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Billy Graham tries to overshadow Veterans Day with his religious dogma

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Despite the long history of Armistice Day (now called Veterans Day) being celebrated on November 11 each year, Billy Graham and his right-wing Evangelistic organization took the occasion to overshadow the holiday by declaring November 11, 2007 “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church”. The web site says “Sunday, November 11, 2007 is the International day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church—a day to pray for Christians around the world who experience opposition because of their choice to follow Jesus Christ.”

This blatant disrespect for American Veterans and their one day of honor is absolutely incredible. How dare he use his religious dogma to take over a holiday that has been used to pay respect to America’s Veterans for more than 75 years.

I have no doubt that the religious radicals over at BillyGraham.org will try and cover up this despicable act once the national media grabs hold of this attempt by the religious right to take over Veterans Day and make it a religious holiday. Below you will find two pdf screen captures I made of the Billy Graham website to record this insult before the web site is changed.

Feel free to leave your comments here or contact the Billy Graham Headquarters directly to tell them to keep their religious dogma to themselves and stop insulting America’s Veterans by attempting to take over their holiday.

Graham screen capture 1

Graham screen capture 2

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November 11, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Military & War, News, Politics, Random, Religion

9 Comments »

  1. Chill out vets are still being remembered. So get over it.

    Comment by arm5 | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. Why doesn’t Graham’s organization “get over it” and pick a different day? It just had to be on a day that was already designated by Congress to remember and honor veterans…not religious fanatics. I guess in planet Graham, right-wing religious dogma trumps veterans.

    So sorry, my mistake.

    Comment by sameritech | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Get over it? This country was founded on religious freedom. Being an Atheist (remember you were once and Atheist yourself – we’re all born atheists arm5) I resent that comment…why can’t you disrespectful Christians keep to yourselves? Stop shoving your Bullshit “invisable man” that approves terrorist acts of war, prejudice, and hatred down everyone’s throats! This so-called god you believe has a horrible resume – have your truly read the bible? Christians stole Winter Soltice from Pagans and called it Christmas, Halloween from kids today and call it “harvest festival” and now you want Veterans day too? What’s next 4th of July? Wake up! And by the way you get over it, and accept the fact that we as “non-believers”, and Veterans have rights too, to have a bit of respect.

    Comment by Atheistvet | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. Perhaps Mr. Graham would also like to include in his prayers those who are persecuted BY Christians, for choosing a different faith than his (or no faith at all). These victims of Christian zealots are far more numerous than persecuted Christian, and have been since the days of Constantine. Let us also remember that religious differences and identity politics have caused many of the wars & conflicts that veterans such as I have had to fight. Happy Veterans’ day, everyone!

    Comment by Eric | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. There are also other “observances”(which is what BG.org was promoting. Not a Holiday, which Veteran’s Day is)that took place on November 11th. Big difference!!

    National Donor Sabbath (9-11th)
    Admission day (11th Washington State)

    Comment by Kyle | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  6. I do think you’re over-reacting a bit. If you look at a calendar that is marked with all of the official holidays, you’ll find that nearly every day of the year is a holiday for some group, and most days are holidays for 4 or 5 different things. For instance, the 13th is not only “Sadie Hawkins Day”, but also “National Indian Pudding Day” and “World Kindness Day”. We have so many registered holidays that we now have holidays on top of our holidays…the good thing about this confusing mess is that we always have a reason to celebrate something, I guess!

    Comment by saintlewis | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  7. p.s., Eric…
    more Christians are killed today – right now – for their faith than at any other time in history, and more-so than any other faith today.

    Comment by saintlewis | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  8. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

    Comment by Idetrorce | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  9. GOD BLESS BILLY GRAHAM AND ALL VETS WHO GAVE US THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE ON THINGS. EVEN SILLY THINGS LIKE THIS. VETERANS DAY IS A DAY FOR REMEMBERING AND …DARE I SAY IT , A TIME FOR PRAYER. AS A VET MYSELF I WILL BE PRAYING NOT ONLY FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTER BEING BEATEN, BURNED, RAPED AND KILLED FOR FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST, BUT ALSO FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UNIFORM PROTECTING OUR RIGHT TO DISAGREE… PEACEFULLY!! THE GREATEST PRAYER WE COULD SAY IS THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO TASTE THE BITTER HERB OF WAR AND BATTLE… PLEASE LORD MAKE IT SO.
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA… PLEASE!!

    Comment by ME | May 17, 2011 | Reply


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