Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith commitment
February 28th, 2012
10:58 PM ET
8 years ago

Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith commitment

(CNN) – The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday apologized for publicly raising questions about President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, saying “I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama.”

The statement from Graham came in response to a letter from faith leaders associated with the NAACP that said Graham’s statements “have enormous negative effects for America and are especially harmful to the Christian witness.”


Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • NAACP • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. macrasta

    thank you NAACP for calling him out!

    February 28, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. otermbachmann

    Another Satan Santorum.

    February 28, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Franklin is an embarrassment to Christians everywhere.

    February 28, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Enodot

    Frankie is a hypocrite, more worried about getting his sheep to come hear him so he can keep his wealthy status

    February 28, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Enodot

    Thanks for letting me post Mr. CNN Moderator!

    February 28, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. scottf

    He is not even close to the class of his father.

    February 28, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. NameBettye Bedgood

    Well, I guess it's good he saw the need to apologize but, has still tarnished my view of him and just how Godly of a man he is.

    February 28, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  8. Ragatang

    Santorum and Graham Jr has manage to turn GOP to CHRISTIAN BROTHERHOOD Party.

    February 29, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. noe

    He is apologizing yet that's what he truely believes! As a christian i will not support that association anymore!

    February 29, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Tired of republican lies

    He should..because this extremist was wrong on all fronts.

    February 29, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. Who Knew?

    I did not realize that the calling to Jesus was a genetic trait. The Holy Spirit passed from Billy Boy to his evil son Franklin Graham.

    February 29, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  12. Robert

    What right does he have question Baracks moslem faith errerrerer I mean Barry's christian faith. After all Barack is a moslem name, and Barry his christian name that he never uses.

    February 29, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  13. Maggie

    As a Christian I was disappointed about the Franklin three Ring Circus. The focus of a Christian is to be a witness of Christ's love and to bring people to Christ. Franklin did neither by calling out the President. I believe Billy wouldn't have engaged in such rhetoric, but rather, would have prayed regularly with Obama. That's a true Christian.

    February 29, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  14. Thomas

    I respect him for making amends .

    I hope he sends his apology to the President in writing.

    February 29, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  15. Demswin2012

    Franklin Graham is bad. What does his apology really mean? He got his message out big time and that is all that counts to these religious freaks. Yes. That is what allthat counts. This man has no shame.

    February 29, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  16. Dee

    The truly sad thing is that he meant what he said about Obama but I don't think he meant the apology.

    February 29, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  17. Steve

    Hope this nation evenually comes to grips with it's ambivalence towards our president and where that ambivalence comes from. Graham's views have not roots in the word of God. It takes courage to stay true to the teachings of the new testament and Mr. Graham does not have that.

    February 29, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  18. jerri

    if many of these so called christians would truthfully adhere to bibical teachings,they would come to understand that their words and actions are counter to GOD.this whole charade of better christians versus non believers has gotten out of hand.we are all sinners,none perfect save the SON OF GOD.

    February 29, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  19. kathy smelser

    to little to late ......i thought you were above the games above the politics .......must be someone else

    February 29, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  20. GI Joe.

    Frankie is NOTHING – just another money-grubbing jeebus-freak trying to make money off his father's reputation. Kick him out of public view.

    February 29, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  21. Dilip Samuels

    Where do you get these right wing Christian bigots who question the Americaness based on right wing Christianity which is actually a disgrace to Christianity

    February 29, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |