Franklin Graham, Texas Motor Speedway president defend Phil Robertson's NASCAR prayer

'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson, seen here campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, receives support from evangelist Franklin Graham and Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage for his prayer to 'put a Jesus man in the White House.'Reuters

Some people raved at "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's Jesus prayer during the recent NASCAR race, while some people objected to it.

Rev. Franklin Graham, for one, supports Robertson's impassioned plea for America to "get back to God." The evangelist writes on his Facebook page that the name of Jesus Christ has been controversial for over 2,000 years now, and the mention of His name now still "shakes the world to its very core." 

"Phil Robertson 'The Duck Commander' prayed in Jesus' Name at last week's NASCAR race, and liberals immediately jumped to say the sport needed to ban the opening prayer altogether! Are you kidding me? Phil is right when he prayed for America to get back to God," says Graham.

Meanwhile, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage also backed up Robertson after some people lambasted him for his prayer to "put a Jesus man in the White House." Personally, Gossage does not see anything wrong with Robertson's prayer because "he said what he felt and believed."

"There are a lot of people that agree with him and a lot that disagree with him," Gossage told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Nowadays, you cannot say what you think because of political correctness. So I guess everyone has a right to free speech or nobody does."

He even compared Robertson's case to that of singer Bruce Springsteen, who cancelled his North Carolina concert after the state passed legislation that would prohibit people from using public bathrooms based on their preferred gender.

"Bruce Springsteen cancels his show in North Carolina on his viewpoints and a lot of people agreed with him and a lot of people disagreed with him," Gossage said. "I defend Bruce Springsteen's rights to take his position and, if you do that, then you've got to defend everybody else's, too."