Dear Mr. Graham, Let me Introduce you to Some Friends….

A powerful heartfelt response to Franklin Graham’s comments last week.

Marilyn R. Gardner


Dear Mr. Graham,

I’d like to introduce you to some friends of mine. 

The first friend is Golnaz. Golnaz is a bright and beautiful young woman from Iran. My husband first met her while working on a project at Harvard University. It was an instant friendship and soon after he met her, he invited her to come to our home. We got to know her and her young son, inviting them to Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas open houses. At the time, Golnaz was single-parenting. She had no family around, and little community. In the seven years we have known her, we have watched her get a masters degree, work through the difficulties of a complicated divorce, and raise an amazing son.

Here’s another set of friends: They live in San Diego in a lovely home that they open up to us whenever we are in the area. Rehan is a brilliant geneticist…

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One thought on “Dear Mr. Graham, Let me Introduce you to Some Friends….

  1. Some very powerful words here Steve. As soon as we personalise the “other”, and challenge fear, perspective just has to change as we are met by the reality of beautiful people who we respect deeply even while disagreeing with profoundly.


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