Graham Axes Mormonism From His List of Cults

Just in time for a 'WSJ' ad backing conservative candidates
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
Graham Drops Mormonism From His List of Cults
Mitt Romney meets with Rev. Billy Graham, at his home last week in North Carolina.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Billy Graham moved this week to obviously embrace Mitt Romney for president. But there was something he had to do first: remove Mormonism from his website's list of "cults." Until this week Mormonism was on a list with Scientology on the reverend's Evangelistic Association site. The "M" word was jettisoned shortly after Romney visited Graham at his North Carolina home last week, reports ABC. “We removed the information because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign," explains a spokesman for Graham.

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Graham’s organization also took out an ad in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, in which Graham asks people to vote for socially conservative candidates who follow "biblical" principles—without mentioning Romney's name. "As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election may be my last,” Graham says in the ad. “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.” (Read more Billy Graham stories.)

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