In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan . . . Franklin Graham refused to say whether or not he thought that Mitt Romney was a Christian, preferring to say that what is important is that various faiths “get along and that we co-exist together and we respect one another.”
Yet, in 2010, he had declared Islam to be “an evil and wicked religion” and because of those remarks, was uninvited from a National Prayer Day ceremony at the Pentagon. In the past, he also questioned President Obama’s place of birth and Christian faith.
Concerning, Obama’s Christianity, Graham at first questioned:
“Now, he has told me that he is a Christian. But the debate comes, what is a Christian? For him, going to church means he’s a Christian. For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith and we have trusted him as our lord and savior. That’s the definition of a Christian. It’s not as to what church you are a member of. A membership doesn’t make you a Christian,” Graham said.
He then eased up somewhat at the very personal level:
“Well, when he says it, of course, I can’t — I’m not going to say, ‘Well, no, you’re not.’ I mean, God — God is the only one who knows his heart.”
But when asked about Romney, whose Mormon faith clearly puts him outside of being a Christian, Graham would not even discuss the issue, let alone question it. He first dodged the question, and then simply refused to talk about it:
MORGAN: Do you think he is a Christian?
GRAHAM: Well, first of all, I’m not going to get into what each candidate believes or they don’t believe. All I know is. . . .
MORGAN: You would forgive me if I said from all of this that you’d probably aren’t quite ready to say he’s a Christian.
GRAHAM: First of all, I’m not going to get into this debate as to who’s a Christian or who’s not a Christian. I’m not even going to go there.
MORGAN: Don’t you think it’s quite an interesting debate, though?
GRAHAM: You ask him. I’m not going to speak for the governor.
MORGAN: Well, I think he would say that he thinks he is Christian …
GRAHAM: I’m not going to get in that debate.