June 25, 2009
Nixon and the Jews, Billy Graham and the ‘Synagogue of Satan’
No one ever accused President Richard Nixon of having lots of Jewish friends. His paranoia about Jewish influence and their drugs was, to say the least, disconcerting. And the release yesterday of 150 hours of additional Nixon tapes seems to have affirmed what many Jews already believed.
A segment of the tapes getting the most attention concerns a conversation between Nixon and the Rev. Billy Graham.
From JTA’s Capital J blog:
JTA’s writer, Eric Fingerhut, then goes on to mention Graham’s promotion of the efforts of Jews for Jesus, which are “frightening” young Jews into converting and he mentions Graham’s reference to the “Synagogue of Satan.” The latter comment is what really seems to have Billy Graham, the most influential Christian leader of the 20th century, in trouble.
To start with, Synagogue of Satan is a favored phrase of those trying to warn the world of Jewish plans for global domination. Here’s one book by that title and another web page from the conspiracy theorist Texe Marrs dedicated to exposing the Jew World Order. But is the phrase patently anti-Semitic or is it something that varies in its offensiveness depending on the context?
Billy Graham’s spokesman, A. Larry Ross, would argue the latter:
This doesn’t answer the question of whether Graham harbored anti-Semitic beliefs. But it is a reasonable explanation for why he would use such an expression. And it certainly is the kind of expression that a preacher, as opposed to a lay person, would be more likely to use in conversation.
Regardless of what Graham, who is 90, truly felt about Jews, he may have a hard time now convincing people that he was any different than Nixon in his suspicion of “God’s timepiece.”
“While never expressing these views in public,” ADL director Abe Foxman said, “Rev. Graham unabashedly held forth with the president with age-old classical anti-Semitic canard