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Thursday, June 11, 2015

As Dick Cheney admires Darth Vader, so Franklin Graham hearts Old Man Potter

Barry Saunders, in The News & Observer, takes the Scroogeish measure of Franklin Graham's heart. He finds what you might expect: a man who takes over the family company because it was easier than making his own way in the world:
For heaven’s sake, who can see two people welcoming a motherless child into their lives and have the default emotion be rage? 
Franklin Graham, that’s who. 
Placing children 
I asked Rachel Pratt, CEO of AdoptUSKids, if finding homes for children with medical conditions was more difficult than for other children. 
“It sounds like a cliche,” said Pratt, whose New York-based organization works with groups that place children for adoption and raises national awareness about the need for adoption, “but there is a family for every child. You just have to find the right family. A particular family may be really equipped to handle” whatever disability a child has, she said, and some agencies work exclusively to place children with disabilities. 
Some of the groups with which AdoptUSKids works, she said, “have had a lot of success placing children with medical difficulties.” 
There was nothing overtly sexual about the ad. The two women aren’t groping each other or gazing lasciviously into each other’s eyes while “Let’s Get It On” plays in the background. One tenderly touches her partner’s arm while driving to meet their new daughter, and they clasp hands briefly when meeting the newest member of their family. 
“A bank,” Graham wrote, “should be promoting the best interest rates they’re going to give me and what they can do for me as a business. But they should not be trying to get into a moral debate and take sides.” 
Dang, that seems like a mercenary attitude for a man of God. 
The little girl in the ad that rankled Franklin is unable to hear. Frankly, Franklin, you appear unable to feel.

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