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When Christianity Is a Bad Word

A Socially Speaking Commentary

August 24, 2010

By Perry Redd

Can you believe the depths to which the neo-conservative right will sink to?  Just when you thought they could go no lower, like a Limbo pole, they lower the bar.  Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, chose to jump directly into the conversation about President Obama’s religion following last week’s Pew poll that revealed the country is increasingly confused about whether President Obama is a Muslim. Graham, appearing to take the mantle of the Moral Majority of the 80’s  and the late Jerry Falwell’s modus operandi when it comes to inflammatory rhetoric, told CNN’s John King on Friday that he believes Obama, who only met his father once (who was a “confirmed atheist” at the time of his birth), was in fact born a Muslim:

“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name.”

First of all, why is that a “problem?”  What I want to know is how did Graham get so qualified on somebody else’s relationship with God?  Christians, all the time, tell you that one’s relationship with God is a “personal” one that no one else could ever know.  Graham goes against all that Christians have been teaching about the faith with this bogus analysis he’s made.  But he doesn’t care; you see, caring isn’t his objective…his goal is to aid the conservatives in attacking the President.  This is an election year people…nothing is off limits.

According to a new poll from the nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 18 percent of those surveyed wrongly identified Obama as Muslim, up from 11 percent in March 2009. At the same time, the number of Americans who said they believed, correctly, that Obama is Christian has declined from 48 percent in March 2009 to 34 percent today. But 43 percent of Americans now say they don’t know what Obama’s religion is at all.

The Pew poll was conducted between July 21 and Aug. 5, before Obama weighed in on the controversial plan to build an Islamic center near the 9/11 attack site on the World Trade Center.  What I want to know is why is Pew conducting these polls?  Why is this important?  Who pays for these and why are they paying for them?

The misinformation continues to exist despite the president’s own declarations of his Christian faith and the statements of his spiritual advisers.   The fact is that white Americans don’t want to believe the truth; doing that would only hurt their cause.  Facts be damned…another contradiction of a Christian principle.

And let’s take a look at the faith: if Obama was to accept Jesus Christ as his “personal savior,” the way Christians believe one must in order to claim the faith, then why is it that he is still a Muslim to them?  Simply because, that’s what they want.  Nevermind what he said, never mind the facts.

And how utterly hypocritical is that?  I mean, when those Christian missionaries go to foreign lands (that’s a questionable term now) and convince someone to “accept Christ” what they were in the past is no longer an issue, right?  If that’s not the case, then all of that evangelizing is nothing more than rhetoric!  They have become liars—to the nth degree…either Franklin Graham and the millions of Christians he represents have been fakin’ for all these years or somebody has misinterpreted the directives of Jesus.

So now, I’ve got to ask: are they truly Christians?  I have to say no.  There is nothing they do—or can do—to convince me that they are.  They’ve done all of the things that run contrary to the teachings of the Apostle Paul; John 3:16 is a farce.  Thank you Franklin Graham, you give Christianity a bad name.  Christianity is now a bad word.

Perry Redd is the former Executive Director of the Sincere Seven and author of the on-line commentary, “The Other Side of the Tracks”.  He is host and producer of the internet radio show, Socially Speaking.

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2 Responses to “When Christianity Is a Bad Word”

  1. I have no issue with personal faith in Christianity. But Christianity as an Organised Religion, and as a tool of power, is horrendous.


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