Outraged that lesbians are being portrayed in a positive light, Franklin Graham launches a boycott against LGBT friendly companies.
Using his Facebook page, Graham announced a boycott on all corporations that feature same-sex relationships in their commercials, and is calling on his fellow Christians to join him.
Graham is particularly angry at Wells Fargo because one of its ads features a lesbian couple. The ad is a beautiful and heartwarming spot showing two moms-to-be learning American Sign Language before they adopt a little girl who is deaf.
Because of the ad, Graham announced he is moving all the bank accounts for his two ministries out of Wells Fargo.
Graham wrote on his Facebook page:
Have you ever asked yourself–how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community? Every day it is something else! Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more. But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them. At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank. And guess what — we don’t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores. This is one way we as Christians can speak out — we have the power of choice. Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention. Share this if you agree.
The fact that Graham would dare to claim that an ad portraying two loving people working together to provide a home for a child in need is a sign of “moral decay” is absurd, and reflects a profound failure to grasp the true meaning of “family values.”
Responding to Graham’s complaint, Christina Kolbjornsen, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, said the bank has proudly supported the LGBT community for a long time:
At Wells Fargo, serving every customer is core to our vision and values. Diversity and inclusion are foundational to who we are as a company. Our advertising content reflects our company’s values and represents the diversity of the communities we serve.
Right Wing Watch reports Graham announced he is moving his accounts to North Carolina-based BB&T, saying:
At Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we’re closing our accounts at Wells Fargo and moving it to another bank here in North Carolina, BB&T that is a good bank, and we’ve done business with for many years and it’s just a good solid bank.
However, it appears Graham failed to do his research, since BB&T is another one of those LGBT friendly companies. Right Wing Watch goes on to report:
BB&T has received an 80 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and this year is the sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, along with the chief sponsor of Miami Beach Gay Pride’s “Legacy Couples” program, which celebrates same-sex couples in “committed relationships of 10 years or longer.”
In fact, BB&T hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding reception earlier this year.
Indeed, the fact that Graham made his announcement boycotting LGBT friendly companies on Facebook is itself highly ironic. As Eliel Cruz writing for Religion News Service points out:
The irony of Graham posting this on Facebook is apparently lost on him. Facebook is vehemently pro-LGBT and Graham’s post, which has been shared almost 40,000 times, creates revenue for the social media platform.
The truth is, it will be nearly impossible for Graham, or anyone else, to escape doing business with LGBT friendly companies. The world has changed for the better, and almost every major company recognizes that supporting equal rights for LGBT people is not only the morally correct thing to do, but is also good business.
Watch the commercial that had Franklin Graham freaking out: