Franklin Graham questions Obama, Romney on Christian faith
Franklin Graham challenged the Christianity of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
February 21st, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Franklin Graham questions Obama, Romney on Christian faith

(CNN) - Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, on Tuesday questioned whether Mitt Romney's Mormon faith qualified as Christianity.

He also raised concerns about President Barack Obama's dedication to Christianity, as well as to Christians living in Muslim countries.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons as members are colloquially known, identify themselves as Christians.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Joe T.

    This has "No True Scotsman" fallacy written all over it.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  2. Primewonk

    I wonder why folks like Graham, Santorum, and the other fundies are unable or unwilling to understand Article VI, Section 3, of the Consti.tuition?

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • HIM

      Because they've never read it šŸ˜‰

      February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Primewonk

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      February 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • just sayin

      Truth Wonderful Truth
      Amazing Grace

      February 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  4. Well Hung Jesus

    The key to having faith is the ability to not accept and ignore reality.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  5. james something

    he already messed up buy doin the i believe in god & u dont act.. i believe in a lot of things. but to ever have a president like JFK again i think we are doomed =[

    February 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  6. james something

    he looks like a pretty straight up guy. sike lmao u can see the greed all over his face... i think he's got some stuck in his teeth...

    February 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  7. james something

    Jimmy. Do you have a better idea? well ima stop you right there. the goverment dosent care. i have ideas that wold change this country for the better. im not christin btw.. the point is the goverment wont listin 2 u or me. & most likely never will. its the sad truth but its true. in our day & age today its 99% government, & 1% the people. when we get a president that can change this then i will vote. & that will be a day in cold hell b4 that happens..

    February 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  8. Jimmy

    Anyone who claims that our country should be ruled by "christian values" is un-american.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  9. Wow

    Give them all enough rope... Ayatolla Santorum is just the latest of the "flavor of the month" from the Party of nothing to offer. Preachers like Graham just do the bidding of whomever is paying them the most.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  10. Colin

    Who cares? Who cares if Romney's "magic underwear" cult is part of the broader family of Christian Iron-Age sky-fairy garbage or whether Iā€™s a separate supernatural belief. It is all childish BS, fit only for the intellectually enfeebled and emotionally weak.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • HIM

      We need to care man because we can't have people who actually believe these things setting policy for the rest of us. This IS NOT the United States of Jesus despite what you might have heard šŸ™‚

      Start caring man-we need all the help we can get.

      February 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  11. sam

    Bleh, non-story about someone no one even pays attention to. Slow news day?

    February 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  12. Doc Vestibule

    It would be nice if God would give his Earthly Interpreters a check list for determining who is Christian and who isn't.
    For an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent being, He sure does loves ambiguity!

    February 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jonathan

      Actually, the bible presents a vast amount of information on what a 'Christian' (follower of Christ) SHOULD be like, HOW they should act and HOW they should present themselves.

      Here is a link you might find helpful: http://www.acts17-11.com/christian.html

      February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, really, Jonnie-jon? Then why are there so many denominations? So many interpretations?

      I'm sure you believe you know which ones are the 'true' ones, don't you?

      February 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  13. clevercandi

    This man will never be what his father was.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Colin


      February 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • jimtanker

      You mean a criminal? Well, he's in the right business for it.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  14. Rev. Dr. Ray Knudsen

    Is Mr. Graham a Christian? How can we know? He says he is so we have to assume he is. He, nor his ministry, are God. Only God can answer the question of a person's faith and practice. All who raise these kinds of questions are themselves committing the ultimate sin: They are claiming to judge as Gods. They are not and have no right to make such judgements.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • sandy

      AMEN Amen

      February 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Brad

      You are right, such judgments are not for people to make: "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

      February 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • willwoodard

      thank you,Only the Lord knows the heart and it's intents.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Well Hung Jesus

      "thank you,Only the Lord knows the heart and it's intents."
      Does the magic man in the sky talk to you?

      February 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Rev, we cannot judge people but we are able to judge their character and actions. Otherwise, anything goes correct?

      February 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      SPAYED Knothead, you seem to think YOU know all about the character and the actions of people you've never met whose lives are completely foreign to your limited, narrow experience.

      I'm sure you'll fit right in with the demographic Santorum's aiming for.

      February 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  15. Mark from Middle River

    From the Full Article : "On Tuesday, he reaffirmed that he does not consider Obama a Muslim, but repeated his argument about Obama's lineage and ties to Islam. "

    The same article he didn't even come out and say that he didn't feel that Romney was Christian.

    Sigh ... another Belief Blog editors and writers just posting snips of an article to see us perform. When the full article has Graham saying that he believes Obama to be a Christian, this same snippet that was posted Danny could also have said

    "Franklin Graham agrees that Obama is a Christian."

    I guess for the Belief Blog editors, that headline would not have the same effect.... I guess that is why we only got part of the article and not the entire article.

    Dance yall' Dance.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  16. momoya

    Why do christians bicker over who is and is not a christian? Because there is no verifiable method to tell who is a "real christian" and who is a fraud. Squabbling is the best they've got.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • mamamia!

      you are not a christian because i dont like the word squabbling. Curse ye!!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • fintastic

      You used the word "bicker" ! heathen!!

      February 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  17. Reality

    And he makes $800,000/yr for spewing his idiocy !!! (guidestar.org)

    February 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  18. GodPot

    Maybe we should settle this dispute like the bible suggests:

    "Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!" And all the people agreed." – 1 Kings 18:23-24

    And whichever God's offering does not spontaniously ignite will prove that their God does not exist, okay? Mormons, you can go first, then followed by fervent praying by the Christians...I hope no one has any plans for the rest of the day, er week, er year... is that winter coming? Could really use some fire to warm things up... Christians? Mormons? Muslims? Any God's out there still able to ignite a wooden alter with no human aid? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Fry?...

    February 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Well Hung Jesus

      LOL@godpot Very true....lets see them put thier faith out there.

      February 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • fintastic

      We're hungry! Fire-up dem bulls god!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  19. jimtanker

    That guy is just as much of an F tard as his father.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • JJ Jukebox

      Funny! I was thinking back to the other preachers over the decades who proclaimed their faith over and over again only to fall victim to their own "short commings". Baker, Swaggert, and a couple others whom I can't remember their names. My point is, what's going to be revealed about Graham that makes us question his faith? It's like a broken record, these guys screw up over and over and over again. It's like shark teeth, one falls out, there's another to replace it.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  20. *facepalm*

    Synopsis: My version of the fairy tale is better than your version of the fairy tale.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • MarcTTF

      ... because my fairytale tells me so.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
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