Anti-LGBT+ preacher Franklin Graham actually said the words ‘science isn’t truth, God is’
Anti-LGBT+ preacher Franklin Graham has said “science isn’t truth, God is” in a bizarre attack on leading US government scientist Dr Anthony Fauci.
Graham, who has neither scientific qualifications nor medical training, lashed out at Fauci after he dared to criticise anti-scientific bias.
“This week Dr. Anthony Fauci made the statement that ‘science is truth,'” Graham wrote in a Facebook post.
“Really? I would beg to differ.”
He went on to claim that science is the “quest for truth” and is “certainly fallible” – but was quick to say he is “not against science”.
Franklin Graham insisted that God created man and woman in his bizarre anti-science tirade.
Then, in an effort to “prove” his assertion that science is fallible, Graham wrote: “Man did not evolve from apes or tadpoles as many scientists say. That’s just not true – God created man and woman as the Bible says.”
Graham then seemingly accepted that America has an “anti-science bias”, and suggested that this is because people don’t know if they can trust scientists.
To prove his point, he referenced early mixed messaging around the wearing of face masks in public.
Man did not evolve from apes or tadpoles as many scientists say. That’s just not true – God created man and woman as the Bible says.
“That’s not a good step toward building trust,” he said.
And then came the crowning glory in Graham’s bizarre rant.
“Science isn’t truth, God is,” he wrote. And, to back up his claim, Graham referenced a quote attributed to Jesus in the Bible in which he identified himself as “the truth”.
Dr Anthony Fauci has criticised anti-scientific bias in the United States.
Graham’s comments come after Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke about anti-science views that are proliferating in America.
Speaking on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ “Learning Curve” podcast, Fauci said some people “don’t believe science” for “inconceivable and not understandable” reasons.
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“So when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who’s talking about science, that there are some people who just don’t believe that – and that’s unfortunate because, you know, science is truth,” he said.
Graham’s latest comments come just months after his charity set up a makeshift hospital in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he promptly faced backlash when it emerged that the charity was making volunteers sign a pledge opposing same-sex marriage and agreeing that LGBT+ people face “eternal damnation”.
Despite this, he has insisted that he is not homophobic.