No separation of church and state for you

This is disgusting:

Evangelist Billy Graham, who died Wednesday, will lie in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Wednesday, Feb. 28, to Thursday, March 1, according to an announcement from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). Members of the public are invited to pay their respects. Ryan and McConnell will take part in a service upon the arrival of Graham’s casket.

What the hell? Billy Graham wasn’t a government official, he was a conservative religious huckster. What business does he have lying in the Capitol Rotunda as a stiff? What business do McConnell and Ryan have putting him there?

Graham was a personal friend to several presidents, and preached to tens of millions of people in person and myriad others through radio, television and the Internet.

So what? How does that mean he gets a state ceremony as a corpse?

Over nearly a century, he became an icon, an entrepreneur, a pastor and a key architect of American evangelicalism — the largest religious body in America today that makes up a quarter of the American electorate. Graham’s influence on key religious leaders, institutions, political activism and cultural engagement helped shape a large chunk of America.

For the worse, but anyway, so what? People don’t get to lie around dead in the Capitol Rotunda simply because they have “influence.”


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