Magazine article The Christian Century

Fundamentalist Gadfly Carl McIntire Dies. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Fundamentalist Gadfly Carl McIntire Dies. (News)

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Carl McIntire, the last of the mid-1900s fundamentalists who actively denounced ecumenists, communists and Catholics, died March 19 in Voorhees, New Jersey. With allied archconservatives, McIntire formed breakaway Presbyterian denominations in the 1930s, launched the separatist American Council of Christian Churches in the early 1940s, and at his peak was heard on 600 radio stations in the 1960s with his Reformation Hour program.

In 1970, his radio ministry suffered a fatal blow when the Federal Communications Commission ruled that his station consistently violated the "fairness doctrine" by refusing to air opposing viewpoints. His license was revoked in 1972 after a losing legal battle. In the meantime, McIntire made news in 1970 by leading 14,000 demonstrators in Washington urging victory in the Vietnam War and, in 1971, took a table tennis team from Taiwan on a U.S. tour as a response to the "ping pong diplomacy" in which Red China and the U.S. exchanged visits of their teams with the blessing of President Richard Nixon.

In his weekly newspaper, the Christian Beacon, McIntire reported on what he called the apostasy of other Protestants, criticizing Billy Graham and Southern Baptist and Pentecostalist leaders as much for their theology as for their associations with nonfundamentalist Christians. …

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