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Franklin Graham's ethics

Here is my thread responding to Franklin Graham's post about the Democratic convention, God, and the Ten Commandments: 

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Whole thread:

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1/ Thread on Franklin Graham's ethics in response to his post about the Ten Commandments 
2/ Franklin Graham's posts are typically among the top 10 viewed posts on Facebook in the United States in a given week. For example, during the week of August 17th, one of his posts was number #1.
3/ And I think it is quite likely this one below will be the #1 post of the week.
4/ His post begins with a flagrant lie that the Democratic convention did not mention God often. Any research on the topic would indicate this is demonstrably false. For example, both Harris's and Biden's speeches ended with references to God.
5/ But I dislike getting in an argument about this because the important issue is not how often a politician or convention mentions God but to what extent the policies of the party and the behavior of the politicians are in keeping with God's priorities. 
6/ But since Franklin Graham mentions the Ten Commandments, I think it is worth noting that Franklin Graham has tainted his integrity over the years. 
7/ When last disclosed, Graham was being paid 40 hour per week by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association AND 40 hours per week by Samaritan's Purse, making a total of $1.2 million a year.
8/ Franklin was paid $636,451 + $59,742 in other compensation from Samaritan's Purse in 2018; and $205,999 + $52,678 from BGEA in 2014. Since 2014, he has not had to disclose his BGEA income because it is designated for tax purposes as an "association of churches." 
9/ Note that though designated an "association of churches" for tax purposes, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association "exists to support and extend the evangelistic calling and ministry of Franklin Graham." 
10/ All four of Franklin Graham's children work for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and / or Samaritan's Purse. Jane Cissie and Roy: Will: Edward:
12/ Franklin Graham met alone with Putin in Nov 2015 and featured him on the cover of Decision magazine that month.
13/ Graham also met with the US-sanctioned Vyacheslav Volodin in March 2019 who is trying to have the Magnitsky Act (which withholds money from those who murder Putin's opponents).
14/ Graham has no theological education. 
15/ Operation Christmas Child (shoeboxes program in churches) is not an effective development or missions or evangelism program.
16/ Franklin has moved the Billy Graham archives from Wheaton College to storage at the Billy Graham Library (which is not a library but a tourist attraction) in Charlotte and there is no archivist there.
18/ A lot of people view Franklin Graham as a respected voice on behalf of Christians but I don't see him that way.