Rev. Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
Commenting on actor Johnny Depp's alleged "joke" about an actor assassinating President Donald Trump, Christian leader Franklin Graham said "Depp is one dark soul," and he prays that Depp will one day come to know "the Savior who died so that he could be saved from his sins."
On June 22 at a festival in England to screen his 2004 film The Libertine, Depp -- known for many of his popular films but especially the Pirates of the Caribeean series -- said of Trump: "I think he needs help, and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go. .... When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? It's just a question. I'm not insinuating anything.
"By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it. I want to clarify, I'm not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it's been awhile [since the last assassination]."
Actor Johnny Depp, 54, and actor/assassin John Wilkes Booth, who murdered President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
The last time an actor assassinated a U.S. president was when John Wilkes Booth, who supported the Confederacy, shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head on April 14, 1865.
In a June 23 Facebook post, Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said, "Johnny Depp is one dark soul. To even suggest the possibility of assassinating the president is absolutely wrong. Shame on him."
"But Jesus Christ died on the Cross for all dark souls—even mine," said Rev. Graham. "My prayer is that Johnny Depp will one day come to know the Savior who died so that he could be saved from his sins. Jesus Christ alone can change the human heart and bring us from darkness to light."
Graham continued, "Jesus said, 'Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' (John 8:12).
Following the public outcry over Depp's assassiantion remarks, the actor issued a marginal apology, stating, “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
Needless to say, the liberal Depp did not make "jokes" about an actor assassinating former President Barack Obama or Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.