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'Bullied' Rev. Peterson Rebukes Rev. Franklin Graham for Caving in to NAACP, Apologizing to Obama

Contact: Ermias Alemayehu, 213-804-1872 

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, criticized evangelist Franklin Graham after he apologized for questioning President Obama's Christian faith. In a statement released today, Graham said, "I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama." Graham also stated that he objects to Obama's policy stances on abortion and same-sex marriage, which Graham considers to be in "direct conflict" with Scripture. Graham's apology reportedly came on the heels of pressure from black churches and more than a dozen NAACP religious subgroups. The NAACP accused Graham of "bearing false witness" and fomenting racism. Rev. Peterson issued the following statement regarding Graham's forced apology:

    "I am saddened to hear that Rev. Franklin Graham was bullied into issuing an apology for the truthful words he spoke, due to accusations of 'racism' by the NAACP and left-wing black clergy. Franklin Graham's weakness is a pitiful representation of Christ and is disheartening to Christians in America and those persecuted around the world.

    "This is a politically-motivated attack on a Christian leader by Democrats and the NAACP. Democrats could not allow the facts of what Graham said about Obama's faith to stand and cast doubt in the minds of Christian voters. So they attacked the messenger, labeling him a racist and a liar. This is reminiscent of the intimidation used by Hitler in Nazi Germany.

    "Barack Obama has shown without a doubt that he does not believe in a Judeo-Christian God. It's unfortunate that white Christian men and women are being attacked for stating the obvious about this president and they're too weak to stand for righteousness."
 
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