Professor explains why Franklin Graham’s boycott is silly…and futile

Image: Franklin Graham's Facebook page

Image: Franklin Graham’s Facebook page

The responses are pouring into the Rev. Franklin Graham’s latest homophobic rant. The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and head of North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse is calling for a boycott of Wells Fargo Bank and Tiffany & Co., because the companies have acknowledged and celebrated same sex married couples in advertisements.

One of the best responses thus far is entitled “So let me get this straight…” and it comes from Prof. Dominick Scudera of Ursinus College courtesy of the Huffington Post. As Scudera notes:

“So let me get this straight …

All mothers deserve to be celebrated, except lesbian mothers who adopt deaf children because those particular mothers are part of the moral decay being crammed down the throat of Christians in America? Is that right? Am I understanding that correctly?

In his Facebook post, Graham supports a boycott of businesses that are supportive of gay rights: ‘At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank … Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards.’

Graham used his Facebook account to spread his message. Facebook is a gay-friendly business. Facebook is one of 379 corporations and employer organizations who have urged the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage in a friend-of-the-court brief.

So let me get this straight …

We should stop doing business with those companies which promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards, except Facebook. Yes?

Well, maybe Twitter, too. At the bottom of the “Celebrate Moms” campaign page, readers are urged to share the message on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is another one of the 379 corporations supporting gay marriage….”

Read Scudera’s entire post by clicking here.



  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    If it is “silly” and “futile” why bother wasting space on a whole story related to it? Oh, I answered my question…most stories here are silly and futile.

  2. love my state

    June 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

    why you ask?? so that they can continue to smack down stupidity and bigotry. franklin is an embarrassment to this state.

  3. Cheryl

    June 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Franklin Graham,
    Get over it already!!!!

  4. Rob Schofield

    June 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    From today’s Charlotte Observer:
    “Franklin Graham moving accounts to BB&T, which sponsored Miami Beach gay pride fundraiser.”

  5. Gene Hoglan

    June 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    There aren’t really any major banks left which haven’t at the very least put out some PR statement in support of LGBT folks, if not taking more direct action like BB&T. Maybe Graham will go back to stuffing his cash under his mattress.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    June 10, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Actually there is a bit of a difference. The WF situation is a corporate strategic direction to suck up to the gays. The BB&T situation has the following lesser issues (full disclosure I was working there in the time of question) that are different from Wells Fargo. They make for a banking relationship that is closer to his values if not truly perfect.

    1. It was likely an individual at the local level sponsoring and definitely not a corporate strategy. With the prior CFO, there was not as much expense control as there is now.

    2. I know for a fact that the CEO’s were not big proponents of the homosexual view, as well as many other views the Graham’s likely hold. Just from the internal presentations from John Allison and Kelly King I was privy to.

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