Billy’s legacy

Another scrap from the infamous Andrew Sullivan:

MISSING BILLY GRAHAM: It may or may not be his last crusade, but I have always admired Bill Graham’s passionate but humane evangelicalism, his ability to reach out rather than condemn, his call to overcome our own deficiencies before we point out and excoriate others‘. His refusal to meld his religion with a political ideology is now an anachronism, as contemporary Christianism has fused with a political party in condemnatory bitterness. But Graham shows what true Christianity is. And how it has become in danger of being eclipsed by the hubris of Dobson and the expedience of Rove.

All’s forgotten. To homocons like Sullivan Billy Graham has become the role model of a „compassionate evangelism.“ For in his 1997 San Francisco Crusade (sic!) he declared that „whatever your background, whatever your sexual orientation, we welcome you here tonight.“

Only one year before, there had been a very embarrassing moment in Graham’s life: the secret Nixon tape recordings were released from the archives. In one snippet, dating from 1972, Rev. Billy Graham talks to President Richard Nixon about the Jews in the media:

BG: This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.

RN: You believe that?

BG: Yes, sir.

RN: Oh, boy. So do I. I can‘t ever say that, but I believe it.

BG: No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something.

Later, in the course of the same conversation, Graham says:

„A lot of the Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me because they know that I‘m friendly with Israel. But they don‘t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country. And I have no power, no way to handle them, but I would stand up if under proper circumstances.“

Perhaps Graham has changed his mind since then. After all, he apologized for these remarks when they became public more than 30 years later. And on a different occasion he also apologized for once saying that „all homosexuals should be castrated“. But does he really mean it?

Probably that doesn‘t matter anyway, because this weekend Graham finally stepped down from his religious mission due to age and disease. He leaves behind the Billy Graham Evangelist Association. In August 2000 it invited Rev. Tim Wilkins to a mass event at Amsterdam:

Wilkins, once gay, is now happily married with an infant daughter. He spoke on „Loving and Reaching the Gay Community.“ Said Wilkins, „I am ashamed of my past homosexuality, but I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ!“
Wilkins said, „The Bible is clear that homosexuality is sin, but forgiveness of sin and freedom from sin are available in Christ.“ Because many ministers are unaware of gays in their churches or audiences, evangelists were told that many gays are „invisible“; said Wilkins, „those with unwanted same-sex attractions do not wear signs on their clothing reading ‘I am gay.‘ They need you to tell them that Christ loves them and wants to restore them.“

Oh Andrew, you‘re such a cuckold!

1 Antwort auf „Billy’s legacy“

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 maledei 29. Juni 2005 um 12:09 Uhr

    er ist wie feddersens lehrmeister:

    This is how the new brownshirts are making progress. First they take over the streets with thuggery. Then they kill politicians. And Europe is – surprise! – appeasing them. And then I see the president of the United States holding hands with the Arab dictator whose oil money is financing the propagation of this fascism. We have been here before. What part of „Never Again“ does Europe not understand?

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