Georgia Rep. Bobby Franklin Found Dead


I am retracting a post that I wrote earlier this afternoon before I learned that Georgia Representative Bobby Franklin has been found dead in his home today.  Although the subject was not inappropriate, it does not feel like a post that should be on a website on the day of his death.

Thank you.

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  • bj-survivor

    has the loving, good sense to show basic human respect. Thank you for that. There is far too little kindness shown in the world and especially on the Internet.

     

    If there is a next life, may Rep. Franklin discover and thrive in communion, love, and joy.

  • beenthere72

    Wow, I thought this was a joke when I first saw the headline. 

    The people that knew him have only wonderful things to say about him.  Why was he such an insane legislator then?  

    I hope other RWNJ’s are reading the comments and thinking that when they go, they don’t want to be remembered, or spoke of, that way.

  • crowepps

    Why was he such an insane legislator then?  

    Most people in America see the role of legislator as a person who is elected to represent us and to pass laws that maintain the delicate balancing act between protecting people and safeguarding their freedoms. 

    Rep. Franklin saw the role of legislator as a person who is elevated to his position by God and so authorized to tell other people, especially women, how to be ‘good’ and to punish them for failing.

    It’s a common meme — see ‘Divine Right of Kings’ and ‘Inquisition’.

  • wgwinters

    Why are liberals so nasty and quick to characterize people they have never met? I knew Bobby Franklin, working side-by-side with him in business for more than three years. Sure – Bobby had beliefs that were not shared by everyone, but that is the nature of a free society (unlike one where liberals demand that we all think just like them). He never hid from his values or backtracked just to get votes. He was extremely pro-life and as a conservative Christian believed in the sanctity of life. He was not anti-woman; indeed he had a wife and daughters that he fiercely loved.

    He wore his beliefs openly and the people of his district elected him overwhelmingly year after year. So if he was so insane, are you saying the majority of folks in his affluent East Cobb district that elected him for 14 years were insane as well? No – he represented their views, at least according to the election results. Bobby was true to his principles, something you never see in a politician today, even to the peril of his own ambitions having fought the higher-ups in his own party for things he believed in. For instance, he NEVER voted for a tax increase; what other politician can say that?

    Again, people who did not know him want to characterize him by the fact he believed differently. Why can’t folks just accept other people are going to believe differently without feeling the need to belittle them and, in the process, belittle themselves. Bobby was a good Godly man who was willing to be ridiculed for his deep religious convictions. I believe heaven is little better that he is there and Georgia is a little worse off.  

  • ahunt

    Later, I will be happy to engage…for now I will say that “Bobby” was profoundly ignorant about biological matters pertaining to women, and many of us here found that fact troubling.

  • jennifer-starr

    Now I don’t want to be nitpicky, but while I have no doubt that he loved his kids as any father should, the facts were that he was divorced and living alone at the time of his death.  But yes, I think his views were quite insane. Much the same way that I found Jesse Helm’s views insane, and he kept being reelected as well.  

    I can accept that people are going to believe differently; that doesn’t mean  I have to respect or endorse those beliefs. 

     

    But yes,  I am sorry for his passing. 

  • freetobe

    “Why can’t folks just accept other people are going to believe differently without feeling the need to belittle them”

     

    We were all wondering the same about your kind you know the ones that want to control and restrict the personal lives of others?

  • colleen

    wgwinters is a troll and is anxious to elicit as many disparaging statements as possible about the deceased from people  who don’t believe that  State should be able to kill women who miscarry and/or live in a primitive and barbaric State where the law requires that rape and domestic violence victims  be called “accusers” .

     

  • jennifer-starr

    Oh yeah, definitely a troll–was reading one of WGWinters other responses on another website talking about Bobby Franklin and his views on pro-choice women. To say they’re hateful would be an understatement. The misogyny is strong with this one. 

  • wendy-banks

     

    Good riddance. He’ll never be able to vote for another sick-ass law again. I’m only sad that he felt the need to push his veiws on the woman of his state. Maybe he’ll come back in his next life as less of a woman-hating jerk.

  • princess-jourdan

    WGWinter, I respect the fact that you were friends and co-workers with Mr. Franklin and I’m sure he was a good person to you. However, the fact that your friend wanted to enact laws that would IMPRISON or EXECUTE women for having a spontaneous miscarriage–a biological function that is perfectly normal and which we women have NO CONTROL OVER–was something we women viewed as very scary. None of us want to think that we could suddenly lose our freedom or our lives just because our uteruses suddenly decide to empty themselves. That’s just Mother Nature at work and any man who would actually try to PUNISH a woman for something she has no control over is…well, insane.

  • elburto

    I love you for this Princess.

  • crowepps

    “Why are liberals so nasty and quick to characterize people they have never met?”

    is explained in the same paragraph:

    “He never hid from his values or backtracked just to get votes.”

    His public statements of his beliefs and the laws he proposed are what formed my opinion that he saw himself as a moral crusader.  You say YOURSELF that he saw himself as a moral crusader.  You just think that’s a good thing, and I disagree.

    “He was extremely pro-life and as a conservative Christian believed in the sanctity of life. He was not anti-woman; indeed he had a wife and daughters that he fiercely loved.”

    Sanctity of fetal life, sancity of male life, no problem at all withholding medical care from women (like the wife and daughters) who suffered pregnancy complications, and letting them die.  Women were apparently disposable.   Felt no contradiction between fiercely loving his wife and daughters and believing other women who reported rape, abuse or domestic violence were probably lying, that the assaults on them were probably their own fault, and so they should be labeled only “accusers” rather than victims.

    “He wore his beliefs openly and the people of his district elected him overwhelmingly year after year. So if he was so insane, are you saying the majority of folks in his affluent East Cobb district that elected him for 14 years were insane as well? No – he represented their views, at least according to the election results.”

    First, I never said he was insane.  I said he believed it was his Godly duty to force women to be moral and punish them if they were not.  Or don’t you understand that’s what “ProLife” is all about?  And second, it’s Georgia.  Apparently in Georgia you can consider women breeding stock that it’s okay to ‘put out of its misery’ if it isn’t fertile and still be considered rational.

    “Why can’t folks just accept other people are going to believe differently without feeling the need to belittle them and, in the process, belittle themselves.”

    Got me, I have no idea what Bobby was filled with so much contempt for women, or why he wanted them imprisoned for having miscarriages, or why he felt if they got pregnant they deserved to die, just as I have no idea why he felt it was appropriate to coddle the feelings of rapists or wifebeaters.  But he certainly found it impossible to accept women had a right to believe differently than he did, and was willing not just to belittle them but also to deny them medical care, leave them suffering abuse, force them to be pregnant even if it would kill them and throw them in jail for not ‘gestating correctly’. 

    “Bobby was a good Godly man who was willing to be ridiculed for his deep religious convictions. I believe heaven is little better that he is there and Georgia is a little worse off.”

    That’s a nice thought that’s really appropriate coming from a friend, and I really, truly sympathize with your loss.  I’m sure there are lots of men in Georgia who agreed with Bobby and you and who are also sorrowing.  The women of Georgia, however, go to bed a little safer tonight, because the Godly crusader who felt that God had given him politicial office so he would be in a position to force women to WANT pregnancy and motherhood, and that he was right to mandate punishments if they stubbornly refused their roles as ‘contented cows’, is now up in heaven having it explained to him that Judgment is the Lord’s, and Christ abolished human sacrifice.

     

    I do understand that he felt he was doing the ‘right thing’.  I understand you think he was doing the ‘right thing’.  I think both of you as men are so globally ignorant of how reproduction actually works in the real world that you can’t even begin to understand how totally wrong you both are.

  • beenthere72

    I said he was an insane legislator.  The legislation he came up with was *insane*.   I don’t care how Godly he was, we do not live in a Theocracy. 

     

    We don’t want you to think like us, we just want you to keep your Bibles out of our business, especially out of our uteri.  

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