Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Give me Barry Goldwater any time!

Well ... isn't he special?  I'm referring to Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham.  He took it upon himself to judge presidential candidates according to their spiritual views and he "questions" whether President Obama is a Christian.  Graham "thinks" Newt Gingrich is a Christian and he's sure Rick Santorum is the real thing.  And Mitt Romney?  Graham was pretty evasive, saying most Christians wouldn't see Mormonism as being Christian at all.

My question is this:  who the heck is Franklin Graham to judge anyone's spiritual beliefs?  And why are the media giving him any attention at all?

Give me Barry Goldwater any time!  Here are Mr. Conservative's views on the subject!

"On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism'."

Right on, Barry!  I wonder what the Franklin Grahams and Rick Santorums would say if they heard the Senator speak right now.  They would probably call him a heathen and try to convert him. And he would throw them right out of his office.

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