Billy Graham launches campaign to smear Billy Graham

Billy Graham launches campaign to smear Billy Graham May 3, 2012

During the previous civil rights era, those seeking moral guidance were far better served by turning to Harry Belafonte than by turning to the Rev. Billy Graham.

For those seeking moral guidance today, Billy Graham remains a disappointment. You’re better off turning to Bob Mould and Jeff Tweedy (or to Laurelyn Dossettt or to whoever all these folks are).

Billy Graham is 93 and has been in poor health. If someone else came along to do something this nasty to his legacy, I’d fight to defend him. If someone else came along and accused Graham of being an irrelevant relic, a mere fossil on the side of injustice, I’d try to shout them down.

But this is Billy doing this to himself:

The Rev. Billy Graham, the world’s best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights.

… North Carolina already bans same-sex marriages. The amendment would effectively ban civil unions and domestic partnerships, too.

Graham is taking out full-page ads in 14 North Carolina newspapers touting his support for the measure. His website he encourages churches to download a poster that bears his image and the message “Vote for Marriage May 8th.”

“Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern,” [Graham] said in a statement on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

You know what causes me great concern? Watching the moral decline of Billy Graham.

The problem with doing something this cruelly wrong when you’re 93 is that you probably won’t have time to atone for it in this life. I like to think that if Johnny and June were still alive, they’d have kept Graham from repeating the same mistake he made 50 years ago.

And it is the same mistake. Just ask Jodie Brunstetter, wife of North Carolina state Sen. Peter Brunstetter.

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So it seems “Pastor” Sean Harris of the independent Baptist church in Fayetteville — the guy who Sunday told his congregation to beat the gay out of their children — offered a not-pology and a muddy “clarification.”

“I apologize to anyone I have unintentionally offended,” Harris says. “However, I do not apologize for the manner in which the Word of God articulates sexual immorality, including homosexuality and effeminacy, as a behavior that is an abomination to God.”

Alise Wright reminds us of the deeper horror of that sermon: the children of that congregation heard what Harris said about them. Those children now know that their pastor and their parents view them as intrinsically abominable.

Alise writes to them:

I’m so sorry that you are enduring abuse at the hands of people who have been entrusted with the position of caring for you. You are a treasure and a gift and should be treated as such. …

I’m sorry that this is a lesson that you’re being taught at church. In a place where you should be loved, you are taught that you are unlovable. In a place where your unique gifts and abilities should be celebrated, you are taught that you must fall within certain parameters to receive praise. In a place where you should never have to earn love, you are taught that receiving love depends on your behavior.

Read the whole thing.

It would be nice if someone read it to Billy Graham, too.


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  • Tonio

    It occurred to me that the incompatibility may be intentional. Lego might fear that their male customers have a He-Man Woman Haters Club mentality and won’t play with the Town sets if girls can join in with the Friends sets.

  • ReverendRef

     Nah . . . I don’t think the incompatibility issue is based on male/female differences or “He-Man Woman Haters Club mentality.”  I think it comes down to simple marketing and corporate greed.

    “If this new set is slightly different, then people will have to buy MORE things in order to create whatever imaginative universe they like.  More sets being purchased means more profit for us.”

    It’s sort of like that scene in “The Santa Clause” where the one marketing guy comes up with the Santa Panzer Tank that has all the breakable pieces on it.  “When the tank breaks, they’ll have to buy another one — more sales are good.”

  • Jenora Feuer

     A friend of mine summed up how he saw the male interest in MLP very simply:

    Young, socially awkward book nerd moves to new town far away from few previous friends.  The person in question picks up new friends who, while different, accept them as they are and proceed to teach new things about life.

    You have what could be considered a basic fantasy for a whole lot of bookish children who had to move from one town to another and found themselves locked out of all the already-existing friendship cliques…

  • Frank

    Keep up the good work Rev. Graham!

  • Michael Pullmann

    Sadly, the male fandom f0r the My Little Pony show seems hell-bent on declaring the show to be ONLY for them, and not for the little girls it was originally aimed at. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Yep. The male My Little Pony fandom is hugely misogynistic and ableist. Yes, there are men who like My Little Pony who are neither of those things, but they are not extremely vocal online. A ton of “bronies” spend their time trying to drive girls out of fandom, and calling women sexist slurs if women won’t bend over backwards to be their “friend” no matter what. 

    There was a whole “brony” thing about how My Little Pony toys should not have brushable hair. They don’t want to be able to enjoy something made for girls — they want it made for them, like nearly everything else in the world already is. And the show fired the female creator of this hugely successful show after one season and replaced her with a man. 

  • I never had a Hanson period, though at my age, it would have been a New Kids On the Block period. I could never understand why anyone cared about them. I won’t say I never liked boy bands, because I liked Boyz II Men a lot — I just thought New Kids On the Block had zero talent. 

    My “boys are grody” phase was mostly inspired by boys being grody towards me. The boys I interacted with at school were complete jerks to me, from “normal” bullying to sexual harassment, every time they interacted me, not excluding when they interacted with me in front of teachers. I lived in a wealthy school district with a hellish culture at that age, and I do not use the word “hellish” lightly.  Maybe if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had that phase. It ended as soon as my family moved to a lower-middle class neighborhood with non-asshole boys.

  • Jenora Feuer

    Yes, I expect that to be explainable by two basic principles:

    First, the exact sort of person in my friend’s description of the fandom is more likely to be a bit socially awkward to start with.  (And I have no idea how to phrase this without it sounding a touch ableist.)

    Second, as with so many other things, the calm ones know when to not open their mouths while the entitled idiots don’t know when to shut up.  End result is that the ones most heard are also the ones that end up ruining things for the rest.

  • There’s an analysis/takedown of that article here.

  • Matri

    They were probably yapping about that Twilight fanfic that got slightly rewritten and published as 50 Shades of Grey. picked up on it last month and thoroughly deconstructed it.

  •  I strongly feel that the “brony” adult male fans do not speak for the majority of the adult male fanbase, which in my experience consists largely of the fathers of young girls who like to watch it with their daughters.

    The misogynistic, ableist bronies mostly come from 4Chan, which is… 4Chan. They’ll be misogynistic, homophobic, ableist assholes no matter what they’re fans of.

    As an adult male fan of the show, my complaint about the toys is not that they have brushable hair, but that they are largely not show-accurate. The toy of Princess Celestia has a friggin’ pink coat instead of white. This was because Hasbro execs insisted that “little girls prefer pink.” From the parents I’ve talked to, little girls prefer show-accurate toys. Funny how they’re exactly like little boys that way.

  • hf

     WTF? In my limited exposure to Memebase’s pony page I may have missed a lot. (Wait, have you been reading comments? Never read the comments.)

    I do remember complaint(s) about the toys, but nothing at all about brush-able hair. And I’m a little disturbed about Lauren Faust’s change of position, though I see she still has a Consulting Producer title.