In 1948, Billy Graham said, "The three gravest menaces faced by Orthodox Christianity are Communism, Roman Catholicism, and Mohammedanism." Since then, in 1973, he has called the Roman Catholic mass a "very beautiful thing" then in 1978, he said, Mohammed Ali's beliefs in Islam "are something we all could believe.", and while in Red China, concerning the Communist butcher Mao Tse-Tung, Graham, in a Japanese newspaper, said, "I think communism's appeal to youth is its structure and promise of a future utopia. Mao Tse-Tung's eight precepts are basically the same as the Ten Commandments, In fact, if we can't have the Ten Commandments read in the schools, I'll settle for Mao's Precepts" (Mainichi Daily News, May 28th, 1978)
In 1982, When Moscow was still part of the Soviet Union, he visited the Moscow Peace Conference and said: "I saw no evidence of religious persecution in Russia." and in a five day visit to North Korea in March 1992, Graham preached in one Protestant and one Catholic church (the only two churches permitted to exist in North Korea), delivered a message from the Pope, and spoke with government approval. He said that the bloody Marxist dictator, the late Kim Il Sung, was a "great leader.", and praised Kim II Sung's call for "reconciliation and peace," saying that he has "learned to appreciate Korea's long struggle to preserve its national sovereignty."
On ABC's "Good Morning America" (4/6/92), talking about his trip, Graham said that the people of North Korea seemed "relaxed and happy," noting that they were preparing for Kim's 80th birthday, of whom Graham said was almost like "a grandfather" to his people! Graham said that Kim had given the Graham party "a very lavish luncheon" during which he was "very warm and friendly." But, said Graham, he had no idea why he was invited to North Korea.
"Well, I have an idea," says John Lofton of The Lofton Letter: "Graham is invited to such places as North Korea and the then Communist Soviet Union because he is a Dupe, what Lenin called 'a useful idiot' who can be counted on to not tell it like it is." Graham's trip was obviously of immense propaganda value to atheist North Korea, which recently joined the United Nations, and is now contracting to sell powerful "terror weapons" to Iran. (Reported in the 5/1/92 Calvary Contender and the 2/22/93 Christian News.)
When Graham was in Russia for the 23rd -to- 25th October 1992 rally, he met with Russian Orthodox Church spokesman, Patriarch Alexi II, and issued a joint statement denouncing proselytizing in the former Soviet Union (July-August 1993 Fundamentalist Digest). Graham and Alesky issued the statement in a private meeting at Moscow's historic Danilov Monastery. Graham said: "I assured him we didn't come here to proselytize, that I have been here a number of times with the Orthodox church as their guest, that I have a great love for the church and believe the people need to go back to their roots and put a great deal of emphasis on Bible study." (Reported in the 12/92 Baptist Challenge.)
Russia banned street preaching, distribution of Bible tracts and other Gospel literature, and publishing of Bible- related materials by foreign missionaries. The same Russian Orthodox denomination that Graham has such "a great love" for pushed for these restrictions, and Graham voiced his agreement with the new laws, describing tract distribution as an "inappropriate" activity.
Billy Graham admitted that he sought advice from Vatican officials about his trip to Russia, and was cleverly used. The suffering Christians who rot in Russia's prisons, getting 5 to 10 years for passing out a single gospel tract, were crushed when Billy announced to the world that there was religious freedom in Russia.