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Franklin Graham blames Christians for not voting

Although one could just as easily infer from his statement that God is at fault, since God is “in charge.”

Evangelist Franklin Graham (son of Billy) told the Christian Broadcasting Network that Pres. Obama was re-elected because the majority of Christians didn’t vote.

 “We know that from of the statistics that I’ve heard that the majority of Christians in this country just did not vote for whatever reason. The vast majority of evangelicals did not go to the polls. God is in control, and if Christians are upset, they need to be upset at themselves. We need to do a better job of getting our people- the church to vote. Now, I’m not trying to tell you how to vote, you can vote, but vote, my goodness, and vote for candidates that stand for Biblical values.”

Graham didn’t exactly say that the vast majority of evangelicals not voting is the reason Pres. Obama was re-elected. Perhaps it’s implied, although one could just as easily infer from his statement that God is at fault, since God is “in charge.” Or perhaps God favored Obama? But that’s above my pay grade and way beyond my poor powers of reason.

On the other, if it matter at all, Graham seems to have his facts wrong. NBC has the breakdown. According to Pew Research Center, Evangelical Christians make up about 26 percent of eligible voters, and according to exit polls, they made up about 26 of the electorate last week. 

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The two most surprising things to me are that a) Evangelicals don’t turn out in above-average numbers, since they are often portrayed as a highly motivated voting group and b) that Romney carried a larger share of the evangelical vote than McCain carried in 2008. What about all the talk of Protestant hostility to Mormons as something other than Christians.