“I think you have to ask President Obama,” Graham said when asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” whether the president is a Christian. “He has said he’s a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is.”...Basically what Graham was saying is that Obama says he's a Christian so I have to accept that, but I don't see a lot of signs of it in his life. There's a verse in Matthew that says "by their fruits ye shall know them". Graham sees the tree, but the fruit's not matching up.
The CEO and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Obama told him he started attending church only because community groups in Chicago told him he needed to do so to work with them.
“You have to go by what a person says and how they live their life and where they go to church. Are they faithful church-goers? Or do they just go when the cameras are on them,” Graham said.
Graham explained his belief that the Muslim world sees Obama as a “son of Islam” because of his father’s religious beliefs.
“Under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees Barack Obama as a Muslim. … That’s just the way it works,” he said. “That’s the way they see him. But, of course, he says he didn’t grow up that way, he doesn’t believe in that, he believes in Jesus Christ, so I accept that.”
Of course this set off the National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People and they're basically demanding that Graham make a definitive statement that Obama is a Christian:
As Christian denominational leaders, pastors, and, most importantly, followers of Jesus Christ; we are greatly troubled by recent attempts by some religious leaders to use faith as a political weapon. We were disturbed and disappointed by statements made by Rev. Franklin Graham during an interview on MSNBC that questioned whether President Obama is a Christian. Rev. Graham also seemed to imply that the President may be a Muslim, despite the fact that the President has repeatedly expressed his faith and belief in Jesus Christ. By his statements, Rev. Graham seems to be aligning himself with those who use faith as a weapon of political division. These kinds of comments could have enormous negative effects for America and are especially harmful to the Christian witness.They also played the race card later in the statement:
We are also concerned that Rev. Graham’s comments can be used to encourage racism. We urge him to be mindful of the unprecedented verbal attacks on President Obama based on his race and be careful not to allow his own voice to be used to help drive such hateful words.The NAALCP thinks EVERYTHING encourages racism, so this is no surprise.
There's more to the letter which you can read at the link above, but frankly, this is silly. If Obama and his people are so concerned that people have no doubts about his Christianity, all he has to do is live it. Talk without actions is meaningless and as far as I'm concerned, anyone who shows the level of support for abortion that Obama does isn't going to pass the test.
I thought Graham's response was completely appropriate given everything we know about Obama and he has nothing to apologize for.