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Why share this here?  I believe it is very important to know what directives Graham  will be giving because it is clear that today's GOP politics and voting base depends heavily on the Evangelical teachings.

A new movie called The Cross will be included in the broadcast.  Here's the official trailer.  Click this link if the video below isn't working for you.

Billy Graham's 'Last Crusade' Kicks Off This Week

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the world-renowned evangelist, told Newsmax TV that the event will be his father's "last call."

"It is a tremendous film. It'll be his last call. It's called My Hope America. My father has hope. Ever since he was 16 years of age he's had hope and that's because at 16 he gave his life to Christ," said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Over 25,000 churches are signed up to participate in the 30-minute broadcast event, which culminates a ministry that has traveled the globe for decades as Graham, who turns 95 years old on the first day of the Nov. 7-10 event, shared the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the world.

You can find TV listing for your area here.

I wonder if Graham will address the split that is emerging in the Evangelical community similar to the split in the GOP?

“Tea Party Kills Billy Graham” — A True Headline You Won’t be Reading

The biggest casualty of the Tea Party takeover of the GOP is not the Republican brand but the evangelical Billy Graham style brand.

Issues like poverty relief, human trafficking and the environment have begun to supplant abortion and stopping gay marriage as what the younger evangelical set care about.

Now, to the degree that the Tea Party and the evangelical brand are conflated in the public mind, the evangelical movement has just taken a potentially fatal body blow.

What will live on is not the Billy Graham legacy of good humored albeit strict fundamentalist frontier-style 19th century revivalism, but the mean side of 21st century evangelical faith typified by Franklin’s off-the-wall attacks on President Obama, and his Tea Party-style lies and rants.

It is my personal prayer that the youth will return to the true teachings of Christianity, the greatest of which is LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  It sounds like there is hope.

It is a sad legacy that Billy Graham's son is far to the right of Jesus' message.  This article was published way back in November, 2012.  

Franklin Graham's prescient words have huge resonance today, after the GOP shutdown the government, which threatened to take the economy of the US and the world to the brink of economic disaster.  

Do Franklin's 2012 words help explain the GOP shutdown?

Franklin Graham: God May Have to Cause "A Complete Economic Collapse" to Save Nation From Obama

As Graham denounced the Obama years, Newsmax's Kathleen Walter asked, "So we've become too secular a nation? How do we bring God back into government?" Graham replied:

Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees—to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.

Economic calamity was the one option Graham mentioned—as if only such a disaster could move the United States in the right direction.

Despite his harsh feelings concerning Obama's leadership, Graham said God commands him and Christians to "pray for those in authority." Consequently, he said, "I would encourage everyone to pray for the president…We need to bathe him prayer"—presumably, before the final (economic) days come.

I respectfully ask that the comment thread not devolve into an argument between believers and non-believers.

The issue at hand is much larger that personal beliefs.  It is a fact that radical Evangelicals and Catholics have joined forces.

The future of our democracy and the directions taken to avoid a Theocratic takeover is the issue at hand.  The marriage between the Koch Cabal billions and the Evangelical community have joined forces.

It is these forces that will try to elect a President in 2014.

What is true is the split between people of all beliefs that are fighting for a fair, socially responsible America and people who want a theocratically dominated America.

Will the tolerant win over the intolerant?

Can we discuss this instead thread jacking with attacks anyone's beliefs please?

Will Graham's message have an impact?  

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  •  Throughout history intolerance has won out (6+ / 0-)

    many times. It can happen again. It can always happen.

    It would be naive to believe that tolerance will win in the end. There is no end, not until the human race is ended.

    The only answer to intolerance is 1) education and 2) communication. And let's face it, we've let our educational system decline precipitously, and too often we communicate only within our own sphere.

    I went to a Billy Graham rally when I was ten or so. He seemed okay, but I didn't feel moved to join him on stage. That was long before I learned he was an anti-semite and a suck-up to power. Franklin is an outright monster. My hopes for them involve justice and suffering.

    Educate. Communicate. That's all I have to say.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UID: 8519

    by Bob Love on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 08:43:03 AM PST

  •  pretty sure that video is old (1+ / 0-)
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    Graham looks pretty good for a guy of 95, my guess is he is pretty feeble and they are using a 10 year old video.
    I doubt it will be very political, the world is changing and religion is never going to be as important  as it once was. They are afraid of losing their followers and money.

  •  The money quote from the above (7+ / 0-)

    What will live on is not the Billy Graham legacy of good humored albeit strict fundamentalist frontier-style 19th century revivalism, but the mean side of 21st century evangelical faith typified by Franklin’s off-the-wall attacks on President Obama, and his Tea Party-style lies and rants.

    Absofrigginloutely.

    BG was the best of his breed. FG is as phoney as Marjoe Gortner and a whole lot meaner.

  •  unless Billy decides to (6+ / 0-)

    wake up and denounce Franklin as the hate-filled charlatan that he his, nothing will happen.
    Franklin's been running that show for years, anyway.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 08:54:03 AM PST

  •  Thanks for the news and the request (8+ / 0-)

    I'm a liberal Christian who finds smart atheist versus dumb Christian arguments tiresome.  The request was quite apropos.

    Graham has accomplished much, but right now we cannot be sure how much of what he does officially is him or his wastrel son talking.  Like the endorsement for the anti-gay marriage referendum bill in North Carolina - was that him, or Franklin?  Nobody can say for sure.  He previously tried to ba a unifying force in the evangelical community but Franklin has gone full-tilt teabagger to advance himself.  

    I've participated in message boards with religious themes for years and one of the most amusing things to me is when right wingers say, "You have to accept rule by us, or else you will be ruled by radical Mooslems."  This comes up surprisingly often.  From their worldview that's a rational position.  Not from mine.  Theocratic Christianity is a mockery of Christ so by any reasonable measure rule by theocratic Muslims is preferable for reason alone that to achieve it they would have had to defeat those who exploit christ for their own power and control.  

  •  My teetotaling Babtist relatives (4+ / 0-)

    sent us a subscription to Billy Graham's magazine for years, which I don't remember anyone in my household ever reading.

    Billy Graham was a public ally and private advisor to Nixon in the 60's and 70's, although he said fairly recently he regrets being so involved in politics.

    His son apparently has no such qualms.

    •  He Also... (6+ / 0-)

      ...was refusing to preach to segregated audiences as early as the 1950's and supported intergration.  He may not have a perfect past (who does?) but there is considerable daylight between him and Franklin who is practically treating his father like a scene from "Weekend At Bernie's" in order to advance his own agenda and bigotry.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:43:05 AM PST

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  •  There is a civil war brewing in America. (5+ / 0-)

    I hate hyperbole, but it's important that we recognize the facts of life.
    The tea party and the religious right are identical, and they're bound and determined to use whatever means necessary to exert their will on everyone else.

    The most important thing we must do is recognize this and defang them sooner rather than later politically.

    It's really the reason I'm engaged in politics.

    This is critical to every issue we're dealing with, women's rights, gay rights, public education, progress on science, climate change, scaling back the MIC, reforming Wall Street, health care, etc.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:22:15 AM PST

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      The intolerant are heavily armed, brain-washed, and fed fear in the pulpits.  

      The end justifies the means is a credo.

      or perhaps better stated

      The end justifies the meanness.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:27:37 AM PST

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    •  The Tea Party is an astroturf (2+ / 0-)
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      production of the 1% created by pouring millions of dollars into it. The christian right are hardcore religious zealots. while there is some overlap they are different in purpose and power.

      •  And who did the Kochs appeal to (4+ / 0-)

        to form the Tea Party?  The Dominionists and Evangelicals

        Sorry, I can't let your comment go unchallenged.

        That said, the GOP was taken over by the Christian Right Wing.

        You might want to read this

        The Despoiling of America

        and this

        History of the GOP Takeover

        It's all connected to the Koch Cabal money as well.  This Muckety Map will lead you to the connections

        Also, this map

        David Koch, Ralph Reed, & Christian Coalition

        and this one.  Donors Trust is a major Koch money funnel

        Christian Freedom International

        And why was Marshall Whitman on the Democratic Leadership Council?

        Marshall Wittman - Dem:Christian Coalition Connection

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:06:16 AM PST

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      •  The Tea Party (3+ / 0-)
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        was astroturfed indeed, but has taken on a lie of it's own (and probably most are aligned pretty strongly with the Culture Warriors).

      •  At the end of the Bush admin. the only diehard (1+ / 0-)
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        Bushies left were the religious right.
        That was the group that needed "re-branding" after the election. They very quickly jumped onto the otherwise tiny "tea party" movement that already existed in order to oppose Obama, both on health care reform as well as the nomination of SCOTUS justices and other judiciary appointees.
        You are right about the "astroturf" nature of the tea party, and the backing of the Kochs, et al, but the individuals engaged in opposing Obama on everything are mostly religious righties.
        Bob McDonnell was the first prototype of the new "rebranded" "fiscal conservative" pol who was in fact already an extreme fundamentalist social conservative.
        When the tea party took over in 2010 in various states, the very first thing they did, and in which they have persisted, was to enact laws restricting reproductive rights, in one way or another. The other top item for them is the destruction of the public school system and it's secular requirements, and it's teaching of evolution and rejecting of creationism.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:19:34 AM PST

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    •  Actually, I want to rephrase this (3+ / 0-)
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      The Evangelicals, and especially the Dominionists who are from many sects, have been primed for an insurgency of sorts.  There is lots of twitter talk that sounds like "we are coming and we are armed"

      Civil War is a big stretch.

      There is also a lot of discontent from all corners that could ignite in increased civil disobedience.

      It's the armed and militant right wingers that are a big concern to me.  The lone wolf.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:18:23 AM PST

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      •  "Civil War" was a big stretch in 1845, too. (1+ / 0-)
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        I agree with your comment. My point is that if we do not realize where our trajectory is going, and stay focused to avoid it, it will end in a civil war.
        My prescription is to defeat them sooner rather than later politically, while we still can. Then we will still be faced with the lone wolf, the stochastic terrorism, etc. but it won't pose a threat to our democracy.
        As for civil disobedience, I'd say, "go for it". Regardless of what I think of their cause, if someone feels strongly enough to commit civil disobedience, then I wouldn't want to suppress that.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:28:08 AM PST

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  •  The question isn't about being a believer or not, (2+ / 0-)
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    it's that protestants don't have an excommunication mechanism. Anti-Christian Christians, preaching war, race-hate, violence- around since the 1830's, wrestle the brand away from mainstream Christians, leaving the US morally rudderless. Dr. King was never replaced and he was the last of what was once a large mainstream progressive church movement.

    •  Spare us the "No true (0+ / 0-)

      scotsman Christian" harangue , please, history continues to say otherwise.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:56:35 PM PST

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  •  Billy Graham is Not The Problem (5+ / 0-)

    Franklin Graham is.  His shameless exploitation of his aged farther to further his own political agenda is beyond reprehensible.  Honor they father and thy mother?  

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:36:45 AM PST

  •  creep (1+ / 0-)

    H's an unrepentant anti-semite raised in a culture of 'ol' boy' racism and undue deference to authority, and if there was any justice he and his kid would be suffering instead of gloating.
    Watched his self-aggrandizing mercenary career for decades and he hated my kind when I had long hair, and he hates my kind now.
    What a creep.

    I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

    by old mule on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:43:17 AM PST

  •  too bad it's not Franklin who's retiring. (2+ / 0-)

    I'm not a huge fan of Billy Graham, but at least he did do some good in the world now and then.

    His hateful son, however, not so much.  

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:57:11 AM PST

  •  if you're intolerant of the intolerant (1+ / 0-)
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    does that make you intolerant too?

    It's a word that goes in circles.

    Me, I prefer to be intolerant of ignorance.

    www.tapestryofbronze.com

    by chloris creator on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:08:29 AM PST

  •  Good luck trying to elect a POTUS next year (0+ / 0-)

    The presidential election is not until 2016.  

  •  It is too bad Graham's world is so patriarchal (0+ / 0-)

    Two of his daughters-Anne and Ruth-seem to be carrying on his tradition a lot more than Franklin did but Franklin was left the ministry because he's the oldest male. His oldest daughter's son Tullian Tchividjian is the minister of the Coral  Ridge Presbyterian Church and survived a right wing attempted coup in the church when he tried to move the church away from right wing politics.   Billy Graham integrated his revivals and bailed Martin Luther King out of jail. Can anyone imagine Franklin doing anything of the kind?

    "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

    by Leftovers on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:07:55 PM PST

  •  Tolerance lost that battle back around 700CE (0+ / 0-)
    Will the tolerant win over the intolerant?

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:46:44 PM PST

  •  It is soooo good to see him go. Long an (0+ / 0-)

    unofficial member or the government, through many administrations, he shoulders a lot of the blame for the quasi-merger of church and state that has been churning ahead since the fifties. Good riddance, Bill.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 01:12:18 PM PST

  •  WTF? (1+ / 0-)
    "So we've become too secular a nation? How do we bring God back into government?"
    BACK into government?

    Does not the Constitution specifically forbid mixing God up in the governance of he country?  Did not both Jefferson AND Adams specifically state that "Christianity is not and has never been a part of the common law"?  Does the "wall of separation between Church and State" not ring even the faintest of bells?

    And yet these are the people who carry around pocket copies of the Constitution.  Maybe instead of using them to fan themselves when they have an attack of the vapors they should actually READ THE FUCKING THING!

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 01:27:39 PM PST

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