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Following Christmas, Franklin Graham Calls For Religious Division

Early Thursday morning, Graham said people need to come together and then followed by quoting a divisive Bible verse.

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham took two different positions on the same day Thursday, with a social media post preaching division after an earlier Fox & Friends interview in which he called for people to "to come together and not be divisive."

Graham's Facebook post quoted Luke 12:51-53, which says,

“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

The scripture was followed by Graham's statement that "Some people seem to think we need unity at all cost, but that’s just simply not the case."

The sentiment appears to contradict Graham's words earlier that morning while talking with Fox News hosts about President Donald Trump's faith, when he lamented the political dysfunction in Washington that blocks Trump's agenda:

"That's why I encourage people to pray ... that the hearts of the Democrats and Republicans would come together and work together for the good of all Americans, and not be divisive.