| "The link between politics and the pulpit has always been strong. And one no one has been a spiritual adviser to more presidents than the Reverend Billy Graham. Unfortunately, Billy Graham is a very old man and was unable to join us this Easter Sunday. Still, we thought it would be appropriate to have some politically connected religious figure on our show today, and since we had Graham on our mind anyway, we've invited his son Franklin. As well as being a prominent Islamophobe, Franklin is well know for introducing the theory that President Obama is a Muslim Apostate. I'm Christiane Amanpour, ABC News. Reverend Graham, thank you very much, indeed, for joining us." |
"Thank you, Christiane. You're right about one thing - My dad is a very old man. Sometimes it's like he's sticking around just so I won't be able to carry on his legacy."
"Reverend Graham, what's the idea that you most dearly associate with Easter?"
"Ham, Christiane, a big old Smithfield ham. But beyond that, it's the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for me."
"You have also said that we live in the time of the anti-Christ."
"Well sure, Christiane. I mean, he's in the White House right now as we speak. At least metaphorically. I suppose that since it is Easter, he could be making a token appearance in church."
"You have said that so many of these earth-shattering events that we're experiencing over the last few years, whether it's natural disasters, wars, or whatever it is, it's almost like the labor pains for the second coming."
"I would call that a no-brainer, Christiane. We're definitely in the latter days, whether that means a few months or few thousand years, I don't know. I guess a lot will depend on how the anti-Christ does in next years election."
"It's quite a leap you've made, Reverend Graham, from calling the president a Muslim Apostate to calling him the anti-Christ."
"Actually, the part about the anti-Christ is pure speculation on my part. It may be that that's only true metaphorically."
"You have traveled to Haiti with Sarah Palin."
"What about it?"
"Is she the kind of candidate you would like to see run for election? Would she be your candidate of choice?"
"Bwahahahaha... Good one, Christiane. We might be better off with the anti-Christ. Metaphorically, I mean."
"Well, there are people in right now. Would you support Mitt Romney, would you support..."
"I've met Mitt Romney. No question he is a... he's a very capable person. For a Mormon. Let's talk about Donald Trump. When I first saw that he was getting in, I thought, well, this has got to be a joke. But the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, you know? Maybe the guy's right."
"Are you crazy? He might be your candidate of choice?"
"Yes to both questions, Christiane. I don't agree with the philosophy that says you're better off with the devil you know than the devil you don't know. At least metaphorically."
"We've been talking to Franklin Graham, man of many metaphors. Reverend, thanks for joining us this Easter Sunday."
"Thank you, Christiane. Now if you'll excuse me, there's a big old Smithfield ham calling me home."
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