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Stephen Colbert Features The New Civil Rights Movement On ‘Colbert Report’

by David Badash on November 2, 2012

in News,Politics,Religion

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Stephen Colbert last night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” featured the masthead and quotes from The New Civil Rights Movement’s original investigative report, “Billy Graham Endorses Romney Then Scrubs Site Calling Mormonism A ‘Cult’.”

The Colbert Report noted “Reverend Billy Graham disencultifies Mormonism after meeting with Mitt Romney,” in Thursday night’s “Tip Of The Hat, Wag Of The Finger” segment (video below.)

The New Civil Rights Movement’s reporting last month provided immediate and incontrovertible proof that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association scrubbed their website of all references to Mormonism — which it had for decades labeled a “cult” — immediately after the 93-year old televangelist pioneer endorsed Mitt Romney, a Mormon, for President, as Colbert mentioned.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, a miracle has occurred for Mitt, because with God, all things are deletable,” Colbert ironically scoffed, adding, “a trip of my hat to the Reverend Billy Graham, for ‘disencultifying’ Mormonism.”

The New Civil Rights Movement’s reporting also forced the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to answer critics last month asking why Reverend Graham decided to endorse Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and why they attempted to hide decades worth of evidence labeling the Mormon faith as a cult.

“We removed the (cult) information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign,” Ken Barun, chief of staff for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was forced to admit, via a statement.

Over a dozen mainstream media outlets, including CNN, The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, Newsweek/The Daily BeastSlateThe Huffington Post, the Kansas City Star, Alternet, Daily Kos, The Raw StoryChristianity Today, along with Townhall.com, and Brigham Young University, have cited The New Civil Rights Movement’s original reporting on the inconvenient timing of Billy Graham’s elimination of the label “cult” from his website, to support his endorsement of Mitt Romney.

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psmithphd November 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

We should all be grateful to Billy Graham for recognizing that calling The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a cult is not only inaccurate, it is unkind. More love and less criticism should be the order of the day for all of us.

Phillip C. Smith

Diogenes_Arktos November 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Sorry,Philip, what you want is a redefinion of the word "cult". As quoted on this website (17 October 2012): "The features of a cult, according to [the BGEA] website, are acceptance of revelations outside the Bible, a belief in salvation through good works and unorthodox doctrines on the Trinity." The first and thrd are very standard for most Christians. Under this definition, LDS *is* a cult. Granted, in the popular mind, a "cult" is something like Jonestown, or Heavens' Gate, or the Branch Davidians. I grant you that LDS does not fit that definition of "cult". But there are times when terms have one meaning in technical discussions and a different meaning in popular ones. I very highly doubt that the technical meaning of "cult" is going to change any time soon.

Diogenes_Arktos December 5, 2012 at 1:42 am

Addendum… The above is the traditionl Protestant definition of cult. It has a bit of an ulterior motive of making the Roman Catholic church a cult. That was a given as I was growing up in the 1960s/70s. (Some, like the Wisconsin Synod of Lutherans *still* believe that the Pope is the Antichrist!) As right-wing Protestants realized that they could ally themselves with Rome (albeit with some nose-holding), the requirement of only 66 books in the Bible fell by the wayside to allow for the larger Roman Catholic Bible.

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