Monday, June 15, 2015

"Gay friendly" Franklin Graham vs. Wells Fargo

This is all bullshit. This was a business decision to reduce fees. The gay part came after the fact”.

The always pissed off Franklin Graham attempts to explain his little problem with Wells Fargo while claiming to be “gay friendly.” Seriously. Just to add some perspective, Wells Fargo had revenues of $84 billion dollars in 2014 with $1.7 trillion in assets at year end.

Every account is important. However, the fact that Mr. Graham and a few Christian crackpots are closing their accounts at Wells Fargo is not going to alter the company's relationship with the LGBT community, its families and friends.

According to Graham:
… in our view, Wells Fargo went beyond being gay-friendly to being a public advocate—through a national TV advertising campaign—for a lifestyle we, as a Christian organization, believe to be biblically wrong. (The ad featured a lesbian couple with their adopted child.)
As for their new bank:
It is true that a local BB&T branch in the Miami area hosted a fundraiser for a program called Legacy Couples, which recognizes same-sex couples who have been in committed relationships for 10 years or more; but the bank did not promote this program through a national advertising campaign (or we would still be looking for another bank).
So it's alright to sponsor gay pride events. However, depictions of gay couples in advertisements “advocate” a “lifestyle” that Graham disapproves of. Sure.

This is all bullshit. This was a business decision to reduce fees. The gay part came after the fact. Clever Franklin.

As for “gay friendly” Frank:
… being gay-friendly is not optional—especially for those of us who call ourselves Christians. Jesus Himself issued an ultimatum in the New Testament Gospel of John: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."
  • When Mr. Graham calls a sexual orientation a “lifestyle,” that's not love. That's hate.
  • When Mr. Graham is offended by the mere presence of gay people that's not love. That's hate.
  • When Mr. Graham objects to that presence by calling it advocacy, that's not love. That's hate.
  • When Mr. Graham claims that gay rights depict the depravity of our nation, that's not love. That's hate.
  • When Mr. Graham claims that the presence of gay men puts young boys at risk, that's not love. That's hate.
It's worth noting that Mr. Graham is not a very accomplished individual. His stature is unearned. It flows from his father.

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