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Carter Presidency: "Paradox and Contradiction"

Postby Stephen Fox » Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:12 pm

Randall Balmer is delivering three lectures to the Samford Community last night and today. The Holley Hull Lectures in honor of the Holley money who funded the series and their appreciation for William E Hull.

Balmer has voiced the controversial tactics of Billy Graham, Francis Schaeffer, Adrian Rogers in collusion with Paul Weyrich to undo Carter's hoped for 2nd term. Here at Samford where Timothy George is a Schaeffer devotee, the alma mater of Al Mohler, reverberations are certain.

Check the website www.randallbalmer.com

Balmer's final lecture this afternoon is public and a special invitation has been made to Samford Faculty.

Greg Garrison of the Bham News, al.com, was present this morning so he should have something up this afternoon online or in the next few days.
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Francis Schaefer call Weyrich

Postby Stephen Fox » Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:33 pm

Schaefer called Weygrich after Weyrich's success in mobilizing the evangeligical right around the tax exempt status of Bob Jones. Balmer said it was a case of mendacity for Weyrich and Bob Billings to advance the notion the threat to BJU was Carter's concoction as it began with the Ford Administration.

Billy Graham was an enabler in the whole mess, and played a key role with Paul Laxalt organizing a Dallas Air port meeting in late 1980 to advance Reagan and weaken Carter.

Graham played his cards eleven days before the election of JFK in an effort to elect Nixon in 60; and 17 days before the 1980 election to play a key role in Reagan's courtship of evangelicals.

What started as the politics of race and tax exemption for schools like BJU and a white flight academy in Mississippi in 69 metastasized into the politics of abortion by 78. Balmer joins Christine Stansell of Roe article in New Republic of april 2011 calling the whole refinement process chock full of "mendacity".

In Q and A in final lecture this afternoon at Samford, allusions were made to Mike Hubbard, speaker of the House in Alabama as keeping the tradition alive. The question was asked if Samford as a Baptist Institution in the tradition of George W. Truett had any moral responsibility to uphold the authentic Truett prophetic voice against the likes of Hubbard.

Balmer spoke to that obliquely, saying as early as 1980 he made a personal pledge to not let his academic pursuits ("recondite"") never abuse his responsibility as a Christin to speak against injustice or evil designs in the public square.

He also had a tantalizing report about a "celebratory" event he was invited to in 1990 where the likes of Richard Land recalled the success to date with Reagan and Bush 41 and the SBC funday takeover. At that meeting Balmer had at least one straightforward conversation with Weyrich about BJU and the origins of the 70's religious right.

He makes a convicing case, but any revisions pre publication I hope he acknowledges some of the nuances Joe Crespino in particular brings to the table with his reports about the ground Strom Thurmond, Roger Millkien and Charles Daniel began harrowing in 1956, as well as refinement of some of Darren Dochuks assertions
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Bham News on Balmer's visit to Samford

Postby Stephen Fox » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:28 pm

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/10/jim ... dit_-.html

Former Fl Bap Witness editor was at all three Balmer lectures at Samford, taking copious notes.

I hope he does something for www.abpnews.com

40 comments follow the Bham news story. I hope some of you read them.
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Re: Carter Presidency: "Paradox and Contradiction"

Postby KeithE » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:21 am

Balmer has written many good religious history books and I look forward to “Redeemer President”. I will be comparing that with Jimmy’s Diaries and Jimmy’s Keeping Faith. Carter’s consistent stance on human rights was commendable (call that “liberal” is you want, I’ll call it being decent).

I wish I could have found time to go to Balmer's Samford lectures.

The Birmingham News story about the lectures which Stephen posted entitled Jimmy Carter deserves credit - 'he vanquished George Wallace, has some good points. I’m still stupefied at how the Moral Majority/Religious Roundtable pulled off turning evangelicals towards Reagan.

Carter brought evangelicalism to the forefront of national politics in 1976, becoming the first U.S. president to openly talk about being a born-again Christian, Balmer said.

But four years later, with Evangelist Jerry Falwell and his Moral Majority leading the charge for Ronald Reagan, Carter felt a backlash from evangelicals who portrayed him as too liberal. "It's this great paradox," Balmer said. Carter went from bringing evangelicals out in the open in American politics, to "utter vilification" from those with whom he had much in common theologically, Balmer said.

Reagan, a divorced and remarried former Hollywood actor who once signed an abortion law as California governor that was one of the most liberal in the country, was portrayed as more compatible with evangelicals than the Southern Baptist, born-again Sunday school teacher, Balmer said.

"Carter had a longer and more consistent record of opposing abortion than Reagan," Balmer said in his lecture to Samford students.


At that time and very possibly orchestrated by the same cabal (Falwell/“Moral” Majority and Weyrich/“Religous" Roundtable), we had the so-called “coincidental” October Surprise delaying release of Iranian hostages until 1 hour after Reagan was inaugurated.

Whatever you believe the October Surprise (I would be more sure about this “conspiracy” if it had been 1 hour after the election) and about Carter’s handling of the economy (not very good, imo), the trends that Reagonomics started has badly hurt the middle and lower classes (read here) and ballooned the national debt (note the periods of greatest slope).

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I sorta accept Balmer’s contention that Carter “vanquished" Wallace’s national political aims, but doubt Wallace would have gotten very far if Carter had never run for the Presidency.
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Carter Sunday School, October 2, 2014

Postby Stephen Fox » Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:58 pm

A friend attended President Carter's SS Class yesterday and called this evening to give me a report. In rare Q and A sessions Carter addressed several matters from the audience; And in oblique endorsements made a case wise Christians in Georgia who understand the Gospel would be voting for Jill Nunn and his grandson Nov 4.

The Nunn race in particular has been qutie interesting. Without involking bonhoeffer's "politics of stupidity" my friend viscerally got the point that working class and poor whites who don't vote for Nunn in this race are "stupid".

Nunn works in Bush 41's non-profit Thousand Points of Light. Her Democrat Father US enator Sam was in the noble tradition of wide folks of the south who would include Alabama Republican Judge Frank Johnson, and South Carolina's Governor Dick Riley.

See H Brandt Ayers book In Love with Defeat, also the Summer 2013 Oxford American Mag Hal Crowther review of same plus Tracy Thompson's The New Mind of the South.
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Re: Carter Presidency: "Paradox and Contradiction"

Postby William Thornton » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:52 am

M. Nunn is doing well mostly because of her name recognition and the business background of her opponent. No one can identify anything much that she brings to the conversation, though she has been a credible candidate with few mistakes. I'll trek down to the polling place and vote for the republican after while.
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Re: Carter Presidency: "Paradox and Contradiction"

Postby Haruo » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:28 am

I miss polling places.
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