My, how the culture has changed. Billy Graham -- who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Selma and who has ranked highly on Gallup's annual "Most Admired" list for six decades -- passed away today at the age of 99.
Millions were touched by Graham, who, as "America's pastor" as well as a friend to celebrities and world leaders, eschewed the pitfalls of evangelical politics and instead preached a simple and consistent message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, the culture is evolving -- or rather, devolving -- and those contemporarily influential upon the young preach from a very different vantage point: that of intolerant sociopolitical leftism.
In response to the news of Graham's passing, Lauren Duca -- writer for Teen Vogue -- posted an unbelievably vile farewell on Twitter:
"The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, bitch."
Reacting to an unsurprising backlash, the left-winger -- who evidently is completely ignorant of who Billy Graham was -- doubled down on her hate:
"'Respecting the dead' only applies to people who weren't evil pieces of shit while they were living, thanks."
Incredible. Duca has been welcomed to shows on NBC and MSNBC, and has appeared at least six times on CNN, as well as a memorably embarassing appearance or two on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal offered similar ignorance in light of Graham's death, hoping that the "anti-semite" "rots in hell."
Salon contributor John Semley wrote:
"RIP billy graham. now he's reading the scripture in hell baby!"
Cartoonist Jeph Jaques said Graham would be in good company with former Supreme Court Justice -- and noted conservative -- Antonin Scalia, in hell.
Lastly, "comedian" Alex Edelman posted a similar sentiment:
Our culture once highly regarded Billy Graham's message of love, forgiveness, and salvation. Today, the culture is embracing abject, vile hate. And it isn't coming from the Right.