According to an opinion piece published on The Huffington Post newsite, recent homophobic remarks attributed to evangelist Billy Graham were not made by him but by his son.

Steve Knight, founder and CEO of SogoMedia.TV, who worked for Graham for six years, claims in the op. ed. that the remarks are being made by Graham's son Franklin, who is the current president of the evangelism organisation, BGEA, which Billy Graham founded.

Graham is 98 and in the advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease. Knight claims that Franklin Graham's activities are part of an attempt to re-direct the BGEA toward a partisan political stance favouring conservative Republicans, in opposition to his father's policy of strict political neutrality.

"...how things like this continue to work: Franklin Graham (or Franklin and his sister Anne Graham Lotz) have an agenda (in all three of these cases, "traditional marriage"), they get a BGEA copywriter to draft the text, then a BGEA graphic designer does the layout (in the case of the ad), Franklin approves the copy and/or design, then Franklin drives out to Little Piney Cove (Billy's cabin home outside of Asheville, N.C.) and holds the piece of paper in front of Billy and asks, "Daddy, can we publish this?" And Billy nods (or whatever he's capable of doing at this point in his life), and Franklin goes back and publishes this stuff with his good father's name all over it." Knight claims.

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