Franklin Graham Compares Michelle Obama to Apocalyptic ‘Whore of Babylon’

Michelle Obama's InStyle cover.
Michelle Obama’s InStyle cover.

By Piper Blackmun

Several Evangelical Christians have openly speculated that President Barack Obama is the Antichrist, but preacher Franklin Graham’s criticism of first lady Michelle Obama has taken it to another level.

“If Obama is the Antichrist, then Michelle Obama must be the Whore of Babylon,” said Graham, son a famous minister Billy Graham, in an interview with the Conservative Chronicle.

The Whore of Babylon is a biblical figure associated with apocalyptic myths. Graham went on to say there were similarities between Michelle Obama and the Whore of Babylon.

“The bible says the Whore of Babylon sits on a scarlet beast. Michelle Obama rides in a limo called the Beast,” said Graham. “Also, the Whore wears scarlet and purple, colors that Michelle Obama wears.”

While Graham’s comments may be outlandish, they are on par with other disrespectful comments made by Republicans about the first lady.

According to the liberal website Addicting Info, “The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense,” a right-wing Facebook group recently asked its members to comment on a glamorous photo shoot the first lady conducted for InStyle magazine. Group members called Michelle Obama “a gorilla,” a “tranny” and much worse.

Group member Bill Yarbrough wrote: “The only way Michelle Obama will look good when she is walking out of the white house with her bags packed.”

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  1. ~ The Separation Of Church And Hate:

    There is a good reason why Church and State must always remain separate. Let’s get something straight, right from the start: A theocratic state is not a free state, and never will be. I’m sure it was never Jesus’ intention nor was it His will that anyone should be dominated in His name, the name of Christ. That is the will of men. To be accurate, the concept in itself is anti-Christian. You can only follow Christ by choice, not by legislation.

    It seems some people are more intent on casting stones at perceived sinners than propagating the love of Christ. ~ “Above all else, I command you love one another”. ~ This was the message that Jesus preached, and as far as I can see, the worth of a soul will only be measured as such. But I can assure you of one thing, when your time of judgment comes, you won’t be asked to recite scripture, but rather, if anything, the question will be: Did you get the message and live by it?

    For all of you people out there on the religious right, you should try to remember that looking for sins to condemn, and people to persecute in the name of God, is simply Satan’s way of keeping you from seeing what is good and praiseworthy. It’s Satan’s favorite means of deceit; getting people to hate and kill each other in the name of God and Christ Jesus. Twisting scripture to incite hatred and division.

    Understand this; that by doing so, you are defaming the name of Christ, associating Jesus with bigotry and hate. Jesus was never cursed with these feelings, these sins that you commit in His name. It’s widely agreed that He rose above it all, and to use His name for the justification of spreading contempt and hatred for anyone is true heresy. It isn’t Pro-Christ by any means, but clearly Anti-Christ.

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    ~ It doesn’t really seem to matter at this point if you believe in God and Christ or not. What we have are Anti-Christians, the antithesis of the persona Jesus, and they are attempting, through legislation, to declare America to be a theocratic state and nation, legitimizing discrimination under the false guise of “religious freedom”. If you’re not one of the “chosen” you’re fair game for persecution, oppression and abuse. It’s a perfect “us” and “them” scenario. If you express opposing views to the “Order” or you’re a non-believer, or in any way perceived as a “sinner”, they’ll be coming for you.

    ~ Anti-Christians ~ The scriptures flow as sweet as honey from their lips, seducing and robbing in the name of God. These are the ones Jesus spoke of that would come in the End Times and deceive many in His name. Anti-Christians: You will know them by their bigotry, their hatred, and their contempt for “others”.

  2. ~ The Christian Dilemma:

    The greatest threat to America, and indeed to the rest of world, at this point in history, comes from the staunch advocates of right wing ideology, and I must submit this warning to you: There is a grave problem with the right wing movement, in that; they seem to possess a distorted sense of entitlement. They’ve set themselves apart, and seem to think that their faith gives them the right to view the world from a platitude of conceit, through condescending eyes, and with a false sense of superiority. They actually believe themselves to be superior beings, with a manifest destiny and some strange notion that God is on their side. A people with a desire to conquer, under the false guise of Christianity, seeking to dominate in the name of Christ, their view of humanity being reduced to nothing more than a matter of “us” and “them”.

    What they fail to realize is; if the Christ you believe in leads you to view other humans as lesser beings, then you are a follower of the anti-Christ. The plain truth is; God doesn’t have a religion and God doesn’t discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that they‘re special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of “unconditional” love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in “us” and “them” is to divide humanity, not unite it.

    And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widow’s mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

    Even Jesus will not claim to be Christian, but will only proclaim the glory of the Father. And when He returns they will shout: “Here we are Lord!” And He will respond: “I never knew you”. They have forsaken the Word and have become prisoners of the Numbers.

    Those who have put themselves first will be last.

  3. Christian maturity is not noted by popularity, or heritage, obviously. As an international evangelist, I am embarrassed by the comments of Mr. Graham. They are not only inaccurate, mean-spirited and unloving, they are also ungodly.

    Jesus would never say such a thing. When He encountered the Samaritan woman at the water well who had been married fives times and was living in sin with another man, Jesus didn’t call her anything derogatory. Even when Mary, the woman believed to be a prostitute was at His feet, Jesus didn’t even think about calling her a such a name as Mr. Graham call Mrs. Obama – though the Pharisees.

    I have been a Christian for nearly 30 years and I can never remember a time when so much ungodliness was coming from the mouths and lives of so-called ministers of the gospel. It’s not only embarrassing to Christianity (and the name of Christ), it’s sad.

    It’s sad because such comments reflect the heart of Mr. Graham. And the reflection reveals that his heart is dark, hateful and unChristlike. It is easy to discern what his heart is like because the words from him mouth tell us. For Jesus Himself declares, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” The words of Mr. Graham (and so-called ministers like him who say such vile things) make plain that his heart is hateful.

    Such a heart cannot have a genuine concern for the well-being of the children of misfortune his organization (that I stopped supporting long ago) raises money for. Because people with a genuine for the well-being of others don’t such such hurtful and hateful things.

    I am very disappointed in Mr. Graham. He taints his father’s great name, and does the name of Jesus a great disservice.

  4. I thought the Commandment is, “Love thy neighbor or as thyself!” Being Christlike certainly is not popular with that crew. An exhorcist may help!

  5. Franklin Graham is an embarrassment to his father’s name, Franklin Graham is as much Christian as I am martian.

  6. I am appalled at Mr. Graham. I am not sure what Bible he is reading but it is certainly not the real one. The bible says don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought. Also it says if you have done it to the least of these you have done it into me. Mr. Graham you should be very careful what you say.

  7. It’s really sad when people are plaqued with hatred, self righteousness, racism and criticism and have the audacity to think they’re representatives of Christ Jesus…I am totally appalled at the amount of disrespect and contempt that has been shown by supposedly Christian Leaders towards President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama!!!!!

  8. How dare you Mr Graham to insult our president and wife, Michelle. They have done a lot of good in this country. And been gracious through all the years of negativity from your sort.

    I’m sick of your concocted, negative ideas. Keep them to yourself.

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