If – as Karl Marx once wrote – “religion is the opium of the people,” then it could be so argued America became thoroughly addicted to the biblical bromides preached from the television pulpit of Reverend Billy Graham, considered to be the twentieth century’s most revered fundamentalist religious guru.
With a renowned career which lasted for more than five decades, it could also be argued, it was the charismatic Graham’s prolonged predominance in the public’s eye which not only brought the concept of ‘televangelism’ to the masses but made religion into a profitable commercial enterprise.
But there are also key anecdotes relating to “Billy Graham” which are less well known, rare but revealing biographical tidbits which shall be elaborated upon with greater detail later on.
For example, according to mastermedia.com, “on October 15, 1989, the city of Hollywood honored Billy Graham with the 1900th star on its legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mr. Graham was awarded the star for his work as a minister of the Gospel using radio, television, and film.”
According to the New World Encyclopedia, William Franklin Graham was also awarded a knighthood – Knight of the British Empire – by the late Queen Elizabeth II (AKA Lucille Ball) of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (AKA Windsor/Hanover/Rockefeller/Rothschild).
Furthermore, according to an article published in the Los Angeles Times – it was the intervention of newspaper magnate Willliam Randolph Hearst which helped to not only boost the upstart religious fundamentalist preacher’s career into the American public’s consciousness but significantly transformed the persona of “Billy Graham” into a household name.
In addition, during this same period of time when his religious ministry and public career struggled to gain a foothold in either the radio or television entertainment industry, further research indicates “Billy Graham” was also connected to Cecile B. DeMille who, according to Wikipedia, was “the founding father of the American cinema and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history.”
Regarding the legendary DeMille, Wikipedia also reports that he was “an active Freemason and member of Prince of Orange Lodge #16 in New York City.”
Given these documented connections to Hollywood and to William Randolph Hearst, would it surprise anyone to learn that “Billy Graham” has been identified as a fabricated character scheme – a persona tailor-made for both radio and television’s golden age – portrayed by a Hollywood and television actor who also had connections to Disney?
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