After evangelists Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham endorsed Republican Gov. Mitt Romney for president, references on the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's website that Mormonism is a cult and not a Christian religion were erased. Later, the younger Graham gingerly sidestepped the issue of Romney's Mormon faith with CNN's Piers Morgan, claiming that the most important thing for Christians this election season is opposition to gay marriage.
Billy Graham is now urging his followers to "vote biblical values." In a posting on his website, he writes:
The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.
Much has been made of Graham's advancing years, including a "My Hope" campaign to coincide with his 95th birthday in November 2013. Already, followers are being urged to make lists of non-believers who they can proselytize to so that "millions will come to Christ."