Franklin Graham has apologized for comments he made on MSNBC's Morning Joe last week in which he seemed evasive about whether he considered President Obama a Christian. "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. He said that he does not support Obama for reelection, but that "his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate."
The evangelist had come under fire from a religious subgroup of the NAACP, which accused him of "bearing false witness," by implying Obama was a Muslim, the Religion News Service reports. When asked whether he believed Obama was a Christian, Graham replied, "You have to ask him," though he did say he accepted Obama's word that he was. Asked if he believed categorically that Obama was not a Muslim he said, "I can't say categorically, because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama." By contrast, he said there was "no question" Rick Santorum was a Christian "because his values are so clear on moral issues."