East Cobb Rep. Franklin's take on gays, gold, goats and God
by Jon Gillooly
February 07, 2011 12:00 AM | 31092 views | 73 73 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-east Cobb) motions during a recent interview. Franklin describes himself as a single man with three grown children, living in east Cobb and attending Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming. He was first elected to the Georgia House in 1996 to represent the 43rd District.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-east Cobb) motions during a recent interview. Franklin describes himself as a single man with three grown children, living in east Cobb and attending Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming. He was first elected to the Georgia House in 1996 to represent the 43rd District.
Staff/Laura Moon
EAST COBB - State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-east Cobb) says the state is in violation of the law for failing to conduct transactions in gold or silver.

"We take an oath to God to uphold the Constitution," said Franklin, who represents the areas where Kell and Lassiter high schools are. "And Article 1, Section 10 says in part, 'no states shall make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.' And right now we're not doing that. So the state of Georgia is breaking the law. All the states are. And how can we expect the people of this state to obey the laws we pass if we're not obeying the Constitution, if we're breaking the law?" Franklin said.

In response, Franklin has authored HB 3, the Constitutional Tender Act, which would require state transactions to be conducted in gold or silver.

Franklin has never been one to shy away from introducing headline-making legislation.

He has also weighed in on the subject of a president's qualifications in HB 37.

"Since the Constitution in Article 2, Section 1 does lay out who is qualified for the office of president and vice president and since there was controversy about our current White House occupant, I thought, well, let's stop controversy in the future and just makes sure our Secretary of State, before putting a name on the ballot whether it be for a presidential preference primary or the general election, that there's no question whatsoever that the person's qualification meets with what the Constitution requires," Franklin said.

On the subject of the President, Franklin said he opposes Obama's push to allow gays to serve in the military.

"The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said of homosexuality. "You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it's not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things. The church is full of sinners, but we're told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you've been washed, you've been justified and so forth. It's not what you were. You're not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."

The east Cobb lawmaker doesn't take kindly to county restrictions on what kind of animal you can have in your yard. So he introduced HB 2, which prevents local governments from interfering with a resident who wants to raise chickens, rabbits or goats.

"The whole concept is no level of state government should ever tell a person that they are prohibited from feeding their family," he said. "Chickens for the eggs and the meat, rabbits for the meat, goats for the milk and you can feed your family, but as you know, Cobb County in its Soviet style central planning, has deemed that you have to have two acres just to have a chicken."

A driver's license is another government mandate Franklin would do away with in HB 7. Franklin says since the right to travel was enshrined in the Magna Carta in England in 1215, "licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people because taking on the restrictions of a license require the surrender of an inalienable right."

Then there is his opposition to the government's ability to require vaccinations during a pandemic. He has therefore introduced HB 11, the Freedom from Compulsory Pandemic Act.

"That pretty much is a 'my body, my choice,'" Franklin said. "No one should be compelled to undergo invasive medical treatment against their will. If the state says we're vaccinating everyone for H1N1, you have no choice. So you could be receiving a toxic virus in your body that you might want to opt out of."

Speaking of "my body, my choice," a slogan widely used by the feminist movement, Franklin regularly introduces legislation that seeks to define abortion as murder. His HB 1 states that since Georgia was not a party to the suit in Roe v. Wade, it is not bound by that decision. The bill defines life as beginning at conception, and abortion as murder.

Franklin ran into trouble on the abortion topic in 2008, when State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) introduced a bill dealing with dog fighting.

"They had in Chip's testimony the reason why he wanted to ban dog fighting because if these dogs get loose then they harm innocent life. That was his stated purpose to the committee," Franklin explained.

So when the bill reached the floor of the House, Franklin, arguing that "life is life," said he tried to amend it by adding on his anti abortion bill.

But then Speaker Glenn Richardson refused to recognize him.

"(Richardson) kind of started the trend that now David (House Speaker David Ralston) has picked up," Franklin said. "You're not recognized for that motion. At least under the Murphy era you'd make your motion, you'd get a couple dozen votes, you'd move on. Glenn did not recognize me to make that motion, so I appealed his ruling of not recognizing that motion by an elected member of the House, so that's why I'm in this office instead of down the hall. I was a chairman then and you notice I'm no longer."

Franklin was stripped of his chairmanship of the House Reapportionment Committee for defying Richardson. But Franklin complains Richardson's successor, Ralston, doesn't always recognize him either even though he is supposed to.

"He's doing the same thing of not recognizing motions he doesn't agree with instead of letting the elected House of Representatives vote on whether they want the motion or not," Franklin said.

The son of a Coca-Cola salesman, Franklin was born in Birmingham, Alabama to Robert and Betty Franklin, along with two older sisters. He earned a degree in Biblical Studies and Business Administration from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain and moved to Cobb County in 1992, where he is self-employed as a business consultant.

"I go into businesses and help them figure out how to do things a little bit better," he said.

Franklin describes himself as a single man with three grown children, living in east Cobb and attending Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming.

He was first elected to the Georgia House in 1996 to represent the 43rd District. No one ran against him in the July primary, where he received 4,621 votes. And no one ran against him in the November general election, where he received 14,330 votes.

Franklin is cautious about giving out some of the details of his life. For instance, he doesn't want it reported how old he is.

"We're dealing with identity theft now," he says, in response to the question.

He said his religious beliefs took root after a cover to cover reading of the Bible.

"It was basically taking the Scripture, saying OK, what does it say, and reading it through cover to cover each year, getting everything in context and saying this is what needs to be done personally, this is what needs to be done in the family, this is what needs to be done in the state, and the jurisdictions don't mix, but all of us are accountable to god."

And by god Franklin does not mean Allah.

"The God. There's only one. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father except through him. George W. Bush was almost right when he said, 'all religions lead to the same place.' I would say all religions but one lead to the same place. Christianity will lead you to a different place. If you say any religion other than Christianity will get you to Heaven then you're saying Jesus lied, and I'm not going there."

Franklin believes the U.S. has adopted all 10 points of the Communist Manifesto, which is why in part he has introduced HR 1 to eliminate property taxes.

"The first plank of the Communist Manifesto is the abolition of private property and if you tax it you're claiming ownership over it," he said. "Finish paying off your mortgage and don't pay your rent to Cobb County. You'll find out who owns it. We've really adopted all 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto in one form or another in this country."

Every now and then Franklin is zinged in the media for a bill he authored that would make Georgia clay the official state dirt. But Franklin said opinion makers miss the point he was trying to make with that bill.

"The bill was a joke highlighting as a famous radio talk show host says, 'the absurd with the absurd,' because we were getting a rash of official naming," he said. "The official spotted trout, the official tree frog, taking up business, and I thought well you can't beat them join them type thing and illustrate how absurd they're being, and growing up in Alabama we knew about Georgia red clay. It was a joke designed to be humorous."
Comments-icon Post a Comment
July 08, 2012
Party-politicking, culture wars, theology, and name-calling aside, though I share precious few of Mr. Franklin's views, I do recognize his right to hold and express them. Legally, verbally, and otherwise civilly expressed minority convictions are key to the health of society. Instead of one-tracked group think, let the "spark of truth come from the clash of differing opinions!" As for the "right to grow" food, and to keep our own rabbits, chickens, and goats, I actually fully concur with him on this (one)point - which just goes to show you...
Disgusted in GA
July 12, 2011
This is the man who wants a Georgia law to force women to PROVE their miscarriage was a miscarriage "with no human intervention", and for a woman to face the DEATH PENALTY if she can't prove it. At least 1/4 of all pregnancies are miscarriages, and for a great many, doctors can't DETERMINE the cause.

This is ALSO the man who tried to get rape victims renamed as "accusers". So murder victims are victims, robbery victims are victims, but rape victims are "accusers."

Do we see a pattern yet of hatred for women and women's rights to equal status under the law?

Then there's his proposal to make vaccinations illegal, his proposal for the currency to be gold and silver, and yes, his ridiculous and offensive remarks about gays in the military. And all that's aside from his assertions that the U.S. must be Christian, and have Christian laws.

You can't just say "well he's so crazy he can't do any harm, because they don't listen to him." First, he makes less severe proposals that are along his lines seem "reasonable" by comparison. Second, he's taking up space that could be occupied by a GOOD law maker. Third, we're PAYING this idiot.

Please, East Cobb---SOMEONE with some sense and decency for ALL the people run for office! Get this guy OUT of there!
May 05, 2011
Bobby Franklin was elected because no one ran against him. He did not "win" his seat, and wasn't actually "elected". Neither, of course were half of the school board, who ran unopposed. It's time to step up East Cobb, lets make sure we have an intelligent and capable candidate for the next election. The fact that this ridiculous excuse of a man may actually be representative of the collective thoughts and wishes of our area makes me feel ill.
t-cash money
March 02, 2011
Kudos to Bobby Franklin, people like him could save America from turning into a Communist nation, which appears what most liberal Democrats are doing. Bobby Franklin is also trying to restore the true meaning of religious freedom. Keep it up!

It is all those who practice political correctness need psychological evaluation, not him!
February 25, 2011
To those that put this obviously sick individual into office - PLEASE undo this error.
Dave Clark
February 23, 2011
Sounds like Bobby Franklin is in serious need

of a mental evaluation. He is obviously dangerous

and an embarrasment to The State of Georgia.
February 22, 2011
"His HB 1 states that since Georgia was not a party to the suit in Roe v. Wade, it is not bound by that decision."

Even if that claim were legitimate (which it is not), this nutcase stepped all over himself when he claimed that Georgia was not a party to Roe v. Wade.

Did he ever hear of Doe v. Bolton? That was the companion case to Roe v. Wade and released the same day... That case OVERTURNED the Georgia abortion law.

This guy is as dumb as he is fanatical.

February 22, 2011
Now he wants to investigate your miscarriage.
Cobb Co R u serious?
February 21, 2011
Please, someone, anyone, run against this religious extremist in the next election! The only reason he's in office is because no one opposed him in the last elections. He completely ignores the fact that not everyone shares his interpretation of the Bible, or even believes in it for that matter, and is trying to impose his religious bigotry on his constituents. He needs to GO!!!
February 13, 2011
Bobby Franklin is a demented wacko of the first order. He and Newt Gingrich, along with Sonny Perdue and the two idiots who serve as US senators from Georgia are proof that the Georgia peach is mostly nasty redneck pit.
February 13, 2011
Mister Faggot wrote on Wednesday, Feb 09 at 06:17 PM »

Rep. Franklin -- you're dumb as a sack of rocks.

That is an insult to the intelligence of rocks - collectively or individually!
February 13, 2011
>>"We take an oath to God to uphold the Constitution,"

But remember, Art VI of our Constitution provides that "but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

Maybe _you_ take an oath to God, but "we" don't.

And Article I section 10 talks about what states may do, look at Article I section 8 for the power of congress and what constitutes legal tender: "5: To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof...."

Before you can uphold the US Constitution (which you have to do per Article VI) you have to understand it, representative.
February 12, 2011
""The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said of homosexuality."

I don't believe in your bible, or your god, for that matter. Case closed.
February 12, 2011
where did this person come from? I can only beg God to please deliver me from his followers. Perhaps Mr Franklin would be more comfortable in a radical muslim society.
February 11, 2011
As far as I know, we still live in a DEMocracy, not a THEocracy. So we don't make laws according to the bible. If you want to live in a THEocracy, then move to a country that lives by a religion. The only ones I know of follow a very strict interpretation of the Muslim religion and I can't imagine anyone from the US wanting to live that way. We have freedom of religion here, which is to everyone's benefit, no matter what religion you follow or if you follow none at all.
February 11, 2011
good heavens, what have we become? and who in the world is voting for this hateful man?

these three abide: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love. may he one day have his eyes opened to the blasphemy of his actions.

Paul Schappaugh
February 11, 2011
Bobby Franklin must issue an immediate contrite apology to members of the LGBT Community. His comments do not represent the views of all Georgian's or even the majority in his North Atlanta district.

The time has come for all American's to demand that our elected Leaders respect the tradition of America that allows everyone to worship or not worship as they see fit. We must put a end to religious bullying by a christian majority. Our nation was founded on the principle of a Freedom of and from Religious persecutio­n.

State Representa­tive Mr. Franklin is free, as a private citizen, to believe and worship as he sees fit -- he is even free to tell us what he believes. But it is our duty to remind Rep Franklin that is he is not free to impose his narrow interpreta­tion of Christiani­ty on others - nor should he be able to use his status as an elected official to denigrate and castigate LGBT Georgian's - he was elected to represent all the citizens of his district -- not just the Straight Christian ones.
former Atlantan
February 11, 2011
***"The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said of homosexuality. "You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior?***

Going by that standard, adultery is a capital offense too. So when can we expect Newt Gingrich's public execution?
former Atlantan
February 11, 2011
Sure, outlaw US currency and go the Beckscam-and-silver route; then sit back with popcorn and enjoy the spectacle of businesses and even casual visitors avoiding the state like the plague. After all, who's going to locate their business or home in a state where you have to have gold to buy or sell anything?

But I see that east Cobb hasn't changed a bit. Still run by the same "we don't want MARTA because it will bring Those People in" mentality.
February 10, 2011
Bobby Franklin is nothing but a hater. A man such as this simply hates whether it's gays, or gun control advocates, or anyone who doesn't agree with his narrow and willfully ignorant point of view. And don't use Jesus as an explanation. Jesus would be embarrassed by Bobby Franklin and those of his ilk. He stood for love-not hatred.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides