Billy Graham

Professional wrestler; American football player; bodybuilder Billy Graham

Eldridge Wayne Coleman is a retired American professional wrestler. He is best known under the ring name "Superstar" Billy Graham and for his tenures in the World Wide / World Wrestling Federation. During his time in the promotion, he became a one time WWWF World Heavyweight Champion. Graham's popularity was based principally on the basis of his character, rather than his wrestling skills.
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The British approach to faith today: From indifference to open hostility
Fox News - about 2 months
More than 100 years after the 1904 Welsh revival and more than 60 years after American evangelist Billy Graham preached at a London Crusade, the United Kingdom is a spiritual shadow of its former self.
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Pence Tells Room Full Of Christians In D.C. Their Faith Is The Most Persecuted
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Christian Women On Twitter Unload About Misogyny In The Church
Huffington Post - 10 months
A Twitter hashtag about Christian women has revealed some ugly truths about misogyny in the church. Christian author Sarah Bessey started the thread Tuesday night with the tag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear to highlight issues surrounding male privilege in many Christian communities.  “It was just a conversation I was wanting to have with my followers about something I care about, but it resonated more widely than I expected,” Bessey told The Huffington Post on Thursday. The conversation, which she said she initiated “on a whim,” quickly amassed hundreds of tweets from women sharing some of the dehumanizing things they’ve heard from others in their Christian communities.  “This hashtag is pulling back the curtain on the everyday lived experiences of women within the Church,” Bessey wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. "Women should be silent in the church!" springs to mind. #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear — Sarah Bessey (@sarahbessey) April 19, 2017 ...
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Beyond The Mike Pence Misogyny Debate, The 3 'Billy Graham Rules' You Haven't Read
NPR - 11 months
Like the famous preacher, the vice president won't dine alone with a woman other than his wife. But Graham, pastor to the presidents, had other rules, like don't inflate the size of your crowds. (Image credit: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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Why It Matters That Pence Won't Have Dinner With A Woman Who Isn't His Wife
Huffington Post - 11 months
A recent Washington Post profile of second lady Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, uncovered an interesting detail about their extremely close relationship. Mike Pence reportedly told The Hill in 2002 that “he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side.” This tidbit caused a small uproar on Twitter, with some praising Pence for respecting his wife and his marriage... If you laugh at Pence for respecting his marriage, it's probably because you've never been in a healthy one — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 30, 2017 ...and others pointing out that, perhaps there are reasons outside of a sexually or emotionally untoward encounter to go out to dinner with someone. Maybe you have a friend who isn’t the same gender as you! Or maybe you work with people of different genders, and you sometimes attend professional dinners with them!  A whole swath of America think...
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Why Did Over A Dozen Bloggers Leave Patheos?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Patheos is an interfaith media platform that hosts hundreds of blogs on different faith channels. I have been writing on the Pagan channel of Patheos for about four years now, that is, until this past Monday. A few months ago Patheos was purchased by Beliefnet, which is owned by an evangelical organization. There were concerns among many of the Pagan writers over what this would mean for them. At least one Pagan blogger, Gus DiZerega, said he had been censored by Beliefnet when he wrote for them. In that instance, Beliefnet summarily deleted a conversation on his blog criticizing a Christian who had condoned the abuse of African witches by African Christians. When DiZerega complained, he was told it was their site not his, so he left. The Patheos Pagan editor, Jason Mankey, assured the Pagan writers that nothing would change because of Beliefnet's acquisition of Patheos. But on January 30th, the writers at Patheos suddenly received new contracts their mailboxes. This was not a...
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Here's How Franklin Graham Justifies Trump's Expected Refugee Ban
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Rev. Franklin Graham, an evangelical pastor and the president of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, sees no problem with the White House’s plans to prevent refugees fleeing war-torn Syria from entering the United States.  For Graham, it’s simply “not a Bible issue.” President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders later this week that could temporarily ban refugees and immigrants from countries his administration deems high-risk, like Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. According to a draft version of the document obtained by The Huffington Post, priority will be given to religious minorities ― which means Christians in these Muslim-majority countries could be favored over Muslims. Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, has stood firmly behind Trump’s administration since the election, joining the president’s “Thank You” tour and offering a Bible reading at the inauguration.  As the leader of a human...
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A Pastor Who Said Islam Is ‘Evil’ Is Speaking At Trump's Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 year
An evangelical pastor who thinks Islam is “evil” is set to deliver prayers on Friday at the inauguration ceremony for a president-elect who thinks “Islam hates us.”   Rev. Franklin Graham is among six faith leaders chosen by Donald Trump to offer their prayers, benedictions or other statements during Trump’s swearing-in on Jan. 20.  Graham is president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is also one of America’s more prolific anti-Muslim bigots, and his inclusion in Friday’s ceremony has saddened, but not necessarily surprised, American Muslim groups. “[Trump] ran a campaign riddled with Islamophobia, so it’s no surprise that the person he brings in at inauguration is the pastor with the longest track record of anti-Islam bigotry in the U.S.” said Imraan Siddiqi, executive director at the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.  “Extremist voices like Graham are given legiti...
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Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham’s Longtime Musical Director, Dies at 93
NYTimes - about 1 year
Mr. Barrows and Mr. Graham met by chance in 1945 and began a professional association that lasted more than 70 years.
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Many Evangelical Leaders Would Stick With Trump Even If He Were A Cold-Blooded Killer
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Donald Trump said back in January that he "could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody" and he still wouldn't lose support. From their words and deeds in recent days, it appears that many evangelical leaders would be among the first to announce their continued allegiance if Trump did such a thing. Despite a blistering editorial today in Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of American evangelicalism, and despite noted evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem in recent days joining Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, who has condemned Trump for a long time, most prominent evangelical leaders are sticking by the GOP nominee after the surfacing on Friday of the explosive tape that has sent his campaign into a spiral. They invoke the "we're all sinners" argument when it suits them politically, and apparently now they're even invoking it for a man who has bragged about engaging in sexual violence against women. The ease with which Jerry Falwell Jr., of Li...
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When I Hear the National Anthem, I Will Kneel and Bow My Head
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In 2008, I felt like an american for the first time because I saw a leader who looked like me. All my life I hoped my education and accomplishments would free me from the history of my skin color as inherently inferior and intimidating - it never did. But then Barack Hussein Obama became President and I watched the inauguration and thought "I belong now." Things are different. And sadly, that simply isn't true. Hate groups are more active in the United States than ever before and we have presidential candidates whose platforms oppress and violate the most vulnerable people here and abroad. Lord have mercy. In 2011, sitting with undocumented students who had hope for immigration reform, I had hope too. But then we all saw what happened, or rather what didn't happen in congress. In 2012, Billy Graham took out a full page ad reminding everyone to vote Romney for true biblical values. Seriously? And then a barrage of events happened for me that were quite overwhelming and highlighted A...
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Prayer or politics? Evangelist rallies Christians in Boston
Yahoo News - over 1 year
BOSTON (AP) — The son of evangelist Billy Graham urged a gathering on the historic Boston Common on Tuesday to vote in the November election but stressed he was taking no sides publicly in the U.S. presidential race.
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Donald Trump Says He Can't Be Bought. His Record Suggests He Can.
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump markets himself as the rare politician who can't be bought. He says he's the only candidate who's immune to the kind of backdoor access and palm-greasing that infects official Washington. But the story of his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, illustrates a different side of Trump. Donors give money to the foundation; the billionaire scratches their backs and uses their money to burnish his ego and, more recently, his political reputation. Initially, the charitable foundation gave mostly to nonpolitical causes. But since 2010, when Trump began considering a run for president as a Republican, his foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to conservative political groups, including the Citizens United Foundation, the Iowa-based Family Leader Foundation and Liberty Central, the advocacy group led by Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The Trump Foundation, which was founded in 19...
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Pastor freed by Iran to reunite with wife at North Carolina retreat
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Saeed Abedini, an American pastor freed this month from an Iranian prison as part of a U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap, will be reunited with his wife and children on Monday at a Christian center in the North Carolina mountains. The Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, founded by the famed evangelical minister and his family, said Abedini wanted time to adjust and reconnect with his family after more than three years of imprisonment in Iran. Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, also told Reuters last week the couple would work on their marriage.
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The Truth About the Church and Social Justice
Huffington Post - about 2 years
What a time to be alive in American history. Political tensions are high, racial tensions are high, sexual orientation tensions are high... people are fighting for their beliefs with passion and commitment on both sides, and that in and of itself is admirable. Less admirable of course are the acts of hatred, the words of dehumanization. Ah, we say, but those are few and far between, those bad apples ruining the barrel. But what does the world say? The world says there is a Church who is adding pain to the ripped open flesh of her wound, rather than one who is nursing her back to health. The world says there is a Church who is blind, who is stubborn, who is hateful. Most Christians feel otherwise because we have experienced otherwise. But how do we respond to a world who is clearly telling us that something has gone very, very wrong? Since it's inception, the Church has struggled to love well. (This could possibly be due to the fact that the Church is made up of actual people....
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People Are Complaining To The Wrong Wheaton College
Huffington Post - about 2 years
NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- The angry emails came in a flurry to the president's office at Wheaton College, a small, picturesque campus near Boston. But they all shared one simple mistake. They were sent to the wrong Wheaton. More than 1,000 miles away, another Wheaton College near Chicago was planning to fire a professor after she declared solidarity with Muslims. That Wheaton, the intended target of the emails, is known for its evangelical Christian mission. The Wheaton College in Massachusetts is a secular liberal-arts school. They aren't related. But the two schools are a frequent source of confusion. Students apply to the wrong college. Donors send money to the other Wheaton. "The name confusion is a longstanding and deep-rooted problem," said Dennis Hanno, president of the Wheaton in Massachusetts. "But it's one that we often just chuckle about." On the Norton campus of 1,600 students, roughly half the size of the Illinois college, everyone has heard about mix-ups. Ta...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Graham
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 67
    On April 2011, Billy Graham stated he wanted out of the WWE Hall of Fame stating "For the WWE to induct into their Hall of Fame, Abdullah The Butcher, who has never wrestled one match under a WWE contract, is bordering on blasphemy.
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    On March 31, 2011, The Phoenix New Times reported that Graham's doctor, Hector Rodriguez-Luna, acknowledged that Graham's advanced fibrosis may be early cirrhosis and that he could live for two more years if he takes Interferon-a drug to help slow his Hepatitis C- at a good pace and stays in shape.
  • 2010
    Age 66
    On December 2, 2010, Graham issued a statement regarding his last wrestling-related appearance, health issues and funeral ceremony.
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    In July 2010, Graham was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona due to liver problems.
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  • 2006
    Age 62
    Graham was again hospitalized, this time on May 24, 2006, due to a bowel obstruction from an earlier surgery.
    Due to his body being ravaged from years of steroid use, Graham now lectures high school athletes on the dangers of steroids. Graham's autobiography, Tangled Ropes, was released by WWE on January 10, 2006.
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    On the January 23, 2006 episode of Raw, he promoted his book and DVD.
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  • 2005
    Age 61
    On November 18, 2005, Graham presided over the funeral service for wrestler Eddie Guerrero.
    On February 25, 2005, Graham appeared at another live event, and was again interviewed by Coachman before knocking him out.
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  • 2004
    Age 60
    On March 14, 2004, Graham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, the night before WrestleMania XX, by then-World Heavyweight Champion Triple H.
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    This caused a rift between McMahon and Graham that lasted for over ten years before Graham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 58
    Graham received a liver transplant in 2002 from twenty six year-old donor Katie Gillroy, who died in a car crash, and said he would not be alive today without the transplant.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 48
    In 1992, at the height of Vince McMahon's steroid allegations, Graham went on The Phil Donahue Show and revealed to the world that he was an avid user of steroids, and went on a tirade against McMahon about it.
  • 1990
    Age 46
    Graham had further medical complications in subsequent years, having to have his ankle fused in 1990 and a second hip replacement (on the same leg) in 1991.
  • 1987
    Age 43
    He returned in mid-1987 and feuded with Butch Reed for a few months, but the strain on his hip as well as his ankles also deteriorating proved to be too much.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    Graham returned to the WWF one more time in 1986 as a fan favorite.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 38
    Graham returned to the now renamed World Wrestling Federation in 1982.
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  • 1979
    Age 35
    Fans were making Graham a popular figure on their own — even Roberta Morgan's 1979 kayfabe book Main Event had to admit that, "Although he is a rule bender, Graham has managed to stay very popular with the fans, probably because of his skill, strength, and colorful personality" — but the era of explicit and intentional "cool heels" did not come until the 1990s with the likes of the New World Order (nWo), D-Generation X, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock.
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  • 1978
    Age 34
    He eventually lost the title to Bob Backlund on February 20, 1978.
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  • 1977
    Age 33
    One of Graham's most famous matches took place in 1977 in Miami, Florida at the famed Orange Bowl football stadium against then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race in a WWWF Championship vs. NWA World Heavyweight Championship unification match which ended in a bloody one hour time-limit draw.
  • 1975
    Age 31
    After a few stints for the promotion between 1975 and 1976, Graham defeated Bruno Sammartino for the World Heavyweight Championship on April 30, 1977, in Baltimore, Maryland.
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    Graham debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1975, with The Grand Wizard as his manager.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 28
    In 1972, Graham's popularity rose significantly during his feud with Verne Gagne in the American Wrestling Association.
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  • 1970
    Age 26
    While being scouted by the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders, Graham was encouraged by Bob Roop to train with Stu Hart for his Stampede Wrestling promotion. After joining Hart instead of the Stampeders, Coleman trained under him before debuting on January 16, 1970After wrestling briefly under his real name, Graham traveled back to America and joined the National Wrestling Alliance's Los Angeles in a tag team with Dr. Jerry Graham and changed his ring name to Billy Graham, as a tribute to the famous evangelist of the same name.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on June 7, 1943.
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