Graham apologized in a statement released by his Texas public relations firm last week, one day after the media reported the conversation.graham WASNT SORRY THAT HE SAID THOSE WORDS.
HE WAS JUST SORRY THAT HE GOT CAUGHT.
but he will have all eternity to think just how sorry he is.
no person nor nations will ever mistreat Gods People, Israel.
Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with President Nixon ... some 30 years ago, the statement said.They do not reflect my views and I sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the remarks.
But Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, rejected the apology as mealy mouthed.
He does not address the ugliness, the sinisterness, of his beliefs, Foxman said in a telephone interview.All of a sudden he has lost his memory and says these things dont reflect his view? Whose views do they reflect?
Its so sad that an icon of the church doesnt have the guts to say that what he said is horrible and that nobody should believe it.
Foxman added that Rev. Grahams assertion that a second Nixon administration might be able to do something about the Jewish stranglehold on the nation is chilling and frightening, even today, 30 years later. It is shameful that one of Americas most respected religious leaders and a spiritual adviser to presidents believed and espoused age-old classical anti-Semitic canards.
Rabbi James Rudin, senior interreligious adviser for the American Jewish Committee, said he was shocked and disappointed by the revelations because it was uncharacteristic of the man he knew for 30 years.
He said the role of a religious leader in the White House is to hold the leader to the highest levels of behavior and standards,to be Nathan the prophet to King David, referring to the biblical prophet who admonished the king.
He could have confronted Nixon and said,This is ugly and poisonous and also untrue. Instead he seems to have agreed with Nixon, Rabbi Rudin said.
At one point on the tape, Nixon and Rev. Graham share their antipathy of American Jews while complimenting Israeli Jews.
The best Jews are actually the Israeli Jews, says Nixon.
Thats right, agrees Rev. Graham, who later concurs with Nixons assertion that a powerful bloc of Jews confronts Nixon in the media.
And theyre the ones putting out the pornographic stuff, Rev. Graham adds.
Marty said the split of Evangelicals being pro-Israel and domestically anti-Semitic is a very familiar story.
But the pro-Israel support is deceptive, he said, because it is based on the belief that a strong Israel is necessary for Jesus to come again, when they believe all Jews will be either converted or killed.
Israel needs all the friends it can get, but not for these reasons, Marty said.
[Evangelicals] were Zionists before Jews were, but for another reason.[Evangelical leader Jerry] Falwell gave [Prime Minister Menachem] Begin awards and vice versa. We all thought Jews were getting snookered here. Many Evangelicals, and Billy on this tape, disassociate secular and liberal American Jews from their Zionist,good Jews camp, and that was what Billy was reflecting, Marty said.
In his written apology, Rev. Graham said his legacy has been one of working for