So, Franklin Graham is unhappy. Of course he is -- it's a day that ends in Y after all.
For those who can't view the video, it's a 60-second spot with two women learning sign language. They learn phrases such as "let's read a book" "are you cold?" and "I'm so proud of you". Later on we see them riding in a car together, one woman touching the other's arm in comfort, ending with them sitting on the floor with a young deaf girl, telling her in sign language that they were going to be her "new mommies" and they were very happy. The voiceover says that Wells Fargo will be there "for when two become three."
Well, this gives Graham a sad, for the usual reasons:
Instead of seeing the commercial for what it is — a tender tribute to two hard-working women who are attempting to create a stable, nurturing environment for a disabled child — Graham characterized it is as yet another example of “the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.”
And he's decided it's time to do something about it:
“Every day it is something else!” he wrote. “Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising.” But Christians need not worry, as “it just dawned on [Graham] that we don’t have to do business with them.”
At least he's putting his -- or at least his organization's -- money where his mouth is; Billy Graham Ministries which he now heads is pulling out of Wells Fargo and switching banks. But this might not be far enough -- Christians of Graham's stripe may need to expand their reach in order to cleanse capitalist America of the Gay Peril.
First of all, Graham might have trouble finding a new financial institution:
Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo are among the nearly 200 business that received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index -- a yearly survey, which evaluates the relative LGBT-friendlyness of companies based on a variety of factors, including their benefits offerings and engagement with the LGBT community. The financial sector ranked higher than many others, according to the survey, including retail and health care.
Goldman Sachs also came out in support of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act back in 2013, so they're probably out as well.
Maybe there's a small bigoted credit union in Graham's neck of the backwoods that would be suitable -- they might not offer the widest range of services though.
Next, Graham better shut down that Facebook account where he publicized his latest get-rich tactic campaign to purify America -- Facebook, along with many other Silicon Valley companies such as Google and Hewlett-Packard, have very LGBT-friendly employee policies.
Better get rid of the computers too -- of course Apple would be off the list since they actually have a gay CEO, but Microsoft is also high on the lists of LGBT friendly corporations out there. Maybe there's a nice homophobic Linux build out there they can use for their corporate servers...assuming their followers don't also ditch their computers.and they wonder why their numbers are dwindling??? this is not the Christian way it is the usurped evangelical way which i might add has nothing to do with Christianity as hate your neighbor is not in the Bible nor intolerance of others. they teach bigotry and racism and nothing else that relates to the teachings of Jesus, he walked and ministered among lepers evangelicals can't be in the same state with LGB&T community. they cry foul they are being denied their right to religious freedom well isn't that what they are doing to other religions with hate and vitriolic rhetoric that they pass on to their kids making them participate in their unGodly endeavors.
does Westboro Church ring any bells?? these are the values of persons like Graham and the evangelical cauldron of hate, damning their kids to a life of Godlessness