The Vomit Awards
- Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham is a well known Christian figure, because his father, Billy Graham, is a famous and respected Christian evangelist. Franklin Graham is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan's Purse ministries.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed laws that made promotion of homosexuality to minors a crime. After the anti-gay law was enacted, there was an increase in reported violence against gay, lesbian and bisexual Russians. News reports indicate people suspected of being gay have faced abduction, threats, harassment and physical assaults.
Franklin Graham, your ministry, the Samaritan's Purse, says the Samaritan's Purse is "helping in Jesus' name." Unfortunately, Franklin Graham, your support of the oppression of gay people in Russia is hurting in Jesus' name. We call on you to stop hurting in Jesus name and to be a positive force for Christianity, not a force supporting oppression, discrimination and violence. Your support of homophobic policies bring disgrace to the Graham name. Because of your support for Russia's anti-gay legislation, Franklin Graham, we bestow upon you the "You Make Jesus Vomit Award," commonly known as the Pukey.
When you meet Jesus, the Master may say to you, "I was afraid, degraded, dehumanized and bashed and you supported the laws that encouraged people to harm me." Franklin, you can come just as you are, repent and receive forgiveness.
Links to a few news articles about Franklin Graham and human rights concerns in Russia appear below: