CHARLOTTE -- What are those things sticking out of Billy Graham's head on the cover of Time magazine this week?
Merely the M in TIME, you say?
Some Internet bloggers see something else: A devilish plot. They're accusing Time -- some seriously, some tongue-in-cheek -- of putting horns on the Charlotte-born evangelist.
"Well, the left media continues its crusade of soft propaganda," wrote conservative blogger John Ruskin. "This time, the target is Rev. Billy Graham. Yeah, tell me that was an innocent mistake."
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"Say your prayers!" said TMZ.com, a celebrity gossip blog, which headlined its post "The devil and Billy Graham."
Graham has been on Time's cover at least four times since 1954, when the national weekly called him "the best-known, most talked-about Christian leader in the world today, barring the Pope."
This week's cover story -- "The Political Confessions of Billy Graham" -- focuses on his 50-plus years as pastor, and sometimes political adviser, to a parade of presidents. The article was adapted from a new book, "The Preacher and the Presidents," by Time's Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs.
There has been no comment from Billy Graham's camp. From Time spokesman Daniel Kile: "Any resemblance between the 'M' in Time's logo and horns is purely coincidental."