Evangelist Billy Graham liked to cozy up to politicians, like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. His son Franklin likes presidents too, but in his case it’s Vladimir Putin. In a column in the Graham empire magazine, Decision, the younger Graham praises Putin for his anti-gay policies and takes President Obama to task for not following in Vlad’s footsteps.
“In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” Graham writes. “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.”
While Graham says he is not endorsing Putin, it sure sounds like it. “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?”
If by “standard” you mean setting loose vigilantes to violently attacking anyone suspected of being gay, then, yes, Russia is the standard.
Franklin Graham is capitalizing on his father’s name, but not on his father’s philosophy. Billy Graham said in his autobiography that he wishes that he had “steered clear of politics.” Apparently, the son didn’t learn from the father’s mistakes.