Dear Franklin Graham: The Internet Exists

Dear Franklin Graham: The Internet Exists May 6, 2018

Franklin Graham, the loathsome offspring of Billy Graham, seems, like so many of his fellow hypocrites, to be completely unaware that the internet exists and that his previous statements are all documented and will never disappear. Or he just doesn’t care if he’s caught. Here’s today’s position on Trump’s many affairs:

“I don’t have concern, in a sense, because these things happened many years ago – and there’s such bigger problems in front of us as a nation that we need to be dealing with than other things in his life a long time ago. I think some of these things – that’s for him and his wife to deal with. I think when the country went after President Clinton, the Republicans, that was a great mistake that should never have happened. And I think this thing with Stormy Daniels and so forth is nobody’s business.”

Yeah, no one else’s business! Totally between him and his wife. And now let’s set the wayback machine 20 years to when it was Bill Clinton having an affair and he wrote an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal about it:

Last week Mr. Clinton told 70 million Americans that his adulterous actions with Ms. Lewinsky were a “private” matter “between me, the two people I love the most–my wife and our daughter–and our God.”

But the God of the Bible says that what one does in private does matter. Mr. Clinton’s months-long extramarital sexual behavior in the Oval Office now concerns him and the rest of the world, not just his immediate family. If he will lie to or mislead his wife and daughter, those with whom he is most intimate, what will prevent him from doing the same to the American public?

Private conduct does have public consequences. Some of Mr. Clinton’s defenders present King David of the Bible, one of history’s great leaders, as an example as they call on us to forgive and forget the president’s moral failings. Since God pardoned David’s adulterous act with Bathsheba, the reasoning goes, we should similarly forgive Mr. Clinton…

Mr. Clinton’s sin can be forgiven, but he must start by admitting to it and refraining from legalistic doublespeak. According to the Scripture, the president did not have an “inappropriate relationship” with Monica Lewinsky–he committed adultery. He didn’t “mislead” his wife and us–he lied.

Acknowledgment must be coupled with genuine remorse. A repentant spirit that says, “I’m sorry. I was wrong. I won’t do it again. I ask for your forgiveness,” would go a long way toward personal and national healing.\

The scandal of Mr. Clinton and Ms. Lewinsky has forced us to examine the morality of public and private behavior with new intellectual and spiritual vigor.

And boy howdy, if anyone knows about “intellectual and spiritual rigor,” it’s Franklin Graham, amirite? He puts it on display here by how flippantly he completely he reverses his position, right down to the specific Biblical arguments he criticized when they were offered on behalf of Bill Clinton, but now suddenly embraces. It’s like he isn’t even trying to pretend to be consistent. It’s like he knows that his followers, like Trump’s followers, don’t give a damn about honesty, integrity or consistency, they only care about making excuses to remain close to power. I mean, almost.

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