Dear Reverend Graham,
When I was a child, your father, Billy Graham, was held in the utmost esteem by pastors and parents. When you stepped into his role, you became the guiding force of the Evangelical Christian movement. I have watched from afar as you have sold your very soul to endorse the GOP candidate this year, and I would honestly like to ask you: how do you like him now?
Everything he does is a reflection on your movement. Right wing Christians have been losing traction for some time, because people my age and younger are leaving the church. We see the hypocrisy, the intolerance, and we do not want to be part of it. You have taken this election and held a magnifying glass to those problems for the whole world to see, exactly proving our point.
Your argument in favor of Trump is pretty simple. He claims to be anti-abortion, anti-LGBT, and he says he will fight to repeal the Johnson Amendment, because “it infringes on the freedom of speech of religious groups.” All of these positions are very new, obviously adopted in recent months for the sole purpose of gaining the Evangelical vote. And with his track record, I have no idea how you can trust anything he says.
What I do know, however, is how he has lived up to your claim he is a Christian over the past few weeks of his campaign. Honestly, it appears he has spent an inordinate amount of time studying the Ten Commandments, because he’s broken most of them.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me. We found out Trump once appeared in a softcore porn video produced by Playboy. Women are his favorite objects, simultaneously worshipped and demeaned.
2. You shall make no idols. He alone can fix everything, he is the smartest, best, brightest…he is his own idol.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Michele Bachmann, you, and other surrogates constantly blaspheme to state a candidate is God’s choice. Somehow God is always a republican, but He rarely wins.
4. Keep the Sabbath day holy. You can simply check Trump’s twitter account and see this one is not going well.
5. Honor your father and your mother. I cannot imagine Momma Trump would be happy at all her son spent every day after the debate talking about Ms. Muchado and defending his decision to mock her for gaining weight, much less tweeting to millions to search for her non-existent sex tape online. Nor can I fathom it would have pleased her when he released an ad to appeal to women that said: The most important job a woman can have is being a mother.
6. You shall not murder. Newsweek revealed that Trump and his associates violated the Cuban embargo, illegally pouring money into a country known for its human rights violations, and then Kellyann Conway confirmed it on TV.
7. You shall not commit adultery. Trump bragged he was too classy to bring up Bill Clinton’s affairs, then spent the rest of the week talking about them. On Friday, Trump called the NYT to discuss those affairs and lied that he had never had an affair.
8. You shall not steal. During the debate, he bragged he avoided taxes and implied that people who paid taxes were not smart. The Washington Post revealed his foundation lacks proper certifications to solicit money and was probably operating illegally. Also, there are many stories of him choosing to pay small businesses a fraction of what he owed simply because he knew they were unable to fight him.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. He argued scientific polls were unreliable, lied about his opposition to the Iraq War, claimed Google suppressed negative news about Clinton, called for Obama to not pardon Clinton (although she has not been convicted of a crime), bragged about his role in Birtherism, and probably a lot of others since he was speaking.
10. You shall not covet. Trump said Tuesday that Lester Holt did a “great job” moderating the debate, but later he said Holt rigged the debate for Clinton. It appears once he realized public perception was he had lost, he was unable to graciously accept defeat.
Your family values, model of Right winged Christianity, Mr. Graham. At least he has the Commandments covered!