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NAACP pushes back against Graham ad

Posted October 29, 2012

— After meeting with Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney earlier this month, the Rev. Billy Graham bought newspaper advertisements widely viewed as a tacit endorsement of the GOP nominee.

"I strong urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God," reads copy from one version of the ad.

The North Carolina NAACP will hold a news conference in Charlotte this morning to push back against this message. The group says that Graham's "ultra-conservative" version of Christianity is not the only one that ought to inform the electorate: 


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina NAACP, and a diverse group of statewide religious leaders, will conduct a News Conference on Monday, 10 A.M. in Charlotte, NC. The ministers will present a values perspective that sharply differs from those espoused in recent full-page ads paid for by Franklin Graham's "Billy Graham Evangelistic Association."

Rev. Barber said, "While we love and respect our brothers and sisters in the faith, the ultra-conservative Religious Right's perspective on values is often incomplete and devoid of a justice critique that ought to dominate any serious examination of the Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ."

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Joining Rev. Barber are Rev. Dr. Gregory Moss, president of the Lott Carey Foundation, Rev. Dr. John Mendez of the General State Baptist Convention, leaders of the NC Council of Churches and representatives from other denominations who will be announced at the news conference, collectively representing thousands of churches in North Carolina. The group will also release an Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which bought the paid advertisements.

"The values people ought to consider when voting this year are: 1) economic sustainability, addressing poverty, full employment and labor rights, 2) educational equality for all students and children, 3) healthcare for all and ensuring access to Medicare and Medicaid, 4) addressing the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system for black, brown and poor white people, 5) protecting, defending and expanding voting rights for all people," Rev. Barber said.


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  • oldaltar Nov 1, 12:29 p.m.

    Barber is a racist. Yes, racism goes both ways.

    Out of the abundance of your heart the mouth speaks.

  • NC Dawg Nov 1, 10:34 a.m.

    Barber is a racist. Yes, racism goes both ways.

  • oldaltar Nov 1, 10:12 a.m.

    God hate all sin not just sexual sin. You are not excluded. The Bible say. "Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God". So should we make laws for all of the above which will affect some of us? Therefore no one can cast a stone, not even Rev. Graham. If the Gospel of Christ Jesus which is the power of God unto salvation, that he preached does not change a person life, then no law ever will. The U.S. is not the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is within us. Jesus did not force His teachings on anyone. This is why Jesus said “whoever will let them come”. It was not the law that made people change but it was love.

  • baldchip Oct 30, 4:17 p.m.

    Could it be that the Graham Ministries have realized that Mormans are good people?? Yes, Mormans do some things and think some things that many Christians may disagree with! However,
    look at the quality of the people!!

    Gov. Romney has had 1 wife for his whole life, he has 5 boys who are not in jail, on drugs, or drunk, he gives more money to charity than Obama makes or Biden has EVER given to charity!

    Rev. Billy Graham has done more for the people of the world than Rev Barber could dream of doing! Yet, Rev Barber questions his decisions???

    No thank you.

    SAVE AMERICA-ROMNEY for PRESIDENT!!

  • georgerab2010 Oct 30, 10:53 a.m.

    Billy Graham has brought millions of people to the Lord in the past 5 decades and those who speak against him are controlled by demonic powers and realizes that our govt is being controlled by that same evil spirit who owns the world.God is watching and you will be taken to the depths of hell unless you turn towards God and Dr. Graham suggests. I understand how that must repulse you but it is not too late to turn in the other direction.

  • georgerab2010 Oct 30, 10:49 a.m.

    Yeah, those folks who actually read their Bible are ultra conservative while those who make up their own rules are voting for the devil. Good luck to the Reverends who are endorsing murdering babies and gay marriage. My Bible reads, I will spew you out of my mouth said the Lord. Also, Billy Graham is not encouraging Christians to vote for mormonism which by the way uses the same Bible that we use, but he is encouraging christians to vote for the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage and the person who will stand up for God's people Israel and God's principles. I feel sorry for those ministers who are leading their flocks to vote for gay marriage and murdering of innocent children. They are going to be in deep trouble when they stand before the Lord. You have to ask yourself can Jesus live in the hearts of those who endorse murder and gay marriage when both are an abomination to God. No!

  • f6rider Oct 29, 10:21 p.m.

    Who really cares what the NAACP thinks? WRAL I can't believe you even bother posting this William Barber related rubbish, nothing involving Barber is new worthy!

  • lavjt Oct 29, 4:54 p.m.

    @ coolbreeze: Until 2 weeks ago the Billy Graham foundation website stated that mormonism is a cult. You want to talk about racist you need not look any further but in the mirror! Rev. Barber may not mean anything to you, but to many he does and what is unfortunate is the credibility Rev. Graham has enjoyed for years went all crashing down last week thanks in part to his racist son, but nonetheless it has. Whenever some of color speak on issued important to their community it is all of a suddent stirring up trouble, you should not be so narrow minded!

  • lavjt Oct 29, 4:50 p.m.

    All may not agree with Rev. Barber, however he is a voice for many people who often feel left out. Billy Graham for years did not insert himself into the political process and now with the influence of his son who is definitely NO BILLY GRAHAM has in my view wiped away years of credibility. Franklin Graham has used his father's name and influence in the worst way and that quite frankly is unfortunate!!

  • go fish Oct 29, 4:39 p.m.

    Billy Graham's name, words, deeds and influence will be remembered long after Rev Barber's rhetoric has faded from public memory

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