I know what Franklin Graham means to say in this Tweet he made yesterday, but it’s still important to point out the implications of his statement, because it goes to the heart of what’s wrong with his brand of faith:
Sure, he’s referring to the dozens of passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 who were known to be members of a particular Christian denomination. He’s thankful because he believes they’re in Heaven now.
But the flip side of that statement — the thing that even he knows not to say out loud in a time of tragedy — is that everyone else on that flight, in his opinion, is now burning in Hell for all of eternity because they didn’t worship the same God as him.
Millions of Christians feel the same way. It’s a deplorable way to think about anybody, much less people you’ve never even met.
And it’s perfectly acceptable in the name of religion.
(via Christian Nightmares)