“I Think There are a Couple of Pages Missing From His Bible”

So said Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe today of Franklin Graham.

And he was right.

While I am not a fan of his father’s, there is no need to belabor his shortcomings at the age of 93. Franklin, however, is another story. He is a religious bigot of the first order, and rather proud of it.

He couches much of his language in the “proper” Christian rhetoric. He proclaims himself a “sinner” which is offered to show proper “humility”. He refuses the word “judge” and prefers to “take people at their word” but let their “actions speak for themselves”, all the while reminding folks that “there are all kinds of ‘Christians’ claiming to be followers of Jesus.”

Why he came on Morning Joe today is anybody’s guess, but he was not treated kindly in his bigotry. He was asked about whether he believed Obama was a Christian, and returned with the usual “He says he is, I have no right to judge.” He insisted that he must be judged by his actions. And his actions, Franklin argues suggest a decided Muslim favoritism.

The proof?

Why, America’s complicity in the downfall of Mubarak in Egypt! Dictator though he may have been, he protected Christians in the country, and the protection of Christians matters. It is inconsequential if Mubarak treated opposition Arabs rather poorly. Those people have no right to freedom when Christian lives are in the balance!

When Graham was asked whether Santorum was a Christian, he responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” This prompted Willie Geist and John Heilemann to grill him incessantly over his double standard. He kept on smiling while assuring everyone that he has spoken with Santorum and he believed his faith real. On the other hand, President Obama admitted to him that he had not attended church until he began working in Chicago and local leaders there told him that he would have little credibility if he didn’t involve himself in the churches.

Graham left it there, implying that Obama’s Christianity was a matter of convenience, rather than the more likely catalyst for perfecting his faith.

When asked about Gingrich, Graham admitted that he has some “marriage” problems, but was also a Christian and had the “makings of a good candidate.” As to Romney? He unbelievably and audaciously lied, “he’s a Mormon, and most Christians don’t think Mormons are Christians.”

Pressed again on his double standard, he reiterated that the way one lives one’s life is the defining standard. Clearly Santorum and Gingrich are “good candidates” while Obama has “favored Muslims” over Christians. End of story.

Graham has attempted to be smarter in his lying at least. When asked about his infamous remark that because Obama’s father was Muslim he “carried the seed of Islam”, Graham now disclaims that he said that. No, he claims, Islam claims that. The quote is below. You decide.

“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.” Franklin continues to say, “Now it’s obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed, and he has renounced Islam, and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That’s what he says he has done. I cannot say that he hasn’t. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said.”

I am happy that Graham supports the GOP. We sure don’t want no more Jeremiah Wright’s in our camp do we?

I bet you didn’t know that President Obama had “radical environmental policies” did ya? So radical that Santorum’s screech-owl, Alice Stewart, got confused and called them “radical Islamic policies” by mistake. She called in to correct that little Freudian slip real quick. Or is that just Santorum code speak

Newt knows his audience. Speaking in Oklahoma, he made fun of the President’s call for smaller cars as one way to combat our oil dependency. “You can’t strap a gun rack into a Volt,” Newters cried. And you can’t put lipstick on a pig either. Oops, that’s been taken.

Newt likes to shock. “Defeating Barack Obama becomes, in fact, a duty of national security. Because the fact is, he is incapable of defending the United States.” Wave the flag Newtie. All that’s missin’ is the bible.

Republicans can be such wet blankets. An Indiana legislator by the name of Bob Morris, refused to sign a 100 congrats to the Girl Scouts, because as he sees it they are a radicalized group who promote abortion and homosexuality. Does this mean no cookies Mr. Grouch? The Family Research Council thinks their campaign against the GS has resulted in lower cookie sales. Grown men beating up on little girls. Nice.

There are those who think it’s a darned shame that Pat Buchanan was turned out of MSNBC. The Right Wonkers are claiming that it is because Buchanan as a conservative voice. No, actually it’s because Pat couldn’t keep his hate buttoned up like he is supposed to. Read his ten most egregious racist remarks here.

Ragin’ Rick likes WWII analogies to Hitler when he thinks about Obama. Like Newtie, it’s your patriotic duty to get rid of the pretend President:

“Remember, the greatest generation for a year and a half, sat on the sidelines while Europe was under darkness,” Santorum said, going on to explain why Americans delayed entering the war. “We’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘Well, you know, it’ll get better. Yeah, he’s a nice guy. I mean, it won’t be near as bad as what we think. This will be okay. I mean, yeah, maybe he’s not the best guy after a while, after a while you find out some things about this guy over in Europe who’s not so good of a guy after all … ‘”

Oh such a collection of dopes.