The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has removed references on its Web site to the idea that Mormonism is a cult, the Charlotte Observer reports, adding that it’s only one of many signs of growing closeness between the Graham family and Mitt Romney.
While Billy Graham has never formally endorsed a candidate, the ties between the family and Romney have grown tighter, starting with Franklin’s call before the S.C. presidential primary for conservative Christians to not hold Romney’s religion against him. “We are not electing a pastor-in-chief,” he said at the time.
Mark DeMoss, Franklin Graham’s longtime spokesman, is now a Romney adviser. DeMoss told the Associated Press last week that Franklin Graham “is doing everything he can to encourage churches to encourage their people to get out and vote.”
The move comes soon after Mitt Romney’s meeting with both Grahams in North Carolina. According to a Romney campaign aide, at the meeting, Graham told Romney, “I’ll do all I can to help you.” And in a recent editorial, Franklin Graham wrote, “[C]an an evangelical Christian vote for a Mormon? My answer is yes.” He praised Romney and his father as sharing evangelicals’ “common values.”