Billy Graham

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Billy Graham (William Franklin Graham, Jr.) is a prominent American Christian televangelist who, since the 1950s, has served as a religious consultant to a number of U.S. presidents including George W. Bush.[1]

"Recognitions include the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award (2000) for contributions to the cause of freedom; the Congressional Gold Medal (1996); the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion (1982); and the Big Brother Award for his work on behalf of the welfare of children (1966). In 1964 he received the Speaker of the Year Award and was cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations. He was recognized by the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith in 1969 and the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1971 for his efforts to foster a better understanding among all faiths. In December 2001 he was presented with an honorary knighthood, Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), for his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years." [2]

Billy Graham and tobacco issues

A 1974 Tobacco Institute newsletter reported the following information regarding Billy Graham's stance on smoking issues: "In his syndicated column, Billy Graham quoted the view of the U. S. Public Health Service about smoking. He concluded that the custom is "a sin against one's self." [6]

Selected Books



  • A Startling Exposure: Billy Graham and the Church of Rome by Ian R. K. Paisley
  • Billy Graham Reformer? Politician? Preacher? Prophet? A Chronological Record Compiled from Public Sources By the Church League of America 1951-1982.
  • The Assimilation of Evangelist Billy Graham into the Roman Catholic Church by Erwin Wilson.

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Biography: Billy Graham, Evangelist Web site, accessed December 15, 2008
  2. William (Billy) F. Graham, Billy Graham Library, accessed February 2, 2009.
  3. 2007 Annual Report, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, accessed December 15, 2008.
  4. God's Billy Pulpit, Time, accessed February 2, 2009.
  5. Templeton Prize Former Winners, organizational web page, accessed June 13, 2013.
  6. Tobacco Institute Tobacco Institute Newsletter Number 109 October 29, 1974. 8 pp. Bates No. TIMN0116727/6734

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