Billy Graham’s Son: I Support Putin, But I’m Not Homophobic
The son of the celebrity evangelist Southern Baptist minister Bill Graham, 95, condemned homosexuality with some pretty ridiculous rhetoric (even by anti-gay standards) in a Tuesday interview with the Charlotte Observer.
In a video clip of the interview, Franklin Graham, 61, talks about same-sex parents adopting children, or as he calls it "recruiting" children, which leads him to laud Russian President Vladimir Putin for signing the country’s controversial "homosexual propaganda" measure into law last summer, which aims to "protect" children from gays by effectively banning LGBT information and public Pride events.
"You can adopt a child into a marriage but you can also recruit children into your cause," Graham told the newspaper. "I believe in protecting children from exploitation from all exploitations. That’s all it’s about."
Graham, who is the CEO of the Bill Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse (an international Christian relief organization), went on to praise Putin.
"I think I agree with Putin; I think protecting his nation’s children was a very smart thing to do," he said. "I was very clear: I supported Putin in his decision to protect his nation’s children and I think our Congress needs to do more and protect our nation’s children."
Graham also claimed that Congress and President Barack Obama are pushing a "gay-lesbian agenda." When asked what that agenda entails, he said:
"Just look at where we are today. With every turn, a gay and lesbian agenda is being pushed by this administration."
The evangelist then said he’s been persecuted and attacked "all the time for my religious beliefs. For what I believe in; what I say."