Evangelist Billy Graham, one of America’s most famous preachers, has died at the age of 99. The popular minister was nicknamed “America’s Pope” due to his devoted followers, scandal-free life, and compassion for everyone.

Well, not quite everyone.

While he was known for his inclusivity during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, Graham was adamantly anti-gay.

Sure, he was a product of his times, but that’s no excuse to gloss over moments like this one, in which he responded to a gay youth that “We traffic in homosexuality at the peril of our spiritual welfare.”

Read the entire exchange, which was published in the Lakeland Ledger on Nov. 20th, 1973, below:

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