Paul Harvey’s Prophetic “If I were the Devil” Lives At Stony Brook University

March 21, 2012

In 1965, Paul Harvey broadcast his “If I were the Devil” speech whose words seem to have now come alive at Stoney Brook University where observance of Christian and Jewish Holidays has been officially dropped from the 2012-2013 calendar.

I doubt if he knew at the time how prophetic that speech would be, but hearing it again on the radio this morning in light of the Stony Brook decision reminded me just how true those words of now almost half a century past really were.

I was only four years old when Harvey’s “Devil” speech was broadcast but I have lived every year seeing bit by bit, year by year, more of it come true.

As you listen to Harvey’s words take a moment of pause and allow yourself to imagine if we’d be in the mess we are today had we heeded his warning those decades ago.

One can debate if the words were “divinely inspired” but one cannot deny that the words have most definitely transpired.

Just one case in point is the decision by Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York that beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, it will no longer honor traditional Christian and Jewish religious holidays to allow for more “equality” for all. In an open letter on the Hillel Blog Rabbi Joseph Topek, of Stony Brook’s Interfaith Center writes:

……..As many of you know, Stony Brook has announced that beginning in 2012-2013 the University will hold classes on days previously recognized as religious holidays. The Interfaith Center chaplains have met with the President, Provost, and other chief administrators to express our opposition to this decision and stand united as Christians, Muslims, and Jews in our belief that this decision is not a good one for our University.

“If I were the devil”, indeed Mr. Harvey. It seems he’s found a quite comfortable home at Stony Brook.

To complement the audio clip, I am including text of the speech as published by :
(Publisher’s note: Below the text of “If I were the Devil” I have included a clip of Harvey’s “An Open Letter from God” broadcast”. Seemed like a perfect close to such a prophetic opening.)

This speech was broadcast by Paul Harvey, April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness,
I would, of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.
I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States.
I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ?Do as you please.? ?Do as you please.? To the young, I would whisper, ?The Bible is a myth.?
I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is ?square?. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you.
I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: ?Our Father, which art in Washington? . . .
If I were the devil,
I?d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting.
I?d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I?d get organized.
I?d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me.
I?d peddle narcotics to whom I could.
I?d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I?d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil,
I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild.
I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say ?she?s right.? With flattery and promises of power,
I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus,
I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches
I would substitute psychology for religion, and
I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.
If I were Satan, I?d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle.

If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps.

In other words, if I were Satan, I?d just keep on doing what he?s doing.

This is Paul Harvey … Good Day.

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2 Responses to Paul Harvey’s Prophetic “If I were the Devil” Lives At Stony Brook University

  1. A Nonny Moose on March 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Between this and Red Skelton’s “Pledge of Allegiance”, they pretty much put Nostradamus out of business.

  2. Geoff Caldwell on March 22, 2012 at 5:53 am

    THANK YOU! I had forgotten all about “Red’s Pledge”. The generation behind us have truly no idea how much they are missing by not having the Harvey’s, Skelton’s and Hope’s of the world.


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