Thursday, July 17, 2008

Things Protestants like: Billy Graham

You can criticize Pope Benedict. Or Desmond Tutu. Or Mother Teresa. Or a president. But woe to you if you criticize Billy Graham. Because among the things Protestants have liked for some 60 years Billy Graham ranks right up there.

I suspect part of the love Protestants have to Graham stems from a 1950s anti-communism fervor and that sort of got settled into Protestant bones, and has never gone away. But Graham remains popular and well-loved. At least for those of a certain age. Younger Protestants, who have no memories of the vast gatherings Graham used to speak to, have less fervent feelings for him. But Graham's statements on various issues are still guaranteed attention.

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