The Rev. Billy Graham, noted evangelist and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has officially endorsed the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the soon-to-be 95-year-old Graham mentioned his connections to the state and his hopes for how they vote next Tuesday.
"For more than 50 years, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was based in Minneapolis and we were blessed by the support of thousands of Minnesotans who helped us spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world," said Graham. more >>
I was in Europe when I first heard of Billy Graham's "endorsement" of Mitt Romney. I was skeptical of this report because I knew that Graham was not in the habit of endorsing a particular candidate for any political office. When I saw a copy of Billy Graham's statement, it made a lot more sense. This is what he said:
On November 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God.
Some have decried Graham's turning "political" in an election year. Others have claimed that the great evangelist in his senescence is a mere puppet of his son Franklin – a baseless claim that smacks of brazen ageism. That Graham met with Romney is no more surprising than the fact that he met with President Obama in 2010, another election year. Billy Graham is a national treasure and has met with every president since Harry Truman. Although he is a lifelong Democrat, Graham's relationships have always transcended politics. He preached the funeral of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and he led President George W. Bush to personal faith in Jesus Christ. more >>
The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has sent an open letter to Reverend Franklin Graham over his views on President Barack Obama.
The letter can be found on the NAACP of North Carolina's website and was signed by several black clergy, including the state chapter's president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.
Barber and the others expressed concern over the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association purchasing ads across North Carolina that insinuated that Republican challenger Mitt Romney was more Christian than President Obama. more >>
Journalist Roland Martin criticized in a recent op-ed the Rev. Billy Graham's new "vote biblical values" campaign, suggesting that Graham should address other issues in addition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Graham's new campaign also has critics questioning the reason for the evangelist's recent interest in politics, as in the past the evangelical leader has maintained a fairly impartial attitude toward the political process.
Martin, who is the host of TV One cable news network's "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" and author of The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House, begins his opinion piece by pointing to the full-page advertisements which Graham has run in national newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today.
The full-page advertisements are part of Graham's "vote biblical values" campaign, which suggests support for certain biblical values instead of one certain politician. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has stated that President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage is a "big problem" for him regarding Christian voters.
In remarks made on the CNN program Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday, Graham told Morgan that President Obama's stance in favor of same-sex marriage would hurt him in the polls.
"God instituted marriage. And for the president to now back something that is against God's position and – is a big problem for him with not only Evangelical churches, but African-American churches across this country who are very conservative," said Graham. more >>
An article describing Mormonism as a "cult" was removed from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) website following Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit with Graham last week.
The article described The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormonism, as a group that "teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith." Other groups identified as cults in the article include Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarians, the Unification Church, Scientologists and Spiritists.
The article was removed sometime after Romney, a Mormon, visited Graham at his Montreat, N.C., home last week. Ken Barun, chief of staff for BGEA, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday that the organization removed the article in order to avoid a debate, though he did not specify whether or not the candidate's visit had anything to do with the timing of its removal. more >>