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Evangelist Franklin Graham’s statement on Jesse Helms' death

Posted July 4, 2008

Evangelist Franklin Graham

"Jesse Helms was a great American. He was a friend, not only to Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, but a personal friend to me. As a life-long resident of North Carolina, I was proud to call him my senator for 30 years. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed. I remember his courageous speech at the first Christian summit on HIV/AIDS, Prescription for Hope, held by Samaritan's Purse in Washington, D.C., in 2002. Sen. Helms said he was sorry for opposing federal funding and for not doing enough for those suffering. Soon after, he used his remaining time in office to push for the largest funding for HIV/AIDS in our government’s history. He was a man of compassion, sincere moral conviction and a strong Christian.Although I am currently thousands of miles away in Romania, my heart and prayers are with the Helms family and their loss of a great husband, father and grandfather."

Franklin Graham is president and CEO of international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is in Timisoara, Romania, leading an evangelistic festival.

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  • meta4csw Jul 4, 2008

    Jesus was a liberal. Sen. Helms was against much of what Jesus preached. I'm glad he was a good friend to the white people he knew personally. He also paid child support for his black love child, even if he never would recognize her. He was judgmental and stood against civil rights, insulted people who weren't just like him.
    If all that makes for a strong Christian, somebody needs to go back to bible study.
    May Sen. Helms rest in peace, more peace than he gave to so many of the living whose rights he opposed.