Billy Graham

“I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”  Billy Graham 1981

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7 thoughts on “Billy Graham

  1. Great post. I understand Lavendar’s point, but this is a prediction of what has happened that apparently he did not want to happen. I think he was lamenting being used by Richard Nixon to dress up Nixon’s shortcomings.

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    1. Good point.

      Religion has used politics; and politics has used religion in order to get what they wanted accomplished. The Internet has allowed for the spread of information and ideology much quicker. And reporters aren’t what they used to be.

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  2. Agreed. I just watched a great documentary called “Herblock” about the legendary political cartoonist for the Washington Post. He was eerily accurate on his lampoons, especially of McCarthy, racism, Vietnam, Nixon etc. usually before others saw the issue. He noted many moons ago about the money influence and the need for a free, earnest press to keep politicians honest. Before he died, he commented on people using their own source of information, so it is even harder to hold politicians accountable.

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    1. I remember his editorial cartoons. The Library of Congress has some online including several that are still relevant today. I know he searched for the truth and the documentation to prove that truth, and stated, “I’ve often summed up the role of the cartoonist as that of the boy in the Hans Christian Andersen story who says the emperor has no clothes on. And that seemed to be just what was called for during this phase of the “imperial presidency.””

      How does people using their own sources of information to search for facts and proof makes it harder to hold politician’s accountable?

      Links:
      Herblock Enduring Outrage Display (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/herblock-enduring-outrage/index.html)
      Herblock Extremism (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/herblock-enduring-outrage/extremism.html)
      Herblock Cartoon (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/herblocks-history/cartoon.html)

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      1. Thanks for the links. His work is missed and you are right about the lack of watchdogs. Now folks are discounted if they dissent. Our leaders in NC just label you and move on with what they want to do. They fact they are being sued for unconstitutional legislation is just due to activist judges.

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