Christian Evangelical Leader Billy Graham Dies at 99


Christian evangelical leader Billy Graham has died at the age of 99. Over a career that spanned decades, Graham built a ministry that saw him preach in so-called crusades to millions of people around the world, bringing Christian evangelism into the mainstream. Graham famously told The Saturday Evening Post in 1963, “We are selling the greatest product on earth. Why shouldn’t we promote it as effectively as we promote a bar of soap?” Graham served as an informal adviser to presidents from Harry Truman to Donald Trump. In 2002, Graham apologized after he and former President Richard Nixon were heard making anti-Semitic remarks on a presidential tape recording. Graham was stridently anti-communist and once backed Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare in the 1950s. Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in North Carolina after a long series of illnesses