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Billy Graham and Amendment 1: A Tarnished Legacy

May 4, 2012

From John Becker at HuffPo:

Billy Graham forged himself a place in history decades ago; he had absolutely nothing to gain by weighing in on the battle over North Carolina’s Amendment 1. It’s a shame that when confronted with the choice between preserving his popular image as a venerable, unifying figure and mounting one last crusade against the LGBT community, Billy Graham chose the latter. It says a lot about the man’s true character that he selected for what may be his final public gesture an act of malice, divisiveness, and discrimination.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. RBM permalink
    May 5, 2012 9:31 am

    This is a good example of someone who has gotten ‘stuck’ in his learning path. It’s a common occurrence. In this case, the Media decided to cover it, which doesn’t happen with Joe Schmoe.

  2. mergatroyd permalink
    May 5, 2012 12:38 pm

    I do not at all believe that establishing or enhancing his personal image was ever a motivation for Billy Graham. He worked to advance the cause of Christ.

    • RBM permalink
      May 5, 2012 1:28 pm

      I reiterate:

      This is a good example of someone who has gotten ‘stuck’ in his learning path. It’s a common occurrence. In this case, the Media decided to cover it, which doesn’t happen with Joe Schmoe.

      Additional clarification:
      Religion is man-made.
      All individuals have their own subjective reality, which includes the EGO.
      NO ONE can make someone else change their mind on a matter >> Ultimately !

      • May 5, 2012 5:12 pm

        That would mean we are all, to some extent, authoritarian.

  3. RBM permalink
    May 5, 2012 8:44 pm

    I’m not getting that assertion … how ?

    • May 6, 2012 11:23 am

      Sorry it’s taking so long to get back to you. Authoritarians, by definition, have no interest in being persuaded. Therefore, their minds are closed. Anyone not interested in modifying their subjective view of reality is therefore somewhat authoritarian.

      • RBM permalink
        May 6, 2012 12:12 pm

        Hahaha, busy blog here, lately.

        Authoritarians, by definition, have no interest in being persuaded. Therefore, their minds are closed

        Yes, I totally agree with this observation.

        Anyone not interested in modifying their subjective view of reality is therefore somewhat authoritarian.

        Assuming this is true, I’d agree. There are difficulties in a text medium of making such a determination, for example, as in my writing style.

        To continue on some details of my writing style.

        My typical statements of ‘MBT information’ are stated as absolute. This is copied from hypothesis development as used in the scientific method; that function is to provide a test of ‘confirm/deny’, It is opaque to a reader in any given instance. The only way to minimize the opaqueness is through back-and-forth dialog exchange. Such exchange however allows entry into other such obstacles, depending on that reader.

        I think this experience is fine tuning my attentiveness to feedback, for one thing.

  4. RBM permalink
    May 6, 2012 12:18 pm

    P.S,
    Re ‘somewhat authoritarian’

    Consider the point of a continuum of authoritarian, from zero to max. At some point on that continuum ‘somewhat authoritarian’ becomes meaningless use the phrase in a positive form and more useful to use the negative form – not (reallllly) authoritarian.

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