While The World Mourns Billy Graham, Twitter Users Drag His Name Through The Mud

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Billy Graham’s death set Twitter ablaze with mourning and celebration Wednesday from church faithful and world leaders, while some used the moment to attack Graham.

President Donald Trump, several congressmen and state leaders, and church leaders around the world celebrated the legacy of the man known as “America’s pastor,” after The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed his death Wednesday morning. Many tweeted memories of how Graham’s Christian evangelism touched their lives or the lives of loved ones with the power of the Gospel, while others shared inspirational quotes from his sermons or noted his worldwide impact on Christianity.

Twitter critics could not resist the opportunity, however, to drag Graham’s name through the mud. Most of those opposed to Christianity or to Graham in particular accused him of being a hypocrite, and brought up his anti-Semitic remarks during his visit with former President Richard Nixon.

Bishop Talbert Swan, II (Church of God in Christ in Springfield, Mass.) in particular used the moment to attack Trump. He railed against Graham’s followers and their ties to the Trump administration — even alleging they were “in bed with the Antichrist.” Other users followed suit.

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