The Reverend Franklin Graham is an evangelical leader, inheritor of Billy Graham's spiritual legacy, and like his daddy, an adviser to an increasingly unhinged president. Graham has some very deep thoughts on the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, and those thoughts are so Christian and kind! As Jesus taught, we are to forgive the sinner whether or not he repents himself, and then lies about the sin, especially if it will get a Republican on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Here is Reverend Graham offering a uniquely Trumpian view of the Biblical approach to truthiness, explaining on CBN News that a little rape is fine as long as it was way back in high school:

Thank the higher powers -- some transcriptionists at CBN and their editor -- CBN provides a transcript of the upstanding man of God and his interview with anchor Heather Sells, who occasionally tried to nudge Graham toward at least a semblance of reality. Asked if the Senate should disregard Blasey Ford's testimony, Graham explains there's really little choice in the matter, because the whole thing is not relevant and also too late and political, for shame. Plus, is "attempted rape" really wrong if you say it never happened?

it's just a shame that a person like Judge Kavanaugh who has a stellar record that somebody can bring something up that he did when he was a teenager close to 40 years ago. That's not relevant. We've got to look at a person's life and what they've done as an adult and are they qualified for this position? So this is just an attempt to smear him.

Sells tried to mention rape victims, as if there were such a person in that room all those years ago. Graham wouldn't have any of that nonsense, because it takes two for an attempted rape: an attempted rapist and a 15-year-old girl who lets herself almost get raped:

Sells: What message does it send to sexual abuse victims when they're told that it's not relevant something that happened years ago?

Graham: Well there wasn't a crime that was committed. These are two teenagers and it's obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away -- if that's the case, but he says he didn't do it. He just flat out says that's just not true. Regardless if it was true, these are two teenagers and she said no and he respected that so I don't know what the issue is. This is just an attempt to smear his name, that's all.

You see? She said no, and once he turned up the music and put his hand over her mouth and stopped her from screaming and he was too drunk to get her clothes off AND his weird friend jumped on both of them a couple times, giving her a chance to run out of the room, Kavanaugh respected her wishes and stopped. WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR? Also, neither rape nor attempted rape is a "crime," silly. And even though Maryland has no statute of limitations on sex crimes, that doesn't matter, because as he says, there's no crime here.

To her credit, Sells again tried to point out that nothing in Ford's account even remotely resembles her saying "no" and Kavanaugh "respecting" her wishes, but for heaven's sake, who's the minister of God here? Definitely not the little anchorwoman, and the Bible is full of stuff on the duplicity of woman. Graham again said none of it was relevant, "because how far back do we go, Heather, in a person's life?" Obviously, to the point AFTER they tried to rape a 15-year-old, and no farther. Besides, aren't we all, as Children of God, flawed vessels?

There's a lot of things that I've done when I was a teenager that I certainly am ashamed of and not proud of. And If we're going to hold people accountable for things that they did 40 years ago and say whether it's relevant or not relevant. This is a tactic by the left to try to keep conservatives off the bench and it's unfortunate that it's working. People are up in arms over this like 'oh, this is such a disaster.' You're talking about two teenagers 40 years ago. That has nothing to do with what we're talking about today about this man being a judge on the Supreme Court. And they call it a sexual assault? No, I don't believe it.

Once more, credit where due: The CBN article about the interview, credited to Sells, takes some pains to note the Reverend is full of shit, or rather, that the whole "he respected that" thing is "not the narrative that Christine Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser, has publicly stated." Sells goes on to accurately summarize the WaPo account, including Ford's fear that Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her while he was holding her down with his hand over her mouth.

Sells also notes -- without editorial comment -- that

Graham has shared his rebellion as a young man many times over the years. He's recalled smoking, drinking and defying authority as typical patterns for him. At one point, he was kicked out of his Christian college for his behavior.

That's just about one of the nicest "Bless his heart he means well" takes on Brother Graham we've seen from an evangelical reporter. Good on you, Ms. Sells. Also good on recovering Baptist Elizabeth Spiers, who may not be a believer anymore (we didn't ask), but is thoroughly conversant with the theology:

We just love the chance to add some Evangelical scatology to an article like this.


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