Franklin Graham, the evangelist and son of Billy Graham, has apologized for questioning President Obama’s Christian faith, insisting that religion has “nothing to do” with his decision not to support the president’s election, according to a report.
“I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama,” Graham said in a statement on Tuesday, according to the Religious News Service.
“I apologize to him and to any I have offended for not better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election — for his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate,” he added.
Graham said he declined to support Obama in the election because of his positions on same-sex marriage and abortion.
The evangelist’s apology comes on the heels of an open letter from faith leaders associated with the NAACP which criticized Graham for “bearing false witness” and using “faith as a political weapon.”