Billy Graham is an evangelist of the Southern Baptist Convention persuasion. He first became famous in 1949 with an 8-week tent revival which caught the attention of the William Randolph Hearst newspaper chain. He has since staked out a niche as a moderate, "respectable" evangelist, spiritual counselor to many U.S. presidents, and a media go-to person to contrast with the usually scandalous and heavily politicized world of televangelism. He scored a major coup by hiring ex-pinup girl Bettie Page on his staff full-time.
However, his apolitical reputation may be overrated as he was personally very close friends with Richard Nixon, and the Nixon tapes declassified in 2002 include a meeting between the two during which Graham and Nixon discussed a Jewish "stranglehold" on the media. He also showed raging anti-Catholic sentiments during the 1960 Presidential Campaign. His crusades have been well-attended and often turned into local media circus events wherever he appeared. Now quite elderly and suffering from Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer, he has all but retired from evangelism during the past few years.
Despite Religious Right leaders love of him, Billy Graham has committed the ultimate evil: he is a registered Democrat. This will probably doom him in the final days. His son, Franklin Graham, however does not believe Obama is a Christian, so perhaps there is hope for his family's redemption.
Due to recently out of character statements such as supporting North Carolina's Amendment 1 banning same sex marriage and civil unions, supporting the Chick-fil-A appreciation day, and scrubbing any references his website had to Mormonism being a cult before campaigning for Mitt Romney, some conclude that Franklin Graham is making all his decisions. . And when asked whether Billy Graham would speak publically to confirm statements in his name, Franklin Graham replied “That ain’t gonna happen. I can promise you that.”
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- ↑ Watch Franklin Graham Question President Obama’s Faith, Explain Why Mormons Aren’t Christian On Morning Joe
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- ↑ Franklin Graham's fire sale at Montreat Slacktivist
- ↑ Billy Graham is not an anti-gay bigot Steve Knight, Huffington Post
- ↑ Billy Graham didn't go to Chick-Fil-A and he didn't tell you to go there either Slacktivist