Oh Billy Graham, you avoid politicization only to politicize something. Typical hypocrisy is boring.

From the Asheville-Citizen Times and my old neck of the woods:

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said today that it removed language from its website calling Mormonism a cult to avoid controversy.

The website article had listed as cults “Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.”

Rev. Billy Graham met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, at the evangelist’s Montreat home Thursday afternoon. Graham’s son, Franklin, also attended.

The article was removed from the website sometime after that meeting, which was held just before Romney addressed an estimated 10,000 supporters in Asheville.

“We removed the information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign,” Ken Barun, chief of staff for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Read on. 

Thanks, Xina!


In Chicago for about 20 hours

Hey guys, Tina and I are in Chicago for about 20 hours before heading back out to the east coast.

We’re busily preparing for our job out there, and we’re writing a presentation on using social media that we’ll give on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Apparently, when delivering a presentation on using social media effectively, I have a successful case study right under my nose.

This blog started from scratch in 2009 attracting 23,000 hits. 5,000 hits came from Pharygula after I attended the field trip to the Creation Museum with PZ Myers and the Secular Student Alliance.

So far in 2012 alone, Le Café Witteveen has attracted 300,000 hits and overall this blog is totaling out over half a million.

That’s not too shabby considering I only used the recommended formula for increasing traffic, which are basically frequency, transparency and idiosyncratic expression. Tagging helps a lot, but often times, if it’s written in the body of the text, tagging is unnecessary.

Regular-readership has ebbed and flowed, and commenting grows and dissolves. I’ve seen a lot that doesn’t work, and a lot that doesn’t.

It bothers me that I tend to chase off dissent. Like on this post with Jakey-pooh. But whatever. Most people who waltz in and claim to have a voice come up short with a few busts to the chops.

Above is a shot that you can enjoy from the weekend.

I’ll hope to get back over and blog as much as possible during the next three days, but it’ll be lighter than usual.

That’s all to say, this blog couldn’t make it if it weren’t for you, your frequent returns and your comments. So keep it up.

I owe you big time!