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.”