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 >>
Evangelist Billy Graham commended Mitt Romney for his values and moral convictions after meeting with the GOP presidential candidate at his North Carolina home on Thursday.
"What impresses me even more than Governor Romney's successful career are his values and strong moral convictions," Graham said in a statement. "I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons."
Graham, 93, said he was friends with Romney's late father, former Michigan Governor George Romney, and has followed the younger Romney's career. more >>
A federal court has ruled in favor of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association against a suit brought by a former employee alleging racial discrimination.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina Charlotte Division ruled on Friday that the BGEA did not racially discriminate when they fired Kimberly McCallum, an administrative assistant who was at the time the only African-American employed at the executive offices.
"In conclusion, a jury could not reasonably find or infer that discrimination was a motivating factor in any of the challenged employment decisions of BGEA," wrote Richard Voorhees, U.S. District Judge. more >>
As the 2012 International AIDS Conference continues this week in Washington, D.C., Franklin Graham shared in a blog post his thoughts on how the Church should act toward those infected with the life-threatening disease.
According to Graham, who serves as the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, the Church should not condone premarital or extramarital sex, but it should show compassion toward victims of the disease. more >>