani sources have also been included. Finally, a collection of links related to the suspect’s background is available.”

USA Today: Pakistani-Americans’ “Worst Fear”
Associated Press via CNN, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal: Questions about the No-Fly List
Associated Press via CNN and The New York Time: On Terror-Watch List Individuals Buying Gun
Associated Press via CNN and MSNBC: Bill aiming at Stripping Certain Americans of Their Citizenship
CNN: Tightening Security Measures at East Coast Airports
Associated Press via The New York Time and La Times: Extra Security Measures
Associated Press via ABC, CBS News, USA Today: Abandoned Truck Forces NYC Bridge Shutdown
Associated Press via ABC 4, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post: Police Investigates a Suspicious Package
MSNBC: Petraeus on the “New Generation of Terror”
Huston Chronicle: Petraeus: Suspect Likely Acted Alone
USA Today: Potential Effects on US Foreign Policy

Suspect’s Background

“On May 1st, New York’s Times Square was the target of a failed terrorist attack. In the extensive coverage of the incident, you will find the timeline of the incident leading to the arrest of the suspect right before he scarped the country. The coverage will also include the news following the arrest, the charges against the suspect and the debate around the suspect’s Miranda rights. It will review some of  the immediate consequences of the incident including debates about the effectiveness of the no-fly list, the heightened security measures in NYC and potential effects of the incident on US foreign policy. International dimensions of the incident in linkage to Pakistani Taliban as well as the coverage by Pakistani sources have also been included. Finally, a collection of links related to the suspect’s background is available.”

CNN: The Incident’s Extended Timeline
BBC: Suspect’s Profile
Fox News: Glimpse into Suspect’s Life
MSNBC: Clues to Suspect’s Background
NYT: Suspect’s Background
USA Today: Suspect’s Background
CNN: Images of the Suspect Buying Fireworks
CBS: Suspect on US Travel Security List Since 1999

Officials are being asked to repudiate NY Representative’s anti-Muslim remarks

The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on American Muslims and people of conscience to urge their elected officials to repudiate New York Representative Peter King, concerning a bigoted response to a Department of Homeland Security report released earlier this week.

In an interview on MSNBC, Representative King stated: “[Napolitano] has never put out a report talking about look out for mosques. Look out for Islamic terrorists in our country. Look out for the fact that very few Muslims come forward to cooperate with the police. If they sent out a report saying that, there would be hell to pay.”

CAIR-NY director Faiza Ali responded by saying that “sweeping generalizations about Muslims and mosques have no place in serious natural security discourse.” Ali added that this is not the first such inflammatory comments by King, and that he has a long history of rhetorical hostility toward the American Muslim community.

New articleDoes U.S. Tolerate Anti-Muslim Speech? The latest flap: Radio-show host says Muslims should be deported, sparking a backlash

Lu Gronseth listens regularly to WWTC, a conservative talk-radio station in Minneapolis, and even advertises his mortgage-loan business on the station. But when he learned that a nationally syndicated radio show host had told WWTC listeners that Muslims should be deported and made rude comments about what they could do with their religion, Mr. Gronseth pulled his ads from the station. So have at least two other Minnesota businesses, at the urging of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., as have a handful of national companies, including OfficeMax, JCPenney, Wal-Mart, and AT&T. But the comments by host Michael Savage in October – and previous anti-Muslim speech – have not created the furor that knocked radio icon Don Imus off of MSNBC and CBS Radio after he denigrated a black women’s basketball team. That leaves many Muslims-Americans – and non-Muslims like Mr. Gronseth – suspicious that Americans have a double standard when it comes to Islam.