Billy Graham, political operative

"Now Watergate does not bother me,” sang Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant in the unofficial Alabama state anthem, “Does your conscience bother you?” When the Watergate break-in turned into a presidency-threatening scandal in 1973, it clearly bothered Billy Graham’s conscience. Condemned as a “court prophet” and criticized as a Republican stooge, Graham regretted his political alliance with Richard Nixon. Nevertheless, he refused to call for Nixon’s resignation and instead blamed the president’s sins on the nation’s loss of a “moral compass.” “There’s a little bit of Watergate in all of us,” the evangelist intoned on several occasions.

 

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