With all the focus on the big-names getting into the fight for love and against North Carolina's Amendment One, human-size liver spot Billy Graham felt the need to inject his name into the debate via a saintly anti-gay ad appearing in 14 papers across the state this week. Today, we finally get a look at Graham's ad.
"At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage,” Graham writes. ”The Bible is clear—God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment on Tuesday, May 8.”
At least eight Photoshop artists sacrificed their wrist bones to carpal tunnel in the creating of this ad for the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
William Martin, an expert on all things Graham told Time.com today that he's surprised by the anti-gay campaigning.
William Martin, who wrote the authorized Graham biography “A Prophet With Honor,” couldn’t recall another effort by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association like the one the ministry plans in support of Amendment One.
The elderly evangelist preached often on the need for sexual purity, but rarely spoke about same-sex marriage, Martin said. “I am somewhat surprised that he would take that strong a stand,” said Martin, professor emeritus of religion and public policy at Rice University. “In the past, I have heard him say with respect to homosexuality, there are greater sins. Franklin has been more outspoken about it, but it sounds as if this is Mr. Graham expressing his own will.”
No word yet on whether Graham plans to take out full page ads supporting other controversial Biblical verses such as stoning brides to death if they're not virgins on their wedding day.
(Source: The New Civil Rights Movement)