tested its first atomic bomb and this created huge fear among American citizens. Grahamstrategically framed the Cold War as a war between Christianity and Communism. William R.Hearst, a leading newspaper publisher at the time, took a liking to
views and sohis papers began to print stories in support of
message, (Frontline, 2010). With
Hearst’s blessing there was no stopping Graham. He grew in popularity and became a
spokesperson for the national culture blending Christianity and nationalism, (Wimberly et al,1975). Graham wanted to expand his appeal and spread his message even further and sobegan building relations with those in politics. During the 1952 election he lent DwightEisenhower his support. Eisenhower saw the power of religion in garnering votes and sodespite not being a very religious man himself he welcomed Graham. Within two weeks of office Eisenhower was baptised and confirmed. By 1960 church attendance had reached anall time high. This was due to a number of factors, but the support religion and politics gaveeach other during this period must be accepted as a contributing factor, (Frontline, 2010).The church/state barrier was gradually being whittled away.During the 1960 presidential election Graham gave his support to Nixon as his leanings weredefinitively republican, although he did maintain a voice in the White House when Kennedycame to power, (Frontline, 2010). The election of Kennedy was a momentous occasion ashe was the first Catholic to hold the presidential seat in America. Many people, includingGraham, were very concerned about the prospect of a Catholic in office. However, Grahamwas very careful to retain a public image of indifference to the religious issue and even wentso far as to send a letter to Kennedy stating that religion would not be raised as a problem.Days later Graham convened with a number of prominent ministers to establish a method of keeping this Catholic out of office, but Graham never spoke publicly on the issue. Inresponse to this suspicion Kennedy spoke to three hundred ministers in Texas to confirm hisbelief in church/state separation and guarantee that his rule would not be Rome rule.
“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no
Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no