His name is Franklin Graham.
He is the eldest son and heir to the kingdom of Billy Graham.
He shares his father’s religion and worldview. What he does not share is his father’s ability to finesse things so that nobody realizes what total assholes these people are.
Franklin (who is actually his dad’s namesake—Dad is “Jr” and Franklin is “III”) was something of a prodigal son. He spent his youth in, as the Bible puts it, riotous living, and had his miraculous conversion experience when he was in his early twenties.
This coincided nicely with Franklin’s realization that he was all through with school paid for by Daddy and that he was going to have to earn a living. He found such a living running a charity, Samaritan’s Purse. Franklin earned a hefty salary doing that, and has lived well (net worth something like 25 million dollars).
He now heads up Daddy’s organization and has become a big-mouth on television, much more so than his father ever did, busy offering his oft-controversial, always entertaining opinions on political figures, world events and the larger culture.
I hope you’re figuring out that I cannot abide Franklin Graham. I have never had much use for his father, but Franklin is way, way worse.
Take this example of his lunacy dating back to 2010. The president he’s talking about is, of course, Barack Obama.
The truth, of course, is that all of us are born atheists. We have to be taught to embrace mythology as if it’s true.
He’s a turd.
He popped up yesterday to offer his excuses for why it’s okay for Trump to have paid off a porn star.
You guessed it. Trump is a prodigal, and evangelicals love prodigals.
Just to be very fair, and so we can all laugh out loud, here’s Franklin in a much more friendly setting (Fox News) explaining how wonderful Trump is and how fabulous the economy is (I thought that the love of money was the root of all evil?) and then he slides in “Jesus died for your sins” as they always have to do, like none of us ever heard anything like that before.
But thank you, Franklin, you dumbass, for proving my point about evangelicals and their love of prodigals.