Billy Graham gets involved in the Nov. 6 election

On page A9 of today’s Fresno Bee, the Rev. Billy Graham has placed an advertisement that makes it clear how he feels about the Nov. 6 election:  ”I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these issues.”

Graham has placed similar ads in newspapers around the country this week. While the newspaper advertisement does not mention Mitt Romney, the ad campaign is viewed as support for the Republican presidential candidate. Romney recently met with Graham in his Montreat, North Carolina home. After the meeting, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association adjusted its website to no longer make reference to Mormonism as a cult. Graham also issued this statement after the meeting with Romney:

“It was an honor to meet and host Gov. Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Gov. George Romney, whom I considered a friend. I have followed Mitt Romney’s career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States.

“What impresses me even more than Gov. Romney’s successful career are his values and strong moral convictions. I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.”



Brian Murray says:

So think about this…an endorsement from the Rev.Billy Graham or Reverend Wright…one promotes love of all while the other spews hate and the fact he(Wright) was Obamas’ pastor and provided decades of guidance was all but ignored by the media…but let’s not talk about that…let’s talk about scary Billy Graham and throw in some cult innuendos on top of it…more journalistic malpractice.

Stan says:

I guess you’d call good ole Billy the “Godfather of Sole” ? A bit fishy if you asked me.

Brian Murray says:

Stan…please explain what the meaning of your post is…thanks.

Kim Tanksley says:

Sometimes i look at the difference between the Dems and Reps and I dont see two political parties with different economic approaches but i see merely a religious war. The founding fathers were of extremely different religious backgrounds and they understood that religion should be kept out of government. I was listening to the Republican national convention and I was getting inspired until they started in on abortion and gay marriage. I am a Christian, I would never get an abortion nor promote one to someone who asked; however, that is my belief system and in a country with freedom of religion, it is not my place to deny that from someone else. They have to answer to their own God. Gay marriage is the same. Marriage is a secular institution and was long before Christianity. All citizens should have the same rights. A huge part of what divides our country are religious issues that have no place in government. It is not in the spirit of the intent that founded this country. It really is a shame because I believe the Dems and Reps are not that far apart in issues and can actually work together if the religious issues were taken off of the table. Their differences are economic policy and approach. It would sure be nice if we could focus on this and work toward rebuilding this country instead of petty bickering over religious ideologies.

Brian Murray says:

Kim…I respectfully disagree that Republicans and Democrats are not really far apart on the issues…there is a deep divide and Democrats never seem able to accept losing on theirs.

Kim Tanksley says:

We will have to disagree then Brian. If one takes out the religious issues, the goals for the country are very similar. It is a difference in approach is all. Their approaches are fundamentally different. If we remove all the baggage and focused on negotiating the fundamental economic approaches, we’d do more good and get farther faster. As for your comment that the Dems aren’t able to accept losing on their issues, the same is very true of Reps. I happen to be part of neither party anymore.

Brian Murray says:

Kim…not so…look at all the things passed by the people that the dems have found a judge to overturn and compromise is only when the right goes along with the left…please tell me when the door has swung the other way.The right wins legitimately whereas the left uses shinanigans to push their agenda because they can’t stand the light of day…there is a difference in ideology that religion is a very small part of and it’s a weak excuse to use…look at what’s going on in the Mideast,Libya, the economy,our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, our culture and ask yourself…is this the fault of George Bush and the Republicans?…honestly, the root of most of the problems with this country is the leftist agenda and their miscreants…and now we’re at a tipping point. I am so enraged at the Obama administration and the complicit media over the abandonment and accessory to murder of our people in Libya that I have had enough with trying to understand and get along with his supporters.The Bee is a co-conspirator in burying the facts and promulgating their lies so much that I’m going away…screw anything they’re associated with…they’re on the wrong side of the truth…vote your conscience!…BM has left the building.

Kim Tanksley says:

you are taking it beyond my comment Brian… I was commenting on people in general.. the voters. Perhaps it would have been easier to make my point if I added in addition to the religious aspects, if one also removed the partisan political games and dishonesty then the two sides differ only in approach. You yourself play partisan games. Democrats are not working in a vacuume. Both sides play into many of these problems. As for the Dems you speak of you lump all into the category of the extreme and most Dems are closer to the middle and do not even condone some of the shenanigans that are being played by the far left. The same is true of conservatives, most are closer to the middle than you would think but for some reason in this country the extremist seem to be running the show. The rest of us are busy working i guess.

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