Faith And Politics: The New Crusader


"Praise Jesus!" cried the young souvenir sellers around Jerusalem's holy places. "Hallelujah!" The boy vendors had recognized a familiar figure—portly Evangelist Billy James Hargis, 44, who this month led his 31st pilgrimage to the Holy Land. With him were 23 members of his anti-Communist Christian Crusade, seeking, said Hargis, "a spiritual blessing and reaffirmation of faith." But there was a bonus. "Our trips to Israel are not only religious," Hargis reminded his faithful entourage. "I want you anti-Communists to meet anti-Communists in other parts of the world. Israel is...

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