Sunday, October 21, 2012

Presidential Election 2012 - #4314 - Billy Graham Launches Nationwide 'Vote Biblical Values' Campaign With Full Page Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage - Wall Street Ad - The Blaze (2) Romney's Faith Makes an Appearance During the Debate - The Blaze (3) In Debate Obama Promotes Planned Parenthood Funding - Baptist Press

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) unveiled a new, nationwide campaign today with a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal. The message includes a picture of the preacher, with text encouraging Christians to leave behind a “legacy” for the future by casting “ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles.” Graham, known for his inclusive nature and an ability to reach diverse populations has, of late, involved himself in efforts to defend traditional marriage. In May, the famed evangelist backed North Carolina’s Amendment One, a successful effort to add an amendment to the state’s constitution banning gay marriage. In this new campaign, Graham, again, makes it a point to publicly defend the traditional and biblical definition of marriage.“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last,” the text on the ad reads. “I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Read more........

Romney's Faith Makes an Appearance During the Debate - The Blaze - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a complicated history when it comes to addressing his faith. While he gave a well-known speech about his Mormon beliefs back in 2007 during his first run for the White House, in the years following, some have subsequently accused him of holding back on publicly-stating his theological values (read a full history of Romney’s past comments about his faith here). Despite these critiques, at the Republican National Convention not long ago, Romney opened up candidly about his views on God and his church activities. And last night, at the second presidential debate, the candidate, again, spoke openly about his allegiance to the Mormon faith and the prominent role that his belief in the Almighty plays in both his policies and passion. In powerful closing words, the candidate discussed his personal faith and religious views in an effort to showcase their importance in his life — a message he clearly hoped would resonate with the American electorate. Before delving into these sentiments, Romney highlighted his allegiance to helping citizens — and the nation — get back on track. “I care about 100 percent of the American people,” Romney said, trying to separate himself from his past comments about the 47 percent that caused debate among liberals and conservatives, alike.  Read more, see video .......

In Debate Obama Promotes Planned Parenthood Funding - Baptist Press Planned Parenthood was among President Obama's buzzwords during the second presidential debate Oct. 16 as the incumbent mentioned the nation's largest abortion provider five times, using it to distinguish himself from Republican candidate Mitt Romney. In discussions about tax cuts, workplace inequalities, differences between Romney and George W. Bush and earning votes for re-election, Obama found ways to underscore Romney's pledge to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood, in the latest statistics available, reported performing 329,445 abortions in 2010 and received $487.4 million in government funds in 2009-10. In this election season, Obama launched a television ad campaign that made his pro-choice views a major theme. No previous Democratic nominee had ever made abortion a major general election theme in TV ads.  Read more........

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