Graham Ripped 'Synagogue of Satan' on Nixon Tapes

Nixon: Jews' failure to 'behave themselves' indicated a 'death wish'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2009 4:57 AM CDT
Graham Ripped 'Synagogue of Satan' on Nixon Tapes
Billy Graham speaks at a press conference in London in 1973.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Billy Graham blamed Jews from the "Synagogue of Satan" for pornography in a newly released 1973 conversation with Richard Nixon, USA Today reports. The men, in a discussion about anti-Semitism and Jewish opposition to Christian evangelical efforts, agreed that Jews needed to "behave themselves" to avoid unleashing a tide of anti-Semitism.

"It happened in Germany," Nixon told Graham. "Now it’s going to happen in America if these people don’t start behaving. It may be they have a death wish. You know that’s been the problem with our Jewish friends for centuries.” The director of the Anti-Defamation League blasted both men for spouting "age-old classical anti-Semitic canards." (Read more Billy Graham stories.)

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