Billy Graham Wouldn’t Have Supported Rosa Parks

Source: Huffington Post

BY Anthea Butler

Evangelical preacher Billy Graham was lain in honor Wednesday in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Graham is the first American religious leader to be accorded that status, and the first private citizen since civil rights icon Rosa Parks was honored in 2005.

Parks and Graham would not have seen eye to eye on many things, and that is a fact worth discussing amid the remembrances of Graham’s life.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, stands near the casket of the late Reverend Billy Graham during a service at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Graham, the Christian evangelist who preached to more than 200 million people in 185 countries and became the confidant of world leaders including every U.S. president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, died at age 99 on February, 21. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Graham promoted a white evangelical respectability that wanted to “put the brakes” on the civil rights movement, and never really accepted women as equal to men. He may have been the country’s greatest evangelist, but he was also an apologist for the racist and sexist beliefs pervasive among white evangelical men in 20th-century America.

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