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Rev. Franklin Graham Praises Putin for Stance Against Homosexuality.


Image: Rev. Franklin Graham Praises Putin for Stance Against Homosexuality(AP)

By Todd Beamon

The Rev. Franklin Graham has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his stance against homosexuality and slammed President Barack Obama’s “shameful” embrace of gay rights.

“To be clear, I am not endorsing President Putin,” Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in the March issue of Decision magazine.

The magazine in published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, based in Charlotte, N.C. Franklin Graham is the association’s president and CEO.

“To survive in the KGB and rise to power in Russia, you have to be tough,” Graham said of Putin. “His enemies say he is ruthless. To some, he is a modern version of a czar. His personal life has its own controversies.

“Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue — protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda — Russia’s standard is higher than our own?

“Putin is right on these issues,” Graham continued. “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”

Last year, Putin banned the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors,” Graham said. The restriction was highlighted by the Russian president’s critics leading up to the Winter Games in Sochi last month.

“American media and liberal activists were outraged that the Olympics would be allowed in such an ‘intolerant’ culture,” Graham said. “Even though Putin said that gays and lesbians would be allowed at the Olympics, the fact that he took a stand — simply to protect children — ignited a worldwide cultural firestorm.

“He further explained the law by saying, ‘We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia,’ ” Graham said.

The evangelist called the American response to Putin’s crackdown “sadly predictable,” noting that President Obama sent gay and lesbian athletes to Sochi. He also mentioned Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last month that his office would push forrecognition of same-sex marriage in all 50 states — “even in the 33 states that outlaw those marriages.”

Graham then charged Obama and Holder with having “turned their backs on God and his standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful.

“The world used to look to America for moral leadership,” Graham said. “But those days are long gone.”

He said that the United States has “abdicated our moral leadership” — at home and abroad.

“We defeated Communism, only to relax and see secularism and progressives take over our country,” Graham said. “Secularism is as godless as communism. Secularists and progressives have taken over our schools, media, and local and federal government. And it has all happened in the twinkling of an eye.”

He ended by quoting portions of Matthew 25:34 from the New Testament.

“But the Bible makes it clear that one day, ‘all nations will be gathered before [God]’ for judgment, and that ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,'” Graham wrote.
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Merkel Shrugs Aside New Book on Communist-Era Past.


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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel has shrugged aside a new book that suggests she may have been closer to East Germany’s communist system than previously thought, saying she’s never hidden anything.

The 58-year-old Merkel grew up in East Germany and entered politics as communism crumbled in 1989.

It has long been known that, like many people, she joined the communist youth organization, and she has said in the past that “politically I lived an assimilated life. If I had always said what I thought, then my life would have been very different.”

A book being published this week revives questions about whether Merkel was a propaganda secretary for the youth organization, which she has denied. The book also says she was an active labor union official. At that time, there were only state-approved unions in East Germany.

“What is important to me is that I have never hidden anything,” Merkel said late Sunday after attending the screening of an old East German film in Berlin.

“I can only rely on my memory,” she said. If other things emerge, “one can live with that too,” she said.

“Perhaps I have not talked about other things because no one has ever asked me about them,” Merkel said. She cited her membership of East Germany’s union organization as an example, news agency dpa reported.

Merkel — the daughter of a Protestant pastor who moved his family from West Germany to the East in the 1950s — has said that she joined the Free German Youth, the communist youth organization, largely for social reasons.

The latest in a long line of books about Merkel is titled “The First Life of Angela M.” It was written by two German journalists, Guenther Lachmann and Ralf Georg Reuth. So far, it has generated no real political controversy, although it comes as the popular chancellor prepares to seek a third term in September elections.

Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Monday that the chancellor has over the years answered questions about her communist-era past “always openly and always on the basis of her honest memory . . . that stands for itself.”

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Why do evangelical Christians like Romney? Why do civil libertarians like Obama? Who you gonna believe?.


Most of us assume that our vote for our chosen candidate accurately–or at least tolerably–represents our beliefs. In truth, though, our politics frequently violate the coherence of our beliefs. This was vividly impressed upon me six years ago, when, with a friend, I stumbled into a minor international incident while working in Vietnam with a fellow journalist.

Our crime was interviewing a dissident Vietnamese artist without first getting permission from the Vietnamese authorities. As it happens, my journalist friend and I both have fathers with a profound connection to the Vietnam War. My friend’s father wound up moving to Canada to avoid the draft. When he returned to the States after the war, he was prosecuted for draft dodging. He defended himself before the Illinois Supreme Court and won, a decision that later became the cornerstone of President Carter’s blanket pardon of American draft resisters. My father, conversely, was a Marine Corps lieutenant and combat veteran who nearly died of the wounds he received in a tiny hamlet called Tuy Phoc. So we have one father who so opposed his nation’s involvement in Vietnam he felt sympathy for the soldiers and guerrillas killing his fellow Americans, and another so convinced by his nation’s inherent moral rightness that he put his life on the line to stop the spread of Communism.

How do you think these two men would have reacted upon learning that their sons had been detained and threatened by agents of a Communist regime that stands as a living reminder of the war that had so affected their lives? One of our fathers said: “Those dirty Commies! How dare they touch my son!” Another said: “Well, son, it is their country, which means you have to abide by their rules and laws.” If our politics were truly related to our beliefs, my father would have been the one to complain about dirty Commies. But he wasn’t. Why? Because our politics don’t necessarily have anything to do with our beliefs. Politics, and presidential politics particularly, are instead dictated by nodes of sympathetic inclination.

Nothing else can explain the bizarre and historically unprecedented phenomenon of evangelical Christian voters willing to support a candidate whose religious beliefs are a product of one of the most successful, and recent, heresies to emerge from within Christianity. Conservative Christian “values voters” are supposed to be citizens for whom religious faith is an unbreakable ballast, the moral line that shall never be crossed. How, then, can they in good conscience vote for Mitt Romneywhose church rejects two thousand years of orthodox Christian thought?

Barack Obama, meanwhile, despite the Right’s relentless caricature of him as a secular Islamist Marxist racist and foreign-born Chicago community organizer, took a grave step beyond the previous administration’s extrajudicial war on terror policies. For the first time in American history, an American president sanctioned the assassination of American citizens merely suspected of terrorism. How can this policy not horrify and trouble self-described liberals? How can it not shatter their trust in President Obama? If George W. Bush had signed off on such an assassination program, there would have been talk of war crimes, impeachment, and constitutional degradation. There has been some such talk on the Left, to be sure, just as some conservative Christians are troubled by Romney’s faith, but not nearly as much or as many as one would think.

A smartly run presidential campaign is of course aware that much of the communication that goes on between candidates and voters occurs at a nodal, almost subliminal level. The so-called messaging emerging from the Obama campaign for the last six months has along these lines: getting better, tough out there, responsible, steady, schools = good, tax the rich, middle class middle class middle class, and hang in there, America. For a man the Tea Party Express calls “the candidate of Al-Qaeda,” it’s a surprisingly staid message. The Obama campaign has so far studiously avoided trafficking in the language of disenfranchisement and identity politics once common among Democrats, and which has historically been about as appealing to the average American voter as Norwegian death metal.

The Romney campaign, on the other hand, has been transmitting its own array of messages: no more weakness, no taxes, no gays, no illegals, no apologies, business = good, angry angry angry, and Bible time all the time. This is not a notably heart-warming message, and it sounds eerily similar to the speech the Big Lebowski shouts at the Dude as he throws him out of his office. Obviously, both the Democrats and Republicans have unhinged charlatan fringes, but this campaign, for the first time in my adult life, puts forth a Democratic Party confident enough to stand as the bearer of status-quo responsibility and a Republican Party convinced that up-against-the-wall cultural radicalism presents the clearest path to victory.

A large part of me, I admit, finds this turn of events somewhat strange and discomforting. I came of age inclined toward the Left precisely because it was not the status quo. But once you develop a node of sympathetic inclination, it proves shockingly difficult to turn away. For instance, this websiterecently informed me, to my utter shock, that the candidate to whom I’m most ideologically similar is the Green Party’s Jill Stein, even though I have never voted Green and cannot even contemplate the possibility of voting Green. Why not? Well, they’re pretty clearly a bunch of dirty Commies.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

Tom Bissell

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