James Daniels: F. Graham’s stumbles

November 2, 2012 

F. Graham’s stumbles

The Billy Graham endorsement of the candidate who supports the biblical view of marriage is problematic. It inexorably draws the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association into an area where Graham has said he regrets having ventured. He has spoken of his misguided association and support of President Nixon for which he paid dearly. So the advertisement that appeared in the Oct. 28 N&O has to be the work of his son, Franklin. He seems in search of being taught his own lesson.

Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher and scientist said, “Nothing doth more hurt a state than that cunning men pass for wise.” Franklin Graham, who seems determined to raise his cachet nationally, has stumbled more than one should expect.

First it was his enormous compensation derived from the sacrificial gifts of supporters of his father’s work and then his missteps regarding Muslims. Franklin Graham must know that by simply no longer openly labeling Mormonism as a cult after a visit by Mitt Romney, that does not change his true character affirmed in the biblical injunction: As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Let’s hope a big pay day for him is not inevitable.

James Daniels

Durham

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