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'Clarifying' Graham's Anti-Semitic Remarks

April 08, 2002

If the Rev. Franklin Graham's defense of his father's anti-Semitic remarks were correctly reported, the son has apparently inherited his once-esteemed father's foot-in-mouth disease ("Billy Graham Remarks Misconstrued, Son Says," April 4). As if getting caught in the act of Jew-bashing wasn't bad enough, now Franklin tells us the following:

Billy wasn't talking about all Jews, just those nasty, nefarious ones who controlled the media (obviously to the detriment of the Christian majority). I'll bet some of his best friends are Jewish too.

Billy's remarks were taken out of context. I'd like to know in what context those anti-Semitic canards could be acceptable.

Billy is really the victim because he thought his spurious remarks were said in private and his "confidence was broken." Poor guy--he got caught!

Franklin Graham does his father no service by suggesting that his anti-Semitic comments were either justified or not so bad. Shame on both father and son.

Barbara H. Bergen

Los Angeles

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