Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Legacy of Billy Graham

In 1979, Billy Graham refused to join Jerry Falwell's radical right wing "Moral Majority," saying "I'm for morality, but morality goes beyond sex to human freedom and social justice."

So it's curious he just took out a full page ad supporting North Carolina's amendment one. This amendment not only defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but would prohibit all civil unions or domestic partnerships and will take away things like partner health insurance. This amendment will HURT families.
In the HuffPo, John Becker says this tarnishes his legacy as a unifying figure: It says a lot about the man's true character that he selected for what may be his final public gesture an act of malice, divisiveness, and discrimination."

As I prepare to take Billy Graham out for a stroll in his wheelchair....

Let's pause.

Before he gets Nellie Olsen-ized, let's think for a second if, "at 93", Billy Graham hasn't been Brooke Astor-ized? What are the chances that his far more right wing radical son, Franklin, is behind this? Sure Daddy, it promotes human freedom and social justice. Sign here. Let me help you hold the pen. 

Or maybe that's all him. Maybe he spent months composing such a petty paragraph. I only took pause because I want Billy Graham to be one positive example of a loving Christian leader. I can't read one day's news without seeing suicides of bullied youth (two more this week), brought to us by the vitriol of pastors like North Carolinian Sean Harris who told his congregation - to applause - that parents should punch gay acting kids. It would be nice to know there exists a respected elder who spoke instead of love. It would be nice to know not every last evangelist is a hypocrite. That would be very nice.

For love and compassion, for "human freedom and social justice", take instead scripture from a poet (James Stephen):  

I have learned that the head does not feel anything until the heart has listened. And what the heart knows today, the head will understand tomorrow. 
North Carolina, listen to your hearts and VOTE NO on Amendment One. 


Tony said...

Amen, Jesse. Just a reminder: Amendment One (and the law banning same-sex marriage already on the books in NC) is in direct violation of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, as follows: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." If you live in NC, vote NO on Amendment One.

Jesse Archer said...

Amen, Tony! I wonder when the states are going to catch up to the constitution?

Eddie in OKC said...

Franklin's finger prints are all over this. Very sad indeed.

Tony said...

Unfortunately, not until the fat, patriarchal, ignorant OLD 'phobes in state legislatures who put proposals like Amendment One out there have passed on to their rewards (how about like, perpetual suspension in a S&M sling??). Oops, did I actually say that?

Jesse Archer said...

Unfortunately, NC would re-instate the miscegenation laws if they were allowed to vote on it. Thankfully, there is a notable voice of reason and love from the pulpit - Rev William Barber. Have you seen this? Christianity as it was meant to be?