Franklin Graham: Islam is ‘Wicked’ and ‘Evil’, but Mormonism as a Cult is Calling People Names
Meanwhile, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association still has plenty of articles about ‘cults’ on its website, some with quotes attributed to Billy Graham personally. The site doesn’t name specific groups any more, but its definition continues to conflate groups characterised by a dysfunctional authoritarianism – which the popular understanding of ‘cults’ – with groups that simply hold religious views that have some association with Christianity but which the BGEA regards as unorthodox. That conflation explains why the now-deleted page where Mormonism was named as a cult also included Unitarianism on the list – and I very much doubt that a presidential election involving a Unitarian, almost certainly running as the Democrat candidate, would have given Franklin Graham any reason to think again about ‘calling people names’.
And as regards Islam, Graham Jnr is more than happy not only to fire off denunciatory adjectives, but to use the religion itself in his own arsenal of name-calling; as he explained in the run-up to the election:
‘I can’t say categorically [that Obama is not a Muslim] because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama,’ he said.