A same-sex couple learning sign language so they can adopt a young deaf girl is just too much for Franklin Graham to bear.
A charming and heart-warming new ad for Wells Fargo bank shows two women trying hard to learn sign language. At first it’s unclear who they are or what their motivation is, but quickly it’s revealed they are a couple and they are adopting a young girl who is deaf. The ad focuses on the importance of family and financial planning.
“Everyone works hard for a reason. Working together, we can help you prepare financially for when two becomes three,” the Wells Fargo voiceover says.
A loving couple learning how to communicate with a young deaf child they are adopting is the very essence of “the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats,” says Franklin Graham in a Facebook post on Friday.
“Every day it is something else!,” laments Graham, the son of the iconic 96-year old Southern Baptist Christian evangelical Billy Graham.
Billy Graham was a trusted advisor to Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, and Nixon. HeÂ reportedly reached 2.2 billion people during his lifetime of preaching the gospel, traveling the world and speaking at packed stadiums during the Billy Graham Crusades.
His son, Franklin, took a different path. He preaches hate via Facebook and rare stints on conservative radio and TV shows.
And now, Franklin Graham wants Christians to stop doing business with Wells Fargo bank, and also the famous Tiffany & Co. jewelers, because they “started advertising wedding rings for gay couples.”
And he’s setting the example.
â€” Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 5, 2015
“At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank,” Graham writes on Facebook. “And guess whatâ€”we donâ€™t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores. This is one way we as Christians can speak outâ€”we have the power of choice. Letâ€™s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty Godâ€™s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention. Share this if you agree.”
Over 40,000 already have shared his post, ad over 90,000 have “liked” it.
Good luck finding a solid nationwide bank or credit card company that doesn’t support LGBT equality. HRC gave these a 100 percent as LGBT equality employers:
American Express Co. |Â New York, NY
Ameriprise Financial Inc. |Â Minneapolis, MN
Bank of America Corp. | Charlotte, NC
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. | New York, NY
Barclays |Â New York, NY
BlackRock |Â New York, NY
BMO Bankcorp Inc. |Â Chicago, IL
BNP Paribas |Â New York, NY
Capital Markets Company NV | New York, NY
Capital One Financial Corp. |Â McLean, VA
Charles Schwab Corp. | San Francisco, CA
Citigroup Inc. | New York, NY
Comerica Inc. | Dallas, TX
Credit Suisse USA Inc. | New York, NY
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. | New York, NY
Deutsche Bank | New York, NY
Discover Financial Services.Â | Riverwoods, IL
Eastern Bank Corp.Â | Boston, MA
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) | McLean, VA
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) | Washington, DC
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston | Boston, MA
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond | Richmond, VA
First Data Corp. | Atlanta, GA
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. | New York, NY
HSBC USA | New York, NY
Huntington Bancshares Inc.Â | Columbus, OH
JPMorgan Chase & Co. | New York, NY
KeyCorp | Cleveland, OH
MasterCard Inc. | Purchase, NY
Moody’s Corp. | New York, NY
Morgan Stanley | New York, NY
Northern Trust Corp. | Chicago, IL
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. |Â Pittsburgh, PA
Prudential Financial Inc. | Newark, NJ
RBC Capital Markets LLCÂ | New York, NY
RBC Wealth ManagementÂ | Minneapolis, MN
Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. | Milwaukee, WI
State Street Corp. | Boston, MA
SunTrust Banks Inc. | Atlanta, GA
T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. | Baltimore, MD
TD Bank, N.A.Â | Wilmington, DE
TIAA-CREF | New York, NY
Toyota Financial Services | Torrance, CA
U.S. Bancorp | Minneapolis, MN
UBS AG |Â New York, NY
Union BankÂ | San Francisco, CA
Visa | San Francisco, CA
Wells Fargo & Co. | San Francisco, CA
But if they want to stay true to their word, Franklin Graham’s supporters will first have to stop communicating via Facebook, which strongly supports the LGBT community. And they’ll have to stop communicating via their Apple computers and iPhones, and their Microsoft operating system computers too. Oh, and no more Google Chromebooks or Android phones. Twitter, too, is out, since they are LGBT supportive.
Christians following Billy Graham’s call to “stop doing business with those who promote sin” will have to avoidÂ booking travel via Orbitz or Expedia, and can’t buy clothing from the GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Kenneth Cole, or American Apparel.Â
No more Absolut vodka martinis, or Bud beer brands.
Martha Stewart products are out too.Â
Good luck buying a car from a company that doesn’t support LGBT equality. Here’s a list of companies that do:
Oh, and Christians who don’t believe in equality will also need to avoid doing business with the 379 companies who signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
Among them areÂ Aetna, Alcoa, Amazon.com, American Airlines, American Express, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Barclays, BlackRock, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Chubb, Cigna, Cisco, Citigroup, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra, Corning, Credit Suisse Securities, CVS Health, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Bank, Dow Chemical, EBay, Facebook, General Electric, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hartford Financial Services, Hilton, HSBC, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Kimberly-Clark, KPMG, Levi Strauss, Marriott, Marsh & McLennan, Massachusetts Mutual, McKinsey, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Mutual, the New England Patriots, New York Life, Nike, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Oracle, Orbitz, Pandora, PepsiCo, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Qualcomm, RBC Capital Markets, the San Francisco Giants, Staples, Symantec, the Tampa Bay Rays, Target, TD Bank, Twitter, UBS, United Airlines, Verizon, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo, and Zynga.Â
Or, they could all just get on with their lives and accept the fact that two women who love each other adopting a little girl is not a threat to them, or to anyone elseÂ â€“ except Franklin Graham, who has built his career on hate.
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Legal Expert Explains How Alex Jones’ Texts Could ‘Connect the Dots’ on Trump for the Jan. 6 Committee
Appearing on CNN early Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Michael Moore stated that the history of texts accidentally released by attorneys representing Alex Jones may fill in the gaps for the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Speaking with “New Day” host Phil Mattingly, the legal analyst was asked about reports that the texts may be headed to House investigators, with the CNN host stating, “We saw a dramatic moment in the courtroom, in the Alex Jones proceedings over the course of the last several days. He was informed that his defense team accidentally sent two years of his text records to him.”
“There are connections and overlap with what the January 6 committee is working on when it comes to that. There are discussions of the committee perhaps getting ahold of those,” he continued before asking, “What is the process? Do you see that as a potential thing that can occur?”
“The text messages and the phone records, at least in some part are now in a court record, they’ve been filed in court. That makes them a little bit easier to get,” Moore replied. “The concern I have is the issue of the phone was delivered in all accounts, it may have been delivered in error but they did nothing to correct that or fix that or file a protective order on the evidence. So that information may be subject to a challenge.”
“The problem for Jones is that information is now known and it’s out there,” he continued. “It’s clear there was deceptive testimony during the course of discovery and I think that makes them a little easier to get.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see these subpoenas come down for the information on the phones and ultimately at the end of the day they will get it,” he elaborated. “It will be used to see if this connects any of the dots that the committee has been trying to do for the last many months. Is there a direction from Trump, is there some direction from other people in Jones’ circle that we find in the text messages there.”
‘Performatively Protest’: Grassley Chastised for Tweeting Angry Complaint He Has to Stay in DC to ‘Fight’ Major Dem Bill
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Friday afternoon posted an angry tweet complaining he will be missing his annual family reunion this weekend after Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scheduled a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, major, historic legislation to combat inflation and climate change, lower Medicare prescription drug prices and the federal deficit, and increase the energy supply.
It’s not going well for the 88-year old Republican who is running for re-election this year.
Leader Schumer in the past two weeks has pulled out a series of delicately balanced yet absolutely massive wins, convincing both Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to support the bill which they previously poised to oppose in different forms. It is a huge win for President Joe Biden and his agenda, the Democrats, and the American people.
Senator Grassley apparently thinks otherwise.
First elected to Congress in 1974, Sen. Grassley has a well-known and unique style of tweeting.
“Each Dec Schumer puts out schedule for Senate I set Grassley family reunion based on schedule,” he wrote in his complaint. “For 2nd yr in row I won’t be at reunion I’m in DC to fight Dems irresponsible tax&spend bill. Need a Republican majority to hv schedule we can count on & A RESPONSIBLE FISCAL AGENDA.”
Not many were pleased with the Iowa Republican’s remarks.
“Sir, I could not care less about your vacation,” wrote Charlotte Clymer, a well-known writer, LGBTQ activist, and veteran. “Ask any service member who’s had leave approved for a family vacation and then had it cancelled at the last minute because of needs of the unit. If our military can be called on to do this, so can you. Stop whining and do your job.”
Attorney Luppe Luppen unleashed his own anger: “Sorry kids grandpa can’t be here this weekend. He loves you very much, but, even though he’s 88 years old, he has no other options in his life but to remain in Washington to performatively protest any action on climate change and oppose Medicare negotiating lower drug prices.”
Benjamin Dreyer, the copy chief at Random House and the popular author of “Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style,” offered this suggestion: “So retire.”
“Sir, this highly coherent tweet will catch fire with middle America!” mocked Josh Marshall, the founder and editor of Talking Points Memo.
Brian Tyler Cohen, a popular political commentator and podcast host tweeted, “Nothing says ‘re-elect me’ quite like tweeting how your government position gets in the way of your vacations.”
“Oh no, you were inconvenienced,” mocked journalist Christopher Harress. “Welcome to the real world. It happens to regular people all the time.”
Award-winning journalist Steven Greenhouse offered the Senator no solace, mocking him to his grandchildren:
“Dear Grassley Grandchildren,” he wrote. “Sorry but Grandpa is missing the reunion so he can go to Washington to vote against the most important measures ever taken in the US to fight climate change. Sorry, grandkids, but Grandpa is battling to make the climate worse for your generation.”
Listen: Candidate to Oversee All Minnesota Elections Questions if Non-English Speaking Citizens ‘Should Be Voting’
A Republican candidate to become the Minnesota Secretary of State is questioning if citizens in that state who don’t speak English or who have a disability should even be allowed to vote.
Kim Crockett, a former vice president at a conservative think tank, was speaking about a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that found people with a disability and people who do not speak English can be allowed to receive help in voting.
“So, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that indeed you can help an unlimited number of people vote if they are disabled or can’t read or speak English, which raises the question, should they be voting?” she said during a September 2020 radio interview, HuffPost reports.
If elected as Minnesota’s Secretary of State Crockett would oversee all elections statewide, and be responsible for enforcing election laws while ensuring citizens are allowed to vote, and ensuring policies are in place to help them do so.
Crockett has a history of antisemitic remarks and supporting Donald Trump’s Big Lie that he won the 2020 election.
HuffPost reports on Crockett’s antisemitic remarks:
“I think of America, the great assimilator, as a rubber band, but with this — we’re at the breaking point,” Crockett said, according to The New York Times. “These aren’t people coming from Norway, let’s put it that way. These people are very visible.”
The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party put out a press release noting that in 2022, “Crockett was heavily criticized for playing an anti-Semitic video during the Republican State Convention, which depicted a Jewish philanthropist as a puppet master controlling Minnesota’s Secretary of State, who is also Jewish and election lawyer Marc Elias, who is also Jewish. Casting a Jewish individual as a puppet master who controls events is a common anti-Semitic trope.”
Heartland Signal published the audio of Crockett’s remarks, which you can hear below or at this link.
GOP candidate for Minnesota secretary of state Kim Crockett, who would be the state’s chief election officer, says that people requiring assistance because they do not speak English or are disabled “raises the question: Should they be voting?” pic.twitter.com/hoCKBBXq1e
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) August 5, 2022
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