Actions Speak Louder Than Words

UPDATE: CBN reports McCain Campaign Says Story Rejecting Billy Graham Meeting Not True

And from Newsmax Billy Graham: I’ve Had No Contact With McCain Campaign

McCain Campaign Declines to Meet with Billy Graham

“The rejection of an offer to meet with Graham is yet another indication that the McCain campaign has made a deliberate, strategic decision to chart a new course for the GOP, a course without the sizeable evangelical Christian voting bloc serving as its base.”

I had the same impression from the letter. This bothers me. It seems like yet another signal from the McCain campaign that they are not interested in representing conservative evangelicals, they are only concerned about garnering our support this fall (and apparently not very concerned at that). They seems to think he will get it by default.

I have long said many of the Republican leadership don’t like conservative Christians nor support our values. They have needed our support to win elections, and they have been willing to say or do whatever it takes to get us on board. John “Straight Talk” McCain is just exhibiting those true feelings.

Am I reading too much into this, or am I right? What possible reason could he have for not meeting with Graham?

HT:Doug Phillips

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8 thoughts on “Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  1. Could bee he is “Gun shy” sotospeak with all the bad press, that the campaigns ,has been getting with all the Evangelicals,

    just a thought,

  2. Cameron,

    David Brody of CBN is reporting that this story is false.

    “The piece in Newsmax is false. Our campaign has been working directly with Reverend Franklin Graham’s office to facilitate an important meeting between John McCain and Reverend Billy Graham. The report’s implication that we have ‘declined to meet with Billy Graham’ is blatantly false, because our campaign has already been working directly with Franklin Graham’s office and politely declined Mr. Jacobs’ offer to help facilitate a meeting. John McCain has the highest respect for Reverend Billy Graham and looks forward to meeting with him in the future.”

  3. jel,
    That could certainly be a concern given the “problems with preachers” the candidates have had this year. Dr. Graham tends to transcend that sort of thing, especially as he does not endorse and is willing to meet with both candidates for in his words, “address spiritual concerns.”

    Technically the story was not “untrue,” so much as it was incomplete. Either way, I hope everything is settled. Doesn’t change my overall viewpoint, but is a little more encouraging.

  4. I wonder if McCain is concerned about Franklin Graham’s position on Islam.. I can see the headlines now..

    McCain supporter says Islam “is a very evil and wicked religion.”

  5. This year, it seems anyone is fair game, KB. Let’s just wait and see!

    I find it frustrating when journalists portray religious points of view in a secular framework. This has happened with both Revs. Wright and Hagee. Without understanding the theological world-view of both these men, their statements are made to sound bizzare. I may not agree with some of their statements, but understanding why they made them, I cannot condemn them as harshly as some have.

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