Franklin Graham Is A Knob

I hate to say it and I know it’s not very nice, but what else can you call someone whose organization is running a campaign to raise funds for maternal and child healthcare, but simultaneously gets his nose out of joint because a Wells Fargo commercial featuring two lesbian moms who want to adopt a deaf child? According to Graham, the commercial is an example of “the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.” Okay, then.

So, what is the “biggest moral threat to the very moral fiber of our immoral society“? Take a look and see what you think:

Right, two people who love each other enough to spend their lives together and want to adopt a child that others ignore (because disablities. Duh) is a sign of “moral decay”. I guess all the racism, income inequality and poor shaming going on in this country is exactly what God wants of us.

As I said in the first paragraph, Samaritan’s Purse is raising money for maternal and children’s healthcare and the headline on the campaign’s page says “Celebrate Moms”. Maybe it’s just me, but if your organization has a web page saying that, does it make a whole lot of sense to get pissed off about a commercial that…, oh, I don’t know, celebrates moms?!? On their website, Samaritan’s Purse says they’re “sharing the message of unconditional love through the Gospel.” If that kind of two-faced bullshit is the Gospel, count me the fuck out.

On the lighter side, it’s getting so that I don’t need to come up with punch lines when I write about Graham; his own words are better than anything I could dream up. Seriously, all I have to do is repeat what he said. Like this time: the man is on Facebook, calling for a boycott on LGBTQ-friendly businesses. And, he pulled BGEA and Samaritan’s purse money out of Wells Fargo and moved it to BB&T. Why is that interesting? Because both organizations are pretty gay-friendly. Facebook, along with a lot of other organizations, has urged the Supreme Court to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage and BB&T has sponsored a Miami Beach Gay Pride fundraiser and hosted a wedding ceremony for a gay couple in their South Beach branch.

In a rather lame attempt to explain moving from one LGBT-friendly bank to another, Graham said that Wells Fargo “went beyond being gay-friendly to being a public advocate – through a national TV advertising campaign – for a lifestyle we, as a Christian organization, believe to be biblically wrong.” BB&T, on the other hand, “did not promote the program through a national advertising campaign or we would still be looking for another bank.” Uh huh. That’s a bit of an equivocation from a fellow who said just a couple of days earlier, “Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards.” I’m guessing that finding a bank big enough to handle his money and wasn’t LGBT-friendly turned out to be a little harder than he expected.

If there’s a silver lining to this hate-filled dark cloud, it’s that last sentence. The idea that Graham couldn’t find another bank that measured up to his homophobic ideals and had to settle for one that “did not promote” its embrace of the homosexual lifestyle people being true to who they are is another sign that we might just be turning a corner on LGBTQ issues in this country. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s some pretty good news.