This is exactly the kind of hypocrisy, judgementalism, and not-so-thinly veiled racism that drove me away from organized religion. Franklin Graham on Morning Joe, when ask whether or not he believes President Obama is a Christian, first says “I cannot answer that question for anybody,” then goes on to do just that about Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. From Think Progress:
So Mr. Graham is sure about the Christianity of Gingrich the serial adulterer, and Santorum, the man whose “values are so clear on moral issues,” never mind that his stance on those moral issues changed for political expedience, but the monogamous black guy with the funny name not so much. That guy might be a seekrit Mooslim:
“Islam sees him as a son of Islam because his father was a Muslim, his grandfather was a Muslim, great grandfather was a Mulsim and so under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees Barack Obama as a Muslim,” Graham said, before explaining that he could not rule out the possibility that Obama may secretly be Muslim. “I can’t say categorically [that Obama is not a Muslim] because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama,” he said.”
You might want to check with Osama bin Laden about that “free pass,” Rev.