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Billy Graham RIP [Feb. 22nd, 2018|09:56 am]
Tony Grist
I don't think Billy Graham was wrong exactly. If you want to change the world you have to start with yourself. That's what he was saying- only it came out as "you need to let Jesus into your heart"- and, of course, there was cultural baggage attached. He had a simple message for complicated times- but if he'd been as wise as a serpent as well as innocent as a dove he might have avoided sharing a platform with Richard Nixon. No-one ever questioned his fundamental decency. 

In his pomp he could have duked it out with the Pope and the Dalai Lama as to who was the world's most famous religious leader- and might well have won.  If he had died back then it would have been all over the media. As it was he slipped away so quietly that the British press barely noticed.  His obituary in the Guardian was written by a man who died in 2007- which is a measure of the extent to which he had outlived his era.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-02-22 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but I do not believe that any true Man of God would be racist or a Jew hater. and he was, when his facade slipped.

But then, I guess no one is perfect.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-22 03:43 pm (UTC)
It's a mixed record.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-02-22 07:20 pm (UTC)
"He complimented the McCarthy committee, noting, 'I thank God for the men and women who, in the face of public denouncement and ridicule, go loyally on in their work of exposing the pinks, the lavenders and the reds who have sought refuges beneath the wings of the American eagle.'"

and this:
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/6-awful-details-omitted-billy-grahams-fawning-obituaries/

Edited at 2018-02-22 07:23 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-22 08:34 pm (UTC)
He was ignorant and incurious. He didn't look very deeply into things. His support for McCarthy- and later for Nixon- was naïve at best.

I'm trying to be fair. On a personal level I find most of what he stood for deeply unattractive.
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