Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Billy Graham’s Good Points

OK, I will say right up front that  there are a LOT of things I do not like about Billy Graham. That however, is a topic for a different day. I think it is a good idea to recognize some good even in people you don't admire.

  1. From the earliest days of his ministry, Billy Graham had *independent* accountants keeping track of the money- so Rev. Graham has avoided any financial scandal for over a half century. Many would do well to follow his example.
  2. Immediately after the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, Graham ordered that seating at all his public appearances be integrated. (That was *not* a universally popular position to take at the time)
  3. Once, when Martin Luther King was arrested in the early 60s, Graham paid King's bail.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I retired to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in late 2004, lost damn near everything I owned in Hurricane Katrina, fled back to Knoxville, TN, in time for my father to die and my mother to be diagnosed with late stage colon cancer (she lived eight months).

While I was in Knoxville (3 years), Billy Graham's traveling circus was invited to come to Knoxville for a "crusade." A friend of mine was deeply involved in the planning and execution and FUND-RAISING for this "crusade."

First, the organization in Knoxville that sponsored Graham had to come up with $200,000 before the Graham crowd would consider coming.

Next, the Graham demands were like something you'd expect of a gang of rock stars: Limos dedicated to them day and night; first class hotels; room service; specified food and drink; and on and on and on.

Best part was that 95% (my estimate) of the people at their dog-and-pony shows were church folks, none of whom needed "saving."

About the same time the Graham show rolled into town, a local food pantry-homeless shelter-soup kitchen announced they were about to close down for lack of funding. I commented to my friend that the $200,000 Graham wanted would have gone a long way to helping poor people. He was not amused.

Screw 'em.

by Old Redneck on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 07:36:21 PM PDT