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Full-page ads by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have appeared in a number of leading newspapers over the past two weeks, urging voters to support “biblical values” in the upcoming election:

I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.

The ads do not endorse any particular party or politician by name but they constitute a clear recommendation that evangelicals should vote for Mitt Romney.

Franklin Graham, who now heads his father’s ministry and also calls himself an evangelist, endorsed Romney in September. Romney met with father and son on October 11 at the Graham home in North Carolina. The elder Graham pledged to Romney that he would do “all I can to help you.” Graham’s association subsequently removed Mormons from the list of cults posted on its website, where it had shared space with groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientologists.

Franklin Graham has suggested that President Barack Obama might be a Muslim and has also asserted that the president is creating a “nation without God.” He describes Islam as a “very wicked and evil religion” and has also discovered that the U.S. government has been infiltrated by Muslims,

The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active in our country. It’s infiltrated every level of our government. Right now we have many of these people that are advising the US military and State Department on how to respond in the Middle East, and it’s like asking a fox, like a farmer asking a fox, “How do I protect my henhouse from foxes?” We’ve brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries. And many of these people we’ve brought in, I’m afraid, are under the Muslim Brotherhood.

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Mormons, Muslims 
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  1. Is that full page newspaper ad with Billy Graham’s face and words actually paid for by Billy Graham, or are powers behind the throne using/manipulating him? This is, of course, the question I always ask myself when men of the cloth take the side of the mighty, contrary to Our Lady’s statement that God puts them down the mighty from their seat.

    While I want no truck with Islam and feel that we’ve done too much appeasement already, neither do I want a replay of the McCarthy era with Muslims as scapegoats instead of Communists. Franklin Graham sounds like a McCarthy wannabe.

  2. Linda says:

    As a Christian, I have been embarrassed and angry at Franklin Graham’s attacks on Obama, especially the Muslim statements. Graham’s statements are typical of what drives people away from Christianity – hypocrite.

    I also wonder about how much Billy Graham is aware of the statements made in his name. The statements conflict with the softer more inclusive statements Graham made in 2006. In addition, in his later years Billy Graham avoided political involvement. Franklin frequently made statements against Obama during the 2008 campaign and after, but there were not any Billy Graham Association statements until the last few months.

    The change to accept Mormonism as not a cult conflicts with Franklin’s asking Obama if Jesus was the only way to heaven.

    The following is interesting:

    Why Obama Is Better for Israel Than Romney Is

    By Jeffrey Goldberg

  3. TomB says:

    Linda wrote:

    “Graham’s statements are typical of what drives people away from Christianity – hypocrite.”

    NO, I say, as regards Mr. Graham here! NO NO NO! It’s not hypocrisy!

    It’s forehead-slapping stupidity, ignorance, dishonesty, mean-spiritedness, self-regard and cynical self-servingness.

    And now I say to those who were still thinking of voting for Mr. Romney, *these* are the sort of people who you want to side with as we go forward? *These* are the sort of people you want to see empowered?

  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    There is only one book that anyone insterested in Evangelical Christianity needs to read for a full understanding: Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry. Franklin Graham follows directly in that path.

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    All of us who are appalled by the hypocricy and idiocy of Mr Franklin’s utterances can take “comfort” in the fact that we are supporting him through the tax code that continues to allow him to generate finances tax free.

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