Franklin Graham
Grrrr! And what’s with the bangs?

Franklin Graham to all churches: “Pull out of Boy Scouts completely.” Franklin Graham might have a job coating cherries with chocolate were it not for the fact that he is the son of evangelist Billy Graham. But Graham does have two gigs that pay him extraordinarily well and provide him with a very loud microphone.

Graham is once again claiming that LGBT people pose a threat to children. It is a baseless smear. There is nothing “Christian” in Franklin Graham — just Christian money. Graham is perpetually angry with some thing, someone or some group of people. His indignation is good for business.

According to Graham’s Facebook page:

Two years ago the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay leaders and
then this year began to allow members based on their gender identity
rather than their biological sex, opening the door to transgender
members.

I think the Mormon Church—and all churches—should pull out
of the Boy Scouts organization completely. They need to get their
younger boys out as well. I would not want my child or grandchild to be
influenced by the lifestyle of a gay Scout Leader that goes against
God’s design for creation.

What Graham is asserting is that a gay Scout leader could “influence” a boy to be gay. Graham refuses to consider the many good qualities that a gay man might possess. Being gay means that he is an evil pervert and that’s all Graham needs to know. I don’t know if Graham is spectacularly stupid or stunningly cynical. Perhaps both.

Conservative Christian organizations raise money off of anger. One thing that is sure to inspire their ire is the prospect of a gay man preying on young boys. Graham knows that his constituency still believes that “homosexuals recruit” and that sexual orientation is a choice which can be influenced by others.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.