Scarborough loses it, tells philanthropic and renowned Rev. Franklin Graham to ‘shut up’, calls him a ‘disgrace’

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In a stunningly crude rant Thursday, far-left MSNBC host Joe Scarborough disparaged renowned Christian evangelist and missionary Rev. Franklin Graham — whose charity Samaritan’s Purse has financed hundreds of humanitarian and relief efforts across the globe — as a “disgrace.”

Why? Because Graham had dared to use Twitter to highlight the most basic tenets of Christianity to the public. Responding to Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s claim at a town hall Monday night that “God does not have a political party,” the reverend took to Twitter on Wednesday to remind the 2020 contender that this fact doesn’t negate God’s “commandments, laws & standards.”


Nothing Graham had written was hateful or bigoted. It was just a simple rundown of the truth as outlined in the Bible.

Yet for this alleged atrocity — for reminding Buttigieg of the Bible’s teachings — Scarborough felt it necessary to tell the 66-year-old reverend to “shut up.”

“Oh shut up, just shut up Franklin Graham! You are a disgrace! You are a disgrace for normalizing Donald Trump’s behavior,” he said Thursday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

It’s unclear what President Donald Trump had to do with Graham’s Twitter posts …

“Here’s a man who along with so many people in my community, the Evangelical community, attacked Bill Clinton for his personal failing. They are now using their positions, these Evangelical leaders, they are now using their positions to gain political power and apologize for Donald Trump,” he added.

Again, it’s unclear what “political power” and Trump have to do with Graham’s Twitter posts …

“Now suddenly Franklin Graham’s talking about lifestyles and sinning and a guy who has gone through a very difficult personal journey to figure out who he really is. He’s criticizing them for that? It’s not a lifestyle choice,” Scarborough continued, referring to Buttigieg, who’s openly gay.

Not once in his tweets did the reverend even use the word “lifestyle.” He simply pointed out that, according to the truths outlined in the Bible, homosexuality is a sin that should not be “flaunted, praised or politicized,” and that “marriage is between a man & a woman.”

Listen to Scarborough’s stunning rant below:


The left-wing host’s anti-Christian rant somewhat mirrored the rude and disrespectful remarks that Buttigieg has repeatedly made about Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith.

Despite the VP having always treated the 2020 contender and South Bend mayor with the utmost respect — even when the two worked together during Pence’s tenure as the governor of Indiana — Buttigieg has felt it necessary to continually imply that the VP is a mean, homophobic bigot.

Last month he said about Pence that “it chills a lot of us, especially in the LGBTQ community, to see that somebody like that can be in that kind of position of power.” And speaking on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in February, he referred to the VP’s Christian beliefs as “fanatical.”


Pence has meanwhile continued to show him the proper respect due to any man or woman.

“I’ve known Mayor Pete for many years, we’ve worked very closely together when I was governor, and I considered him a friend. And he knows I don’t have a problem with him. I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way that I want to be treated,” he said to CNN’s Dana Bash earlier this month in response to Buttigieg’s attacks on his faith.

Instead of respecting the vice president’s beliefs, Bash then chose to push Buttigieg’s own anti-Christian talking points by asking, “Do you agree with him that it is God who made him gay?”

The Christian Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is an unnatural sin, so the answer to this question is clear. Why did Bash ask it then? Presumably to score political points against the VP.

“The truth of the matter is that all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine. And one of the beautiful things about America is that we have the freedom of religion. … Well, I think Pete’s quarrel is with the First Amendment.”



It’s clear that Pence — a devout Christian — just wants to be left alone and allowed to practice his faith freely. Graham, whose charity has been “recognized for its work helping victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine,” wants the same thing.

But because of the clear-cut anti-Christian bigotry of folks like Buttigieg and now Scarborough, who purport to be so-called new age Christians, it appears that just won’t be happening.

Just to be clear, Christianity isn’t a fad. It’s a core set of beliefs that have existed for millennia. Folks can either choose to abide by its principles like Graham and Pence, or they can choose to dismiss its principles like Buttigieg and Scarborough. Some would argue that what they ought to not do is dismiss its principles but then turn around and act as if they’re the better Christians nonetheless.



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