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Published: 02/22/11

Glenn Beck Meets Billy Graham, Later Blasts the Left as 'Evil'

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Glenn Beck Meets Billy Graham, Later Blasts the Left as 'Evil'

Controversial Fox News host Glenn Beck met quietly with the aging and revered evangelist Billy Graham on Saturday and said that after their three-hour encounter he is convinced that the political left -- including "the average Democrat" -- is "standing now with profound and clear evil." "In sitting there and speaking to Reverend Graham, I thought, here is a man who has been all around the world," Beck explained on his website on Tuesday, apparently a transcript of comments made on his radio show on Monday. "Here's a man who has seen it all. Here's a man who's done profound good. One of the...

Published: 01/24/11

Billy Graham's Regret: 'I Would Have Steered Clear of Politics'

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Billy Graham's Regret: 'I Would Have Steered Clear of Politics'

Billy Graham, the beloved evangelist known as "America's pastor," says that looking back on his long life and public ministry, one thing he would do differently is to avoid the political entanglements that have been one of the rare blots on his otherwise hallowed legacy. "I . . . would have steered clear of politics," Graham, now 92 and in need of round-the-clock care, said via e-mail in response to questions from Christianity Today, the evangelical monthly he founded in the 1950s. Graham also said that if he could go back and do anything differently he would "spend more time at home with my...

Published: 12/20/10

George and Laura Bush Visit Billy Graham, Friend and Spiritual Mentor

By  Mary C. Curtis - Politics Daily
George and Laura Bush Visit Billy Graham, Friend and Spiritual Mentor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Make that four presidents who have traveled to the Billy Graham Library. On Monday, President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, met with the evangelist and his son, Franklin Graham, before signing copies of their books for a waiting crowd. Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, joined former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to attend the 2007 library dedication. On Saturday, hundreds stood in a wet, nasty chill to reserve copies of "Decision Points," Bush's best-seller, and "Spoken From the Heart," by the former first lady; 1,000 wristbands sold out in a few...

Published: 11/6/10

Billy Graham at 92: Faithful Honor the Man and His Message

By  Mary C. Curtis - Politics Daily
Billy Graham at 92: Faithful Honor the Man and His Message

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Billy Graham has been called "America's pastor." That notion might seem odd in a pluralistic society where Constitution, law and custom guarantee freedom of and from religion. But consider the 12 presidents -- including President Barack Obama, who visited his Montreat, N.C., mountaintop home in April -- that the Rev. Graham has met or ministered to, and you recognize the power of the message and the man. He is a man of faith spreading the gospel, one who has been honored by heads of state across continents. Early on, he recognized the pull of mass media and used it to...

Published: 09/17/10

Is Glenn Beck the Next Billy Graham? For a Few. (Maybe Too Few?)

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Is Glenn Beck the Next Billy Graham? For a Few. (Maybe Too Few?)

After Fox News host Glenn Beck led his spirit-filled "Restoring Honor" revival on the Mall last month, he seemed to be reinventing himself as an American Moses delivering America back to the Promised Land -- or perhaps the next Billy Graham, as Southern Baptist leader Richard Land suggested. Yet a new poll shows that Beck isn't quite yet a figure of biblical proportions, with 17 percent of Americans believing Beck "is the right person to lead a religious movement" and 50 percent saying he's not. Even among Republicans and white evangelicals, a highly motivated cohort of conservative voters...

Published: 05/25/10

Ann Curry Cites Wrong School's Alumni in Speech

By  Amy Ayres - AOL News
Ann Curry Cites Wrong School's Alumni in Speech

(May 25) -- Talk about most embarrassing moments. In a commencement speech to graduates at Wheaton College in Massachusetts on Saturday, the "Today" show's Ann Curry named some of the famous alumni they were joining. Unfortunately, the graduates she named, including the Rev. Billy Graham, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and horror movie director Wes Craven, went to a different Wheaton College -- a Christian school in Illinois with the same name. The news anchor later apologized in an open letter posted on Wheaton's website. Wheaton College 175th Commencement from Lisa Nelson on...

Published: 05/5/10

Graham v. Obama: Preacher's Kid Knocks President Over Islam Stance

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Graham v. Obama: Preacher's Kid Knocks President Over Islam Stance

Evangelist Billy Graham is 91 years old now and spends his waning days at his mountaintop retreat in North Carolina meeting -- when his health permits -- with fortunate pols like Sarah Palin, as he did last November, or Barack Obama, as he did last week. But "America's Pastor" largely stays out of partisan politics these days, preferring to meet leaders of either party for some spiritual counseling and a photo-op. Not so Billy Graham's son and heir apparent, Franklin Graham. The younger Graham attended the April 25 meeting between his father and the president in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and...

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Published: 04/25/10

Obama Pays His First Visit to Billy Graham, Prays With Him

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Obama Pays His First Visit to Billy Graham, Prays With Him

President Obama had his first meeting with Rev. Billy Graham on Sunday, stopping at the Blue Ridge Mountains retreat of the 91-year old evangelist on his way to West Virginia to eulogize the 29 coal miners who died there. "The President had a private prayer and conversation with Rev. Graham," said White House spokesman Bill Burton. "He is extraordinarily gratified that he took the time to meet with him." Graham issued a statement after the meeting, saying ""I am pleased to have had President Obama in my home this afternoon. I want to encourage Christians everywhere to pray for our president...

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Published: 12/15/09

Sarah Palin's Early Christmas Gift: A Free Ride on Franklin Graham's Charity Jet

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Sarah Palin's Early Christmas Gift: A Free Ride on Franklin Graham's Charity Jet

No one would mistake Sarah Palin for a charity case, given the multimillion-dollar advance she received for "Going Rogue" and the dollars she can command as perhaps the most sought-after Republican speaker on the circuit. But Franklin Graham, son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham and founder of the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse, apparently thought she could use a helping hand. So when Palin said she wanted to meet the elder Graham for some face time and a politically potent photo-op at Billy Graham's mountaintop home in North Carolina last month, Franklin...

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Published: 11/28/09

Sarah Palin's Visit with Billy Graham: Dinner, Prayer and a Photo-Op

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Sarah Palin's Visit with Billy Graham: Dinner, Prayer and a Photo-Op

Sarah Palin has been to the mountaintop -- that would be the mountaintop in western North Carolina where Billy Graham, "America's Pastor," is spending his waning years. But even at 91, halt of gait and hard of hearing, Graham still enjoys counseling prominent politicians, and they in turn are eager to seek his advice, and a photo op. Hence Palin's visit to Graham for Sunday dinner last weekend. Whether Palin's pilgrimage to the Graham home in Montreat means she will see the Promised Land of presidential victory remains an open question (with the answer handicapped here by my oddsmaking...

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