Monday, April 29, 2019

Permission Denied

John Pavlovitz replies to Franklin Graham’s hate-filled claims that Pete Buttigieg can’t be a real Christian because he’s gay.

No gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, gender fluid, or non-binary human being is beholden to you or bound by your prejudices or in your debt—and their personal faith convictions aren’t any of your business.

You and the misguided zealots who share your heart aren’t the gatekeepers of the kingdom, no matter often you tell yourselves that or how many Bible verses you drop into your increasingly toxic Twitter feeds and incendiary Sunday sermons.

Someone else’s devotion to Jesus and the veracity of their faith confession are above your pay grade.

My only quibble with Mr. Pavlovitz is that he’s assuming Franklin Graham has any claim to be anything other than a grifter who lucked into a con that has scammed billions of dollars from millions of people with the promise of mythological salvation and a hand on their wallet.  That’s like saying the guy on the other end of the phone line with the Bollywood accent who is calling about the malware infecting your computer really does work for Microsoft.

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