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Billy Graham Won't Advise Obama Because of Strong Pro-Abortion Position
Life News.com ^ | 11/7/08 | Steve Ertelt

Posted on 11/07/2008 12:19:28 PM PST by lewisglad

Billy Graham Won't Advise Obama Because of His Strong Pro-Abortion Position

by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor November 7, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Respected Christian preacher Billy Graham has been an advisor and spiritual helper to presidents dating back to President Eisenhower.

But that relationship with presidents will now come to an end because incoming president Barack Obama takes such a profoundly pro-abortion position.

To be sure, Graham's health is playing a part in the decision his son Franklin Graham told the Associated Press.

"My father feels like his time and day for that is over," Franklin Graham said. "But he would certainly like to meet (Obama) and pray with him."

But Franklin expressed concerns about Obama's abortion position -- something he mentioned to the senator during the campaign as a stumbling block -- and indicated that as the main reason.

He told AP the Bible is clear in its teaching that human life deserves respect and protection even before birth.

"President-elect Obama has heard our position," Franklin Graham told the news service. "And I told him that this was very difficult for us and hard for us. It's a moral issue that we just can't back down on."

"But he's our president-elect, and those positions that he holds that are contrary to Biblical teaching, I hope that God will change his heart," Graham added.

Obama's position in favor of unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason was a key issue for pro-life voters during the campaign.

Obama also came under fire for supporting the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, a Congressional bill that would make unlimited abortions under Roe v. Wade the national law and overturn the abortion reduction laws of all 50 states.

The senator also drew condemnation for his votes in the Illinois state legislature against a bill that would have made sure newborns who survive failed abortions receive appropriate medical care.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: abortion; bho2008; bible; billygraham; christians; digg; foca; obama; obamatransitionfile; obamatruthfile; pastors; proaborts
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1 posted on 11/07/2008 12:19:30 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

God Bless Billy Graham for his courageous stand.


2 posted on 11/07/2008 12:20:58 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: lewisglad

I think this is the first POTUS Graham has rejected. This is like Samuel and Saul. Fall on your sword, Obama.


3 posted on 11/07/2008 12:21:17 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: lewisglad

killing live babies crosses everyone’s line. too bad McCain did not drive that point home when given the chance in the debate. He let Obama weasel out with a lie.


4 posted on 11/07/2008 12:21:19 PM PST by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: lewisglad

Good for Billy and Franklin.

Those who voted for this evil should hang their heads in shame.


5 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:08 PM PST by thesetruths
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To: lewisglad

What has light to do with darkness....


6 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:12 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Always Right

God Bless Billy.
Wright can advise Ojimjonesa


7 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:15 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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To: lewisglad

And that’s coming from someone with a disease that the stem-cell fetishists claim they could cure if only we kill enough babies.


8 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:30 PM PST by Scothia (Don't blame me--I voted for Sarah.)
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To: lewisglad
"President-elect Obama has heard our position," Franklin Graham told the news service. "And I told him that this was very difficult for us and hard for us. It's a moral issue that we just can't back down on." "But he's our president-elect, and those positions that he holds that are contrary to Biblical teaching, I hope that God will change his heart," Graham added.

Well said Franklin. I would hope that Rev. Graham is physically able to pray with & for Obama.

9 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:50 PM PST by PleaseNoMore
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To: lewisglad

Weren’t the Clintons pro-partial birth abortion? I think this is more Franklin talking than Billy.


10 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:56 PM PST by Blogger
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To: DBCJR
God bless you Rev. Graham! Ruth must be smiling down from heaven right now...


11 posted on 11/07/2008 12:23:28 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

If Obama is serious about having a diverse cabinet, won’t he have to get a strong evangelical/born-again Christian on the team?


12 posted on 11/07/2008 12:23:34 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: lewisglad

God bless Billy Graham.

However, I fear nothing will stand in the way of the ongoing slaughter of the unborn.


13 posted on 11/07/2008 12:23:45 PM PST by whitey righty
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To: lewisglad

Choosing between God (the real One) and Obama is a simple choice.


14 posted on 11/07/2008 12:23:46 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: lewisglad

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”


15 posted on 11/07/2008 12:24:37 PM PST by americanophile
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To: lewisglad

President-elect Barack (”I don’t want to punish them with a baby!) Obama.


16 posted on 11/07/2008 12:25:22 PM PST by no_go_lie
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I wish this was said about a month or 2 ago.


17 posted on 11/07/2008 12:26:09 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Blogger
Weren’t the Clintons pro-partial birth abortion? I think this is more Franklin talking than Billy.

yes--the Clintons are pro-partial birth abortion... and Billy Graham thinks very highly of Bill Clinton... i never understood that...

18 posted on 11/07/2008 12:26:08 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I wish this was said about a month or 2 ago.


19 posted on 11/07/2008 12:26:13 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: lewisglad

Hussein won’t care. He has “Reverend” Wright to advise him.


20 posted on 11/07/2008 12:27:42 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: latina4dubya

Wasn’t Franklin persona non grata at the Bush White House because he told Bush the TRUTH about Islam?


21 posted on 11/07/2008 12:29:33 PM PST by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: lewisglad

read “ The Preacher and the Presidents” to see why Rev Graham ministered to Presidents.

it is very insightful


22 posted on 11/07/2008 12:29:55 PM PST by Rightly Biased (McCain is the reason Sarah Lost <><)
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To: latina4dubya

Billy’s theology isn’t always as sound as one might think.


23 posted on 11/07/2008 12:30:06 PM PST by Blogger
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To: lewisglad

God has blessed my life by sending Billy Graham. He is a man I’ve always respected and known to be doing God’s Will.


24 posted on 11/07/2008 12:31:13 PM PST by daddydoo
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To: Always Right
killing live babies crosses everyone’s line.

Over 63 million 0bamunist voters disagree and think it's perfectly ok.
25 posted on 11/07/2008 12:31:33 PM PST by mkjessup (0bama the President-elect? 'Reverend' Jeremiah Wright IS a prophet: God has just damned America.)
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To: lewisglad

“I wouldn’t want my daughters saddled with a BABY”


26 posted on 11/07/2008 12:31:40 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: lewisglad; xzins
Good for Billy!!

Abortion is the millstone that is around the neck of America. (Luke 17:2)

The only question is when will God toss us into the sea?

So will Jeremiah Wright or Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton become the new Spiritual Advisor to the Presidents?

Or will it be Rick Warren?

27 posted on 11/07/2008 12:33:06 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: lewisglad

“I hope that God will change his heart,” Graham added.”

If not then....Oh that’s just mean.


28 posted on 11/07/2008 12:33:13 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: DrewsDad

“If Obama is serious about having a diverse cabinet, won’t he have to get a strong evangelical/born-again Christian on the team?”
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Because NO strong evangelical/born-again Christian would want to be on his team. He would not be welcome either.


29 posted on 11/07/2008 12:33:14 PM PST by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: lewisglad

Jerry Wright, Michael Pfleger, and Jim Wallis will be Obama’s “spiritual advisors”.

All pro-abort, all preach socialist/liberation theology.


30 posted on 11/07/2008 12:33:30 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Always Right

It wouldn’t have mattered sadly. We’ve reached the point now where the perception of improving one’s pocketbook trumps the right of the unborn.


31 posted on 11/07/2008 12:36:22 PM PST by rom
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To: lewisglad

He had no problem with pro-abortion Klinton.


32 posted on 11/07/2008 12:37:47 PM PST by sanatan2000
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To: lewisglad

thank you Billy!


33 posted on 11/07/2008 12:38:19 PM PST by housedeep
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To: lewisglad

You have to be a real LOSER for Billy Graham to turn his face from you.


34 posted on 11/07/2008 12:39:00 PM PST by Bobalu (McCain has been proven to be the rino flop I always thought he was.)
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To: lewisglad

Unless Billy Graham starts shouting GD America, I don’t think BO would want his advice.


35 posted on 11/07/2008 12:39:35 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: americanophile
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Yes, that is true, however, Obama claims he is a Christian and yet clings to his sin and the bible is clear on this issue, you shun them.
36 posted on 11/07/2008 12:39:55 PM PST by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: lewisglad
"Advise"?

Evangelize!

37 posted on 11/07/2008 12:41:26 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: lewisglad

How the illuminati theater is designed to fool REAL christians - if you got this example then you got the basics.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Why+voting+machines+did+not+switch+Homosexual+Marriage+in+California


38 posted on 11/07/2008 12:42:23 PM PST by VlPu
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To: whitey righty

The chances are not very good that Obama will ever figure out how things really are. We still have to hope that somehow against all odds, Obama changes his ‘values’, whatever they are. The alternative is too grave and too terrible to even ponder.

If he does not learn in time, we will soon have live-born babies being stabbed through the heart on an operating table. Land of the free becomes land of the ghouls.


39 posted on 11/07/2008 12:44:11 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Soothesayer

Obama had a very strange upbringing, with a Communist mother, a Communist grandfather, and a Communist mentor who may have abused him as a child. It seems to me that nothing short of God knocking him off his horse like St. Paul is likely to change his mind.

And keep in mind that Paul was not consciously a sinner. He was a fervent Jew, who thought he was serving G-d by persecuting Christians for following someone whom he thought was a false messiah, until he was suddenly struck down by the truth. Obama has, I suspect, been warped and twisted all his life, and it will take a powerful miracle to change that.

Billy Graham would not hesitate to visit a sinner. He visited Bill Clinton and tried to advise and help him. I suspect he must fear that Obama is too far gone for him to help. Maybe that’s a wrong reading of the case, but he does seem to be suggesting that Obama is much worse than clinton.


40 posted on 11/07/2008 12:54:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Rightly Biased
What an amazing life.


41 posted on 11/07/2008 12:54:30 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: wolfcreek
“I wouldn’t want my daughters saddled with a BABY”

Punished...a much stronger word than saddled...and the one he specifically used.

God help us, what did this country just do...I've been swinging between abject sadness and Bruce Banner rage since Tuesday night...everytime I see him, or hear his voice, or view his stupid "Office of the President Elect" sign (what was that?)...ugh...and I'm supposed to pray for this evil?

42 posted on 11/07/2008 12:55:35 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Only in a Democrat run Congress can a 9% approval rating get you an increased leadership role.)
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To: thesetruths

I am thankful for their stand. Too many consrv/repub are now praising BO


43 posted on 11/07/2008 1:00:05 PM PST by Glacier Honey (`)
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To: lewisglad

Every time I see one of these articles, I am reminded of many, many posts between me and pro-lifers who said they would “never” vote for McCain.

It made no difference to them at all that he would be running against an extremely pro-abortion candidate (whoever won the Rat nomination). In their view, it wasn’t their “responsibility” if they refused to vote against the Rat nominee and he won; they were absolved, they said, because it was the “GOP’s fault” that they were not given a candidate they liked.

I hope they changed their mind by election day.

But I bring this up because this line of thinking must be repulsed and the true consequences of it brought home again and again.

More and more children will die because Obama won this election. In my judgment, refusing to act to try to DEFEAT Obama and ALL the likeminded people would will be in his administration and nominated to the courts, by voting for McCain, is a morally culpable act. And very sad.

I’m only asking that people think through this point as we continue to work for the cause of life in a very, very abortion- and infanticide-committed administration. We need to continue to educate in love, even on our own side sometimes.


44 posted on 11/07/2008 1:00:26 PM PST by fightinJAG (Who needs the Fairness Doctrine? Obama admits the power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: lewisglad

Obama been Lyin’ already has a spiritual environment:

The Reverend Jeremiah “US OF KKK A” Wright.


45 posted on 11/07/2008 1:00:51 PM PST by dotnetfellow
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To: lewisglad
Excerpt:

Though never partisan in his preaching, Billy Graham is a registered Democrat. His son expressed concern about Obama's views on abortion and gay marriage — an issue Franklin Graham raised in a meeting with the Illinois senator — saying that he and is father are conservatives who believe the Bible speaks clearly on those issues.

"President-elect Obama heard our position," Franklin Graham said. "And I told him that this was very difficult for us and hard for us. It's a moral issue that we just can't back down on."

"But he's our president-elect, and those positions that he holds that are contrary to Biblical teaching, I hope that God will change his heart," said Graham, who now heads the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hDqdbR7yEX1ua_ck_SuSCaHRFsIAD94A8L880


46 posted on 11/07/2008 1:01:52 PM PST by XR7
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To: lewisglad

Wow - he looks like a kid in those first photos (with Truman and Ike). Hard to think of him as stepping away from the advisor role; he has been such a fixture for nearly 60 years.


47 posted on 11/07/2008 1:02:41 PM PST by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: lewisglad

In other words, Obama is a spiritual lost cause.


48 posted on 11/07/2008 1:04:51 PM PST by littlehouse36
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To: lewisglad

My, he was handsome.

Did y’all know the horrible thing BO said about poor, dear Nancy Reagan today? And it wasn’t even true!


49 posted on 11/07/2008 1:05:01 PM PST by thesetruths
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To: lewisglad

Of all the sickening stuff from this scary freak - his atance on infanticide is the most evil and one that reflects on all of us.

God Bless the Grahams.


50 posted on 11/07/2008 1:05:18 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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