Wednesday, August 22, 2007

If Christianity Is Correct, This Post Better Buy Us Some Slack Come Judgement Day

The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy is currently receiving stellar reviews, a TIME Magazine cover story, as well as a place on the New York Times bestseller list. Here's an old interview with the good Reverend...conducted by the agnostic Woody Allen!

A few Billy Graham fun facts, care of Wikipedia:

1. He has not completely allied himself with the religious right, saying that Jesus did not have a political party.

2. Graham opposed segregation during the 1960s and refused to speak to segregated auditoriums, once dramatically tearing down the ropes that organizers had erected to separate the audience. He paid bail money to secure the release of Martin Luther King from jail in the American South during the 1960s civil rights struggle; he invited King to join him in the pulpit at his 16-week revival in New York City in 1957.

3. Graham would not allow himself to be seen or photographed in public with his daughters (or any other women) without his wife, Ruth, present. He did not want to give any sort of impression of marital infidelity. When then-First Lady of Arkansas Hillary Clinton invited him to lunch as he arrived in Little Rock for a crusade in 1989, Graham declined and said, "I don't eat with beautiful women alone" and met her in a hotel dining room instead.