Franklin Graham apologizes to Obama

Feb. 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The Rev. Franklin Graham apologized for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama is a Muslim and says he is not supporting him for re-election for other reasons.

Graham, the son of Billy Graham and president of the charity Samaritan's Purse, responded to criticism from a black clergy group that is part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Religious News Service reported. In a statement, the group accused Graham of bearing "false witness."

"I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama," Graham said in a statement Tuesday. "I apologize to him and to any I have offended for not better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election -- for his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate."

He added that he considers Obama's support for abortion rights and his stand on same-sex marriage to violate scripture.

In an interview on MSNBC, Graham said he could not "answer that question for anybody" when he was asked if he believes Obama is a Christian. He then said that under Islamic law Obama would be a Muslim because his father was one.

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