While liberals are grieving the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, evangelist Franklin Graham celebrated on Twitter with rather strange word choices…
Congratulations to #SCOTUS Justice Brett Kavanaugh! He didn’t deserve to be treated the way he was in this process — no one deserves that. I’m thankful that God overruled. Let’s pray for him & his family in this critical appointment. I’m confident he will do a great job.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) October 6, 2018
It may be a tweet, but there still a lot to criticize in there…
Why didn’t Kavanaugh “deserve to be treated” that way? He was questioned for a job interview, and when a disturbing aspect of his history came to light, some senators attempted to learn more about it. (They were unable to.) That’s not unfair. That’s standard practice. Graham is suggesting an allegation of attempted sexual assault doesn’t deserve a thorough investigation. At a time when evangelicals are facing their own #ChurchToo moments, you’d think Graham would at least be more careful in how he words his complete dismissal of serious allegations of abuse.
And what does it mean for God to “overrule” in this situation? Was He the deciding vote? Did He write the awful script Sen. Susan Collins used before saying she would vote in Kavanaugh’s favor? Was God overseeing the FBI’s severely restricted “investigation”? Is God going to be the decisive fifth vote to overturn abortion rights, demolish church/state separation, and create even more obstacles for LGBTQ people and other minorities?
Either way, Graham’s rhetoric is a stark reminder of why I — an Episcopalian — want nothing to do with his God. And neither do most Christians I know.
If you feel the same way, please make sure your voter registration is up to date and make plans for election day. Then encourage your friends to do the same.