In October 2009, Franklin Graham was embarrassed enough in public to give up one of his two CEO salaries.
He hasn't, however, given up the perks of the jet-set. Thanks to the brethren over at Ashe Watch, who picked up the information out of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, Graham's Samaritan's Purse has purchased a new 19-seat private jet (cost of a used Falcon 900, according to Ashe Watch: $21-$40 million), which means that Samaritan's Purse must lease more land at the Wilkes County airport and build a new hangar to accommodate the luxury.
Who ever said missionaries should fly coach on public carriers?
Meanwhile, Franklin Graham can't keep from passing judgment on the rest of human creation and just generally throwing around his weight:
1. The speakers at the recent Tucson memorial service, in his view, were not nearly pharisaical enough for his taste (hattip: Ashe Watch too).
2. He thought that President Obama had better intercede with the Pentagon to get Mr. Graham reinvited to the National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon ... or else. (Mr. Graham had been uninvited because of certain incendiary statements he made about all Muslims going to hell, or words to that effect.)
3. Last August he opined that the president who couldn't/wouldn't get him a prominent pharisaical spot at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer bears "the seed of Islam" and is, therefore, you know, fodder for hell.
NOTE: The picture above, incidentally, is the interior of a Falcon 900.