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March 21, 2012

Franklin Graham Meets with NAACP Leaders after Obama Remarks

Clergy from the NAACP had accused Graham of "bearing false witness."

Religious leaders from the NAACP met with evangelist Franklin Graham Tuesday (March 20), less than a month after they accused him of "bearing false witness" when he made statements about President Obama's Christian faith.

"All parties were in agreement that it is essential to our society and our faith that we refrain from demonizing Christians and people of other faiths when they do not agree with us," said the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, a NAACP vice president, in a statement released after the meeting at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.

"We look forward to continued discussions with Rev. Graham."

On Feb. 28, prominent clergy from the NAACP accused Graham of "bearing false witness" and inciting racial discord when he said he couldn't say whether Obama is a Christian and added that "under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees Barack Obama as a Muslim."

Later the same day, Graham issued an apology, saying, "I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama."

On Tuesday, the evangelist and son of Billy Graham expressed appreciation for the meeting.

"While we may agree to disagree on certain political issues we agreed to work together against injustice both in and outside the United States," he said in the joint statement. "I look forward to continuing the dialogue we began today."

The statement said the leaders discussed "the use of faith as a political weapon" and creating "a new narrative about evangelicalism."


Glad to see this spirit of unity

The secular world does not understand the distinction - which should be plain to evangelicals, but apparently is not to all of them - between "being a Christian" and "being Christian." The former is a condition of the heart; the latter, a matter of proximity, association, self-assessment, etc. Rev. Graham's carefully qualified statements reflected that distinction accurately and correctly. To castigate him for it is the same level of hypocrisy of which he is being accuse.

Appreciate Graham's apology; thankful for the NAACP.

I don't watch everything Obama says and does, but I can say from what I've seen that I can't tell if he is a Muslim or a Christian.

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When religious leaders lose focus and start promoting politians or parties instead of God, they only serve to split the community of faith.

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