I first became curious about Billy Graham in March, Like anyone else in our culture, I had been aware of his fame, his frequent appearances with presidents and his well-attended crusades, but an Associated Press story caught my eye. It said that recently released transcripts of taped conversations in the Nixon White House included an exchange between the preacher and the President, in , about the malevolent influence of Jews in the United States.
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Graham was forgiven. Do we automatically knock down a buddy who tells a dumb blonde joke, a Polish joke, an immigrant tale? We should, but do we? Not always. Graham is human too. He was the President of the United States of America. But I was curious. As an investigative reporter with, then, fifteen years of experience under my belt, I was well aware that news stories rarely contain all the facts, if for no other reason than the limitations of space.
I wondered about the context of the conversation, where it began and where it ended.
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So I obtained the transcript. I learned that the conversation had lasted an hour and a half, had rarely strayed from denunciation of Jews and had been led by Graham.
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That astonished me. Moreover, twenty minutes of conversation had been redacted before release. What, I wondered, had been suppressed?
I knew he had been more or less close to every president since Eisenhower. Later I would learn about his relationship with Truman. After Eisenhower was elected in , Graham took a more active role in his support for the war by visiting troops in Korea.
When he preached at his arena evangelistic crusades, Graham became one of the best US assets in its war on communism. Christianity is a supernatural power too, and gets its power from the Lord. He affirmed this idea as he developed his theological attacks during the Cold War.
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There have been anti-god movements but never one on the scale of communism. In he began to publish Christianity Today, one the most influential religious publications of the 20th Century. By this time Bell had developed a close relationship with the Rockefellers and other oil barons who were increasingly interested in oil discoveries in Latin America. The only problem was that most of the oil was on indigenous land. Graham was on the board of the Wycliffe Bible Translators WBT , an organization that assisted oil companies in gaining access to indigenous lands, often with the help of military dictatorships.
The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire
While not a fan of Kennedy, Graham continued is White House connection during the Johnson years, but found his biggest ally in Richard Nixon. More than any other US president, Nixon used Graham as an ambassador abroad. The other area of the book that deserves attention is how Bothwell juxtaposed the positions of Graham and another religious leader of his era, Martin Luther King Jr.
No matter what the law may be — it may be an unjust law — I believe we have a Christian responsibility to obey it. Otherwise you have anarchy. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. Updated to include newly available information, and selected book recommendations and reviews by the author.
Product Details About the Author. About the Author Cecil Bothwell was elected to Asheville's City Council in following efforts by self-styled "Christians" actually gambling interests and white supremacists first to defeat him through a smear campaign, and then to enforce a relict phrase in the NC constitution banning office holders who "shall deny the being of Almighty God.
He is an investigative reporter and biographer based in Asheville, North Carolina, and has received national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting, criticism and humorous commentary. He is former news editor of Asheville City Paper, former managing editor of Asheville's Mountain Xpress and founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal Heartstone, he served for several years as a member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and currently serves on the boards of two international educational nonprofit organizations working in Latin America.
His weekly radio and print journal, Duck Soup: Essays on the Submerging Culture, remained in syndication for ten years.
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