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Graham's Son Says Father's Words Misused

April 06, 2002|From Times Wire Services

After evangelist Billy Graham apologized for anti-Jewish remarks made to President Nixon 30 years ago, his son said his remarks were taken out of context and were not aimed at all Jews.

Franklin Graham, the handpicked successor to his father's evangelism empire, told the Charlotte Observer this week that the 1972 Oval Office conversation was private and never should have been made public.

"Any time you have a private conversation with anybody and it's taped and released, your confidence has been broken," the younger Graham said.

Billy Graham, a confidant and spiritual advisor to several presidents, reportedly told Nixon that Jews controlled the American media. "This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain," the evangelist said at the time.

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