Some insights are timeless. Karl Marx spoke for the ages saying “history repeats itself first as tragedy, second as farce.” So it is with Billy Graham.

The Reverend’s clownish son may have reinforced impressions of his father as a Falwell clone. In fact, Billy preached a broadly uplifting and humane gospel. He once said “morality goes beyond sex to human freedom and social justice.” In the social sphere, he had brushes with nobility. An adviser to Dr. King, a foe of Apartheid, he could have left a proud legacy.

But his career was one of missed opportunities. Although a segregation critic, he lacked the courage for a “Graham-King crusade.” His ego likewise drew him to Richard Nixon, his support for whom Graham regretted. It came to a head in 2012 when, ending his reticence, he endorsed Amendment 1. Even for a secularist, it was sad to see.

Little Franklin inspires no such sympathy. From the start, he’s been a media whore and a megalomaniac. The brat’s campaign for marriage discrimination was pathetic, almost laughable had it not been so effective. Thus, his newfound “crush” on Europe’s most dangerous man isn’t so much an outrage as yet another joke.


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