Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed introduce a disgusting new Easter tradition

Franklin_Graham_insert_by_Paul_M_Walsh_via_WikimediaThis past Sunday was Easter, a day of reflection and joy, a day marked by celebration, and hopefully, nice weather. Our family went canoeing, did a little yard work, and my husband inadvertently saw ducks having sex. Ah, spring! Easter also fell on 4/20 this year, which meant that in some families, more food might have been consumed than last year. But on ABC’s Sunday morning “news” program, a new Easter tradition was ushered in: gay bashing.

For some truly bizarre reason, ABC chose to feature Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed (with their rather quiet sidekick, Russell Moore) this past Sunday. And true to form, Franklin Graham spoke at length about Vladimir Putin doing what’s “best for Russia,” Ralph Reed tossed out lie after lie about homosexuals, and Russell Moore sort of just sat there, agreeing with Graham on one thing, but primarily he didn’t speak to anything having to do with same sex marriage. It’s okay; he does that on his own.

You are probably familiar with Franklin Graham, given that he is the son of Billy Graham, the world-famous evangelical pastor. What you may not know about Franklin Graham is how he feels about the LGBT community, and that he has joined in the very strange right wing hero worship of Vladimir Putin. Franklin wrote an oped for his father’s website in which he praised Putin’s actions against the Russian LGBT community. From the piece:

Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue—protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda—Russia’s standard is higher than our own?

In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda. Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful.

The world used to look to America for moral leadership. But those days are long gone.

Protecting children from the “gay agenda.” Pro-tip: There is no gay agenda. You know what my gay friends do every day? They go to work, they pay their bills, they shop for groceries, they sing in the shower, they clean their house, they rake leaves and they do normal stuff. Franklin Graham, and so many conservatives, seem to think that the Homo Demon™ is real, and is coming for the kids. Someone protect the children from that gay guy mowing his lawn!

Ralph Reed is always an unpleasant blast from the past. He is best known as the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, the group that finally brought the GOP and conservative Christians together. Hold your applause until the end. Reed founded the Faith and Freedom Coalition in 2009, and you know it’s a super group, because the first thing you read on their website is a quote from Half-Governor, Sarah “Grifter” Palin. The freedom Ralph Reed embraces, it would seem is the freedom to brag about his work with “Casino Jack” Abramoff. You know, this Jack Abramoff. According to Ralph Reed, his work with Abramoff is something he is “proud” of, and he believes it “advanced sound public policy.”

Finally, let’s take a quick look at Russell Moore. Moore is the the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; he replaced Richard Land. In February, Russell Moore published a letter he received from a Christian wedding photographer, seeking advice on photographing a gay wedding. Mr. Moore’s response is lengthy, and you can read it here, but some low points are:

First of all, while a biblical view of marriage would see that such people (fornicators, believers to unbelievers, unlawfully divorced, etc.) should not get married, and that the church has no authority to marry them, we also would affirm that such people, when married, actually are married. A pastor who joins a believer to an unbeliever bears an awful responsibility for doing something wrong, but the end result is an actual marriage.

I would say that the decisions you’ll make, generally, as a wedding photographer will correspond often with the Corinthian dilemma of whether to eat meat that had been offered to idols (1 Cor. 8).

The Apostle Paul says, first of all, that the idols don’t represent real gods (1 Cor. 8:4), in the same way that you would argue that a wedding without a bride or a groom isn’t really a marriage. If something’s put before you, the apostle writes, eat it to the glory of God, no questions asked.

But, the apostle says, if the food is advertised as sacrificed to idols abstain from it for the sake of the consciences of those around you (1 Cor. 8:7-9).  This is the difference between investigating a doughnut shop owner’s buying habits before eating there and stopping in for doughnuts when the sign out front flashes: “Eat here and support our owner’s cocaine and prostitutes habit.”

A pastor who marries a same sex couple bears “an awful responsibility for doing something wrong,” and same sex marriage somehow is equal to cocaine and hookers. And doughnuts.

These are the three men ABC chose to appear on a “news” program Easter Sunday. Graham tripled down on his bromance with Vlad Putin. Ralph Reed started tossing around the discredited Regnerus study as proof of his own statements on gay couples raising children. Dr. Moore tap danced when asked if he agreed with Graham, saying that yes, kids need a mom and a dad, but no, Putin isn’t doing the right thing by blocking Americans from adopting Russian orphans.

Easter Sunday, or any day that ends in Y, isn’t a day to feature Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed. I will tell you the most disturbing thing about this awful segment. Martha Radditz shows a clip of Franklin Graham being interviewed, and when the interviewer mentions that same sex couples can adopt, Graham responds, “Yeah, they can recruit.”

With all due respect, Rev. Graham, it’s not same sex couples who are trying to recruit and indoctrinate children. That would be conservative Christians.

Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.

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  • Quacker

    great article. So true, and so sad. With all the “real issues” we have in this country, to think “gay marriage” is what these men and leaders like them want to focus on is just……shameful!

  • Erin Nanasi

    I sleep with my underpants in my mouth

    • Ryan Swanson

      I’d like to see that! 😉

    • Emora

      You do realize it’s a little creepy that you’re this obsessed with me, right? Unless you’re a different disturbed troll than last time, but even if you are, it’s creepy. Don’t you have a job, or something to do other than pretend to be me?

      • Pipercat

        Creepy, naaaaaaaah. Pathetic.

  • hermanprovi

    Franklin Graham, doing the devils work!

    • Eg Kbbs

      The problem when a very persuasive preacher creates a dynasty – essentially creating their own denomination. The original may have concentrated on evangelism, but the heirs to the throne focus on preserving the empire against any threats, real or imagined.

    • hermanprovi

      It;s not so much the threats, they are worried about, although that is part of it, they are more terrified of a dimminishing bottom line! Profits [or as they call it in the religion industry] coffers, take center stage! It is not souls they re trying to save, its the off-shore money hiding places!

  • Patti Smith

    Why doesn’t your Easter Traditions include going to church? Franklin Graham is carrying on his father’s legacy. He is telling Biblical TRUTH (try reading the Bible), he said that homosexuality is a sin – as is adultery. Would you expect him to say anything else? The Bible is truth – and it doesnt change.

    • Brian

      So fables told 4000 years ago by Middle Eastern, goat herding nomads and lies cobbled together by Constantine and revised by countless rulers and clergymen are what passes for truth these days? The bible has changed hundreds of times throughout history. The vast majority of human history consists of illiteracy, and the literate took advantage of this and rewrote Constantine’s bull to suit their needs. And anyone who takes the Old Testament, the word of a bunch of ignorant Middle Eastern nomads, seriously is mentally ill.

      • auntielib

        So your claim is that the historical evidence that Middle Eastern peoples were goat herding nomads “is false”? You think they were stock brokers or corporate CEOs instead?
        Wow. It is YOU who sounds truly mentally ill, Brian.

      • Ray Kawamura

        Auntie, either you didn’t actually read Brian’s post, or you’re deliberately twisting his words. But then again, fundie illiterates like you tend to do that when faced with actual logic. There is no historical proof that Jesus, or if we’re being more correct, Joshua (Greek) and Yeshua (Aramaic), ever existed. And, other Gods existed long before Christianity existed, and will exist long after Christianity finally emplodes. In fact, speaking of Gods, YHWH, or Jehova wasn’t always singular. Before the Jews, the Hebrew tribes worshipped a pantheon of Gods, of which YHWH was merely one. And not even the most prominent. There were Goddesses as well. So, like it or not, without paganism, Christianity wouldn’t exist.

      • auntielib

        “There is no historical proof that Jesus…ever existed.”
        ——
        What a laughable claim by you, Ray! On the contrary, there exist multiple (and independent) historical texts which prove Jesus existed.

  • keith webb

    the breakdown of the family is rooted in a nation leaving the principles of God, the Creator… I know that is an inconvenient truth but nonetheless it has been the way of every great nation that has risen and fallen… greed, perversion selfishness in general is the cause. There is still a Way out of that decay and death. It’s not just a philosophy or a religion, it is still a Person. We just celebrated the death burial and resurrection of Him. The only man who ever lived who claimed to be God, Who raised the dead and who was killed Himself and came back from the dead. He is God. He is Jesus the Christ. The issue isn’t LGBT but rather A-Z, Alpha to Omega, the Beginning and the End. Erin you know the Truth, don’t you? Enjoying our ‘ free speech ‘ with you my friend, Keith †

    • Brian

      What value does your god have over the gods worshipped by the Hindi? Over the Buddhas? Over the spirits and the ancestors?
      Can you prove your god even exists? Can you prove Jesus ever existed? No record of his birth, either Roman or Hebrew, has ever been found and only the bible, written a century after the fact, states he existed. Jesus wasn’t even his real name.
      Breakdown of the family? Nonsense. Blame the gays for the divorce rate? Hah, you’re a joke. The greatest, most powerful nations never had biblical principals. Ottoman Empire, Timurid Empire, the Mongols, Roman Empire (collapsed after going Christian), Hellenes, even the British Empire abandoned the church and made the king head of the religion in order to centralize all power and effectively control all religion.

    • auntielib

      Deluded disciples of the Atheist Faith will sometimes attempt to claim that the historical record concerning Jesus “is false”, in their desperate attempt to pretend He doesn’t exist.
      Or they will demand “proof” that God exists, even though they themselves are unable to prove one of the tenets of the Gay Way, that people are (somehow) “born homosexual”, even though the scientific evidence (the famous twins’ study) proves that claim of theirs to be false.

  • auntielib

    “For some truly bizarre reason, ABC chose to feature Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed (with their rather quiet sidekick, Russell Moore) this past Sunday.”
    —–
    ??? Why do you feel it is “bizarre” for a television network to feature the son of a prominent Christian evangelist on Easter Sunday?