‘Morning Joe’ Confronts Rev. Franklin Graham Over Obama’s Christianity: ‘That Is An Amazing Double Standard’

I have a limited tolerance for Morning Joe  and this is one of those rare instances of tolerance…

The Huffington Post

The “Morning Joe” roundtable had a heated confrontation with Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of televangelist Billy Graham, for questioning whether President Obama is a Christian on Tuesday’s show.

Graham has come under fire for controversial statements about Obama’s faith before. On Monday, he was responding to a recent comment by Rick Santorum that initially appeared to criticize the President’s religious beliefs. Graham refused to definitively say that President Obama is a Christian.

When asked if he believed that he was, Graham said that people would “need to ask President Obama” to get an answer. “He has said he’s a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is,” Graham said.

He defined a Christian as someone who puts “faith and trust in Jesus Christ,” and contrasted that with what he claimed was Obama’s arrival at Christianity. He said that Obama joined a church after the Chicago neighborhood where he was a community organizer asked him to.

When co-host Willie Geist pressed him to say whether he believed Obama was a Christian, Graham maintained that he “cannot answer that question for anybody.”

However, his answer on Rick Santorum’s Christianity was a resounding yes. “His values are so clear on moral issues,” he said. “No question, I believe he is a man of faith.”

Contributor John Heilemann took issue with this. “That is an amazing double standard you just applied,” he alleged.

“You have to look at what a person does with his life,” Graham defended.

He also would not say whether he believed Romney is a Christian. “Most Christians would not recognize Mormonism as part of the Christian faith,” he said. He noted that Gingrich has been married several times, but that he believed that he was a Christian.

Geist questioned this. “So Newt Gingrich is a Christian, but you’re not sure that President Obama is. And you said based on the way they lived their lives.” Someone off-screen could be heard saying, “Wow.”

“All I know is under Obama… the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians murdered in the Muslim world,” Graham responded.

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2 responses to “‘Morning Joe’ Confronts Rev. Franklin Graham Over Obama’s Christianity: ‘That Is An Amazing Double Standard’

  1. Franklin Graham has sold out to the myth that the terms “Republican” and “Christian” are interchangeable. That’s why he’s stuck having to defend Gingrich but can’t bring himself to stick up for Obama.

    I think it’s sad, because Samaritan’s Purse is a great organization which does a lot of good around the world. But instead of focusing on that, he keeps putting his face on TV to show that he’s a Republican sell-out.

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  2. Dr3@MGYRL360

    “You have to look at what a person does with his life.”
    What unchristian thing has Obama done with his life?
    How is he any worse than the republican potentials, Christianity-wise?
    Was his muslim father EVER in his life? HARDLY. He was raised by his white mother and her white parents.
    When PEOPLE — Mormons, Jehovahs Witnesses and even President Obama, say they are Christians, I take them at their word.
    Graham doesn’t know WHAT Santorum does in his private life, or Newt, or Romney OR Obama, for that matter. How DARE he purport to know?
    Take them at their word and let it stand.

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