Yes, I know. That’s a “dog bites man” headline if ever I wrote one. Responding to President Obama’s tepid but important announcement of support for marriage equality, Graham released a statement saying that the president had “shaken his fist” at God. And there’s an odd twist on a familiar but false claim:
“While the move to pass amendments defining marriage is relatively new, the definition of marriage is 8,000 years old and was defined not by man, but by God Himself,” Graham said in a statement. “In changing his position from that of senator/candidate Obama, President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage. It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more.”
Wait, 8,000 years? Where does that come from? Even the usual Christian nonsense on this is 6,000 years. Where did 8,000 come from? And by what possible method could it be derived? The 6,000 year figure comes from adding up all the ages of the patriarchs in the Bible. Did Graham discover 100 more generations that no one else has? Or a document showing that God invented marriage 2,000 years before he created Adam and Eve? Even from a Christian perspective, this is weird.