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Billy James Hargis

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Billy James Hargis (1925–2004) was a radio preacher, Christian college founder, and head of a pressure group called the "Christian Crusade" (sort of an early precursor to the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition) who railed against the evils of communism, sex education, and rock & roll corrupting the morals of America's youth. His empire collapsed in 1974 after (why oh why is this so predictable?) a sex scandal, when students from his Christian college came forward to reveal that they had both lost their virginity to Billy James Hargis. Even more bizarre, the two students who came forward were a married couple who had admitted this to each other on their honeymoon.[1]

Hargis was closely associated with the John Birch Society, going on evangelism tours in coordination with the JBS.[2]:100,144,157,201,213

One of his associates (David Noebel) was the author of two books published by the Christian Crusade claiming the Beatles were a communist plot to brainwash America's youth into placidly accepting Soviet rule using hypnotism and demonic jungle rhythms.

Radio host Don Imus has often included a televangelist character named "Billy Sol Hargis" in some of his material.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. Religion: The Sins of Billy James (Feb. 16, 1976) Time (archived from September 23, 2009).
  2. Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right by Matthew Dallek (2023) Basic Books. ISBN 1541673565.
  3. WNBC 66 New York - Billy Sol Hargis - Don Imus - November 1972 (Mar 26, 2018) YouTube.