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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Christian Crusade

Does anyone else find the fact that Billy Graham termed this tour his"New York Area Crusade" a bit disturbing? At the very least, the term "Crusade" is an unfortunate choice of words, in view of its historical connotations for Jews and Muslims. But I'm surprised more people haven't been bothered by this.


Blogger Kiki said...

i for one find it offensive. But then people bandy about words that have such high impact, without a second glance. A strict teacher - oh she's a Nazi.....etc

People these days have it so good that they fail to see anything wrong in using such terminology.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wheres the ADL on this one?

11:21 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

My recollection is that he generally calls his revival meetings "crusades" and has done so for decades. Take a look at the website for his organization: Billy Graham. When I searched for "crusade" I came across several citations, including one mentioning a 1949 crusade

12:49 AM  
Blogger GoldaLeah said...

Rebecca is right -- Billy Graham revivals have always been called "The Billy Graham Crusade for Christ" or some take on that title. I remember those awful nights when the Crusade ran on TV. I was a kid and we only had the three network television stations. You could always count on the other two stations running crap when the Crusade was on the third.

1:13 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

I am aware. I just find the term an unfortunate one for a Christian to choose, and being as I live in the NY area, it hits close to home. What I envision when I hear "NY area Crusade" is not a pretty picture.

7:35 AM  
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