Billy Graham and the Talking CowI ran across this story about a bit of a disagreement that Billy Graham is having with his son Franklin (you know the next Billy Graham). It's really interesting and extremely disturbing.
The family dispute is centered on where Billy and his Ruth should be buried after they pass away. Ruth Graham has told her children that she wants to be buried in a spot she picked out in the mountains where they lived as a family when the kids were growing up. Franklin has other plans though...
The building is not a library, she says, but a large barn and silo -- a reminder of Billy Graham's early childhood on a dairy farm near Charlotte. Once it's completed in the spring, visitors will pass through a 40-foot-high glass entry cut in the shape of a cross and be greeted by a mechanical talking cow. They will follow a path of straw through rooms full of exhibits. At the end of the tour, they will be pointed toward a stone walk, also in the shape of a cross, that leads to a garden where the bodies of Billy and Ruth Graham could lie.
Throughout the tour, there will be several opportunities for people to put their names on a mailing list.
"The whole purpose of this evangelistic experience is fund-raising,"
I realize that this sounds ridiculous and yet it's very true.
This is causing MAJOR problems within the Graham family as one might expect. Ned, Franklin's younger brother, stands with his mom and has even gotten a notarized statement from his mom to assure that she's not buried next to the talking cow. Billy's not sure what he thinks and Franklin's in some office somewhere telling people what the cow might be saying.
It really is a must read and it will be VERY interesting to see what happens and what it does to the Graham legacy.