I Think Graham is Crackers


It has been more than a week since Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake and tsunami, and yet only now are religious celebrities beginning to come out of the woodwork to give a spiritual explanation for what occurred. Talking to Newsmax TV, Rev. Franklin Graham confirmed that, indeed, these recent natural disasters could signal the Second Coming of Jesus, but Bill O’Reilly was right in calling out the media for exaggerating the severity of the disaster in Japan. Opening with a quick recap of this century’s disasters– Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, the tsunami in Indonesia– the host asked Graham just how worried the world should be that these are the end times. Graham replied that the signs are clearly there, that wars and famine and earthquakes are precisely what would indicate the end of the world.

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While he clarified that he didn’t know for sure if this was the end of the world, he saw a good argument for it.

Graham also answered questions about Glenn Beck (“he’s a charming guy”) and O’Reilly, specifically whether the latter was correct that the hype over potential “nucular” disaster in Japan. “No question, when you talk about nuclear, that scares me, ok?” Graham allowed. But he also thought “O’Reilly has a point… you can sell newspapers and you can get your ratings up.”

(Video at MEDIAITE link)


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37 responses to “I Think Graham is Crackers

  1. jean-philippe

    Personally, I find Graham’s view less offensive than the one of Warren Buffet saying that the country’s record earthquake created a buying opportunity for equity investors.

  2. I know lots of people who are convinced that this is definitely a sign that the world is ending soon.

    Most of them also thought that the world was ending soon because of the war in Iraq.

    The 1991 war in Iraq, mind you.

    Very few of them can actually quote anything out of the book of Revelation. It’s a very sad thing that people who claim to take it most seriously have no clue what’s in the Bible.

    • if the world is ending, why do televangelists continue to ask for money? they can’t take it with them, can they?

      • Well, that’s not the important thing … the important thing is that YOU can’t take it with you, so you might as well give it to them.

        Have you heard of the company that offers pet care in case of the Rapture? It’s a bunch of atheists making fun of believers, but they actually have a client base … Rapturists who are so concerned about their cats and such that they have paid people who promise not to become saved and will respond within 24 hours to the Rapture and come take care of pets through the Tribulation.

        I’m not sure how many clients they have, but in the interview the guy said he had a few.

        It’s possible that I know one … one of those people with the “Warning: In case of Rapture, this car will be driverless.”

        I kind of like the one that says, “In case of Rapture, can I have your car?”

        • d’oh! i wish i had thought of that! i love dogs, and i can use a few bucks.

          • Well, if there’s anything to be learned from the televangelist market, it’s that there are plenty of nutjobs out there willing to part with their money.

            • how sad that people are bamboozled into thinking they can buy salvation by supporting these clowns and their lavish lifestyles instead of giving their money to buy food or medical care for poor people.

              • One of the questions I’ve asked a lot is, “What would happen if Evangelicals used all of that money we’re spending fighting against health care reform and used it to provide health care for poor people?”

                Sometimes I wonder why I still have friends …

  3. I was halfway expecting him to confirm end times are near, so CALL NOW 1-800-end times & tell St. Peter @ the golden gate you gave generously for extra points in the great beyond!!!!
    Of course this would be a limited time offer….

  4. Maybe Franklin should spend more time at the foot of old Billy listening to the great stories about what a swell guy Tricky Dick was, truly gods vessel of holy shit. As for the “revelation” crowd, ask yourself two questions: (1) why this revelation is chosen from the dozens of others, and (2) why is there no mention anywhere in scripture of the existence or use of opium.

    • what does opium have to do with it, jerry? please don’t make me google. i have a booboo. 😥

      • Just a pet peeve. When listing scriptural temptations that lead to sinning, dope seems to have a free pass, even though known in the ancient world and readily traded by the caravans. All the other apocraphal revelations are about as kooky as the next (like trying to find a proper ending for Fatal Attaraction) but whoever wrote the Revelation of John was definately on dope.

        • I don’t think you have understood that the dope you speak of wrote what he saw and what he was told to write. So the dope would not so much be John. These things that are written are not for the wise unbeliever to understand. But what do I know, I am a dope too.

  5. afrankangle

    Of all people, a family member recently told me that the quake/tsunami was a result of God being pissed at us. (Damn, even in my own family). I see others saying that God is punishing Japan as he punished New Orleans and Haiti. (Oh please). Now Franklin Graham pointing to the end of the world. I wonder how many “ending the world” I’ve lived through?

    Meanwhile, I appreciate this explanation from faith writer Bill Tammeus: “Look, folks. Stuff happens. Plates in the earth shift, causing earthquakes, which in turn cause tsunamis. Period. If you want to look for God in all this, look among the rescuers, the people providing comfort and aid, the ones holding the country’s hand as it weeps and mourns.”

    • “If you want to look for God in all this, look among the rescuers, the people providing comfort and aid, the ones holding the country’s hand as it weeps and mourns.”

      Very, very well said …

      If all of these people ranting and raving over the end of the world would put half that much effort into doing something USEFUL, the world would be a better place.

      As an Evangelical, I can’t tell you how much time I spend embarrassed at how my fellows think God wants us to act. Kicking Haitians, Japanese, Louisianans, etc. when they need help doesn’t strike me as the right answer to “What would Jesus do?”, you know?

      • as a non-religious person, i have to wonder whatever happened to judge not lest ye be judged? isn’t that in the bible? not only are they judging people they never met, but they’re judging g-d, too. now, i spend my day judging others, but i’m not religious and never claimed to be, so i’m allowed!

        • Good point … my embarrassment is as a member of the broader group, but to a certain extent, my reaction is boiled down to being as a human being with a heart.

          There is one of those atheist lines that makes a lot of sense … good people will be good with or without religion. Evil people will be evil with or without religion. But it takes religion to make good people act evil. Not totally true, but more true than I might like.

          You wouldn’t believe the convolutions that I’ve heard people go through to explain why “judge not” doesn’t apply to them.

          • wken, you have no reason whatsoever to be embarrassed. you’re a decent person with an open and fair mind. you’re a better person than i am (not that that’s saying much).

            i don’t believe that religion makes good people act evil. i do believe that evil people use religion as a tool. religion allows them to masquerade as good people to those who are under the spell of religion and who view it as something to fear rather than as a guide for how to live your life in a righteous manner.

    • i love that quote, afa. thanks so much for bringing it to our attention.

  6. My grandmother taught me at a young age not to worry about the world ending. When the world ends, we’ll all be dead.

  7. I have nothing to say, so I’ll play this song instead.

  8. Thanks for finding that for me! The bad news. it won’t play, says it has UMG or some kind of block. Won’t connect to Utube either. At least you tried and I appreciate that.

  9. Karen

    Franklin Graham’s Warning !

    Franklin Graham’s warning of coming persecution of Christians echoes what his mother Ruth and father Billy have clearly stated. Re Ruth, see search engines including Google for “Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham.” To see Billy’s words about the worldwide increase in house churches, Google “Famous Rapture Watchers – Addendum.”
    Since Franklin blamed the Obama administration for his own National Day of Prayer snub and persecution, and since he accused “Christian” Barack Hussein Obama of “giving Islam a pass,” readers can get some rare insights into Obama and his fellow travelers by Googling and Yahooing “Obama Fulfilling the Bible,” “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Prof. F. N. Lee’s ISLAM IN THE BIBLE (PDF),” “Mikey Weinstein, Jesus-Basher,” and “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman.”
    For a rare look at the 181-year-old endtime belief which has long neutralized millions of American patriots by promising them an “imminent rapture” off earth – which has diverted them away from being prepared to stand against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign – Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” and “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts” – all by the author of the bestselling nonfiction book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate documentation on the pretrib rapture’s long hidden but recently uncovered birth in Britain in 1830 – see Armageddon Books). Also Google “Stamping Out Harold Camping.”

  10. The title cracked me up, and I couldn’t agree more. Didn’t the Bible say something like there will be many false prophets appearing in the 2nd coming of Christ. Not that I go with all these religious fanatics – just that I think things like these should be kept according to the people’s own judgement. There really is no need to announce the “end of the world” – or else everyone will just think that he’s doing this just for the FAME of it. Haha! Very funny.

    • hello janet,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      the ‘end of the world’ pronouncements always remind me of the store announcements that they’ll be closing in 15 minutes, so get your purchases to the register. it’s the same with televangelists–the world is ending, so send all your money to us. i can’t believe there are still people who fall for that crap.