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.