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Billy Graham Released From Hospital; Lady Gaga’s Taking the Reins?

Five days after being admitted to a North Carolina hospital with pneumonia, the Rev. Billy Graham has been released from the hospital, and is now resting comfortably at his mountain home.

Meanwhile, is Lady Gaga trying to be the next generation’s Graham — reaching out to millions (she’s now the most followed user on Twitter) with her repurposing of religious language and imagery into a gospel of self-love?


(My two cents: No, it’s modern art and artful publicity-seeking, but hey, beats those who are preaching gospels of hate, or the prosperity gospel… no?)

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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posted May 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Almost anything is better than the gospels of hate and controlling others.

I’m watching “Freedom Riders” right now. It’s an amazing display of the bravery of some folks, black and white. And of course of the vile racist attitudes so common in the south then. And so reminiscent of some people now and of the hatred of homosexuals now.

I’m discouraged that Beliefnet is wasting away and so much of what’s left of it is small-minded men. Thank you, Nicole, for some rationality here.

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posted May 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

nnmns, religion isn’t really the issue, but the underlying human nature which it is a manifestation of. Humans are weak individually, but strong collectively. So we consciously and unconsciously seek to try controlling others to form in-groups with common agendas.

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posted May 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I don’t see how you can place Lady Gaga in the same catagory as Dr. Graham. She’s an entertainer exploiting Christian values that she finds questionable. Beware of those wild Catholic girls.

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