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Sunday, March 04, 2018

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Lowell

My father was part of BG's first crusade in Los Angeles in 1948 (or may '47). My mother taught at the Billy Graham School of Writing and he wrote the forward to several of her books. I sold newspapers at one of his crusades in the Rose Bowl and made enough money to buy my first watch.

He was very personable and charming. He was also a rigid fundamentalist who preached a warped version of the Gospel and played on the emotions to get people to "come forward" and be "saved." Why the U.S. Government feels it necessary to lower the flag in his memory is beyond me. What did he ever do for this country? There are thousands of people working behind the scenes who deserve such a mark of respect long before Graham. More importantly, such signs of respect blur the very necessary line that separates church and state.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! :) I don't dislike him, I just think the accolades are way out of proportion to his actual achievements. The U.S. Government should not care how many people he "saved" around the world or how many folks came to his crusades. Unfortunately, there's more: HIs son, Franklin, is a bigoted, harsh, fundamentalist preacher who believes his version of Christianity ought be the "official" religion of the U.S. Franklin is a black mark on Graham's record.

William Kendall

There'll never be another one like him.

His son seems to have tarnished his father's reputation by being political.

Lowell

Hi Jan. I'm sorry that my comment was so short. I could go on and on but decided you'd probably prefer I not do that. As a retired clergy and biblical student and one who believe we must follow where the evidence leads when we're studying either clergy or their holy books, I'd recommend you look at Earl Doherty's work. You can find it on line or buy his book, "Jesus Neither God Nor Man - The Case For A Mythical Jesus." The first version is easier to read but the second, later version has much more substance. I think the first version was called "The Jesus Puzzle." If you're interested and can refute Doherty's conclusions, let me know. OK? :)

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