When famous evangelist Billy Graham passed away on Feb. 21, he became only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol building.
Congress's decision to extend this honor to an evangelist sparked some criticism.
"We respect the fact that many people revere Billy Graham because he brought them deep spiritual meaning and inspiration," Americans United stated in a Feb. 28 press release. "However, Graham also did things that are greatly troubling. For example, he made derogatory statements about Jews, African Americans and LGBTQ Americans. The hurt and harm caused by those statements cannot be forgotten even though he may have later offered apologies."
Americans United noted that unlike the three private citizens such as civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who was granted the same honor, Graham's work only reached a group...