Franklin Graham – the son of pastor Billy Graham and heir to his evangelical empire – has gone vegan.
That’s right: Perhaps the US’s best-known evangelical leader has stopped consuming animal products.
If that statement seems too outrageous to be believed see his Facebook announcement for yourself.
What brought about such a change in the man who will lead a prayer at Donald Trump’s inauguration?
Almost all of what he discussed in his original announcement and his follow-up tweets has to do with his health.
And this is a very sound strategy: A plant-based diet is tremendous as a bulwark against everything from cancer to heart disease.
Graham also invoked the Bible in his Facebook statement – pointing out that when ‘Daniel went on a complete vegetable diet and after 10 days his appearance was better than the others who hadn’t’.
But the Bible has even more interesting things to say about animal products and our eating habits.
Is Franklin Graham directing his life to reflect this traditionally-Christian concern for animals?
Refusing to eat them for health reasons is a good start but a recent tweet by Graham hints that more may be going on here.
It displays the photo of a pig’s head and its half-eaten carcass with the line ‘Can you believe I used to eat this?’