Franklin Graham Speaks Out on Obeying Cops

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Recently the Reverend Franklin Graham posted this on his public Facebook page:

“Listen up–Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It’s as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY. Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you. Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority ‘because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.’”

With all due respect, Mr. Graham, and you have earned my respect, that is pretty easy for you to say from the safety of your celebrity ivory tower status.

You are known across the entire civilized world.

You have never experienced what us common Americans experience from the cops every day.

Until the police state under this dictatorship gets much, much worse, you never will.

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You may get pulled over for the occasional traffic stop, but you will never get brutally beaten to death like Kelly Thomas.

You will never have someone stride into your living room, say “I don’t have time for this”, and shoot you in the chest and kill you while you are restrained between two other cops like Keith Vidal.

You will never be put in handcuffs and tazed until you are braindead like Danielle Maudsley.

You will never be trapped in a bathroom and have a gun emptied into you like Donald Kaldrick.

You will never be subjected to actual cavity searches on a public highway like Angel Dobbs, Brandy Hamilton, and Alexandria Randle.

You will never have your dog’s head blown off with a shotgun and have to listen to a cop say “Did you see the way its collar flew up into the air when I blew its head off? That was awesome!” like Sarah Brown did.

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  • Paul Cote

    Man of God or complete dumb ass? You decide.

  • Glenn Munkelwitz

    IN JESUS TIME HE WAS CONSIDERED A DISSIDENT dis-si-dent (noun) a person who opposes official policy especially that of an authoritarian state. LET YOUR BRAIN SUCK ON THAT PREACHER MAN

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  • mark

    you obey the cops cause i refuse to. when did they become is this obey shit oh yeah obombya…??

    • bobby

      Are you really that stupid?

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  • Paul Legrand

    Mr. Graham, go fuck yourself, fuck your pathetic excuse of allegiance, fuck your police forces and fuck all your D.C. “leadership”.

    • Li Tempo

      Graham is dead wrong, but your insults will not win any debate or c0nvince the the fencesitters.

      • De Logik

        Not every utterance is a debate or meant to convince others of anything 🙂

      • Paul Legrand

        Im not here to convince anyone of anything or win a debate. I don’t debate.

  • Paul Legrand

    quit being a cunt

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  • steve

    U don’t have a clue Mr.Graham,u must be a dummie,I wish more people carried guns to help people in need,,,

  • Earl Tower

    Ah, I’m sure he would have given the same advice to the Jews when the Gestapo came for them. I mean, the National Socialist were the elected government of Germany in 1932…

  • Li Tempo

    “Only in a police state is police work easy.” — Charlton Heston as “Det. Vargas” in Orson Welles’ TOUCH OF EVIL (1958)

  • Chris Clark

    *go to the very bottom to get my opinion in a nutshell*
    much of the people in part 3 were protesters, not just random people (many were let go soon afterwards too). if you go online and search up the report on the St. Paul mass arrest, you will find more information about the issue.

    This message of deliberately opposing the cops is quite extreme and the reasons you present here are very shocking, emotional, rare, and occur on a small scale (few people are involved in each incident). Tragic incidents like this can happen between any two people too (there is a common issue of misunderstanding, lack of self-control, and a high level of protection for one party in the cases you presented, issues not confined only to the police). This message should be directed towards all people, not just the police.

    Most cops out on our streets do respect citizens rights and will not allow simple problems to escalate to the levels that they do in this video (here is an example:, this in-country checkpoint is just a measure to help lower the illegal immigration issue). When they don’t respect rights, it is a problem. However, it is also a problem if we try our hardest to exercise our rights to their fullest extent. Both cases are extreme, hostile, unnecessary, and nearly always unhelpful to everybody.

    I am glad that you do point out some very terrible cases of police brutality, it is good to keep our system in check. There is a need for quality controls on what kind of person can be a cop and who gets to prosecute misbehaving cops. It’s just that you present it as a much larger problem than it really is.

    Don’t let cops be extreme and brutalize peaceful citizens, but at the same time don’t be extreme yourself and push the boundaries of what is accepted as peaceful (example: blocking traffic in a country where such an act will have a lot of negative effects on bystanders). I do believe there is a degree to which we should obey cops, and this includes identifying yourself, putting your hands up and maybe even laying on the ground. Nobody gets hurt in these cases and they aren’t cases worth getting angry over (if you do get angry, you are very sensitive). However, If a cop is forcing a strip search, doing an aggressive and offensive interrogation, and something of that degree, then we should work to kick out those cops from our police force.

    • Chris Clark

      I would also just like to say that it is unfair to not consider the vast amount of info that shows police responsibility/citizens provocative tendencies. It is also unfair to present witness accounts that are blatantly untrue (chapter 3 part 2), all for the sake of putting forth your own political agenda.

  • David Christie

    LMAO Stupid motherfucker. It’s a good thing the Founders of this country weren’t compliant groveling scum like this loser.

  • steve

    You listen up I hope u have watched the videos,,,and u changed ur mind,

  • Justin L

    what a fucking cunt this guy is, people need to learn to do the exact opposite. they need to stop obeying authority because authority is wrong. this man and his message is poison to humanity. ya just obey the people who threaten you with murder if you dont comply with their demands no matter how immoral cause they are sanctioned by the state. Fuck you Franklin Graham you authority worshipping piece of shit, you are everything that is wrong with the world, go kill yourself.

  • Robo

    Authority is retained by the people in this country when they’ve broken no law. If you’ve broken no law a cop has no authority over you.

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  • Carla Jo

    Based on some of the comments made here, I guess Chris Rock is a dumbass too.

  • Shemp

    did he just quote the bible? what a fucking douche bag. pass on the blame to the president, fuck you cops. he tried to grab my gun, putting me in fear for my life is one of the biggest murderous lies the cops tell when they know you don’t have a weapon and they want to kill you and get away with it.. so when a cop says just stand right there,..he means he doesn’t want a moving target. fuck you cops.

  • Jim Stone

    If you listen to what the cops says and obey what he says you won’t have any problems