Franklin Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham is apologizing for comments he made last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, in which he cast some personal doubt regarding President Obama’s religious affiliations (the President has, on many occasions, identified as Christian).
“I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama,” Graham said in a statement. He continued by saying that though he does not support President Obama for re-election, he clarified that “his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate.”
Naturally, Graham the younger came into some criticism all his own for his comments, primarily from a religious subgroup of the NAACP, which accused him of “bearing false witness,” for implying that Obama is in fact a Muslim rather than a Christian. When Graham was asked whether or not he believed that Obama was a Christian, he responded with, “You have to ask him,” before saying that he accepted Obama’s word that he does indeed practice Christianity.
Graham was then asked if he believed that Obama was not a Muslim, to which he responded, “I can’t say categorically, because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama.” Contrasting this, in Graham’s opinion, there is “no question” as to Rick Santorum’s Christianity “because his values are so clear on moral issues.”
I’m actually kind of surprised this is still an issue.