Rev. Franklin Graham is upset that the retail giant Target is replacing gender-specific signs for children's toys and bedding with gender-neutral signage. Additionally, the colored wallpaper in those displays will be replaced by wood paneling.
Today, Graham wrote on his Facebook page:
I think Target may be forgetting who has made their stores strong. It’s not gender-neutral people out there—it’s working American families, fathers and mothers with boys and girls they love.
What’s next? Are they going to try to make people believe that pink or blue baby showers are politically incorrect?
I have news for them and for everyone else—God created two different genders. Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4).
You can’t get any clearer than that. If you agree, share in the comments below—and let Target know what you think. Let them know that you are perfectly willing to shop where the genders God created are appreciated ... Target is way off-target on this one!
Graham also posted a phone number purportedly belonging Target in an apparent effort to put public pressure on the company.
While Graham criticizes Target, his own business practices have been brought into the spotlight recently.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Graham is earning two salaries these days, and took in more than $880,000 in 2014.
Graham collects checks for being the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency.
Graham decided to give up his BGEA salary in 2009 when he wrote the BGEA staff in 2009 memo: "I feel that God has called me to this ministry and that calling was never based on compensation."
However, Graham began taking his BGEA pay again in 2011, and this time God didn't appear to be calling the shots.
Graham's spokesman Mark DeMoss told The Charlotte Observer via email that Graham “never said he would give up his pay forever. He chose to give up his salary and retirement benefits for a season, in part because of the national economy in 2009.”
However, Graham did use the permanent phrase "never" regarding his pay for BGEA.
“The board spoke up [in 2011] and said, ‘Listen, we think you should be paid,’” DeMoss added in a phone interview. “And he agreed.”
Ken Berger, the former CEO of Charity Navigator, an organization that makes reports on nonprofits for donors, countered: "It gives the appearance that he went back on his word and can’t be trusted, It’s worrisome. It appears sneaky.”
Pablo Eisenberg, of the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, added, "It doesn’t matter that some board members wanted him to get money again. He’s a big boy. He could have said, 'No.'"