Billy Graham’s daughter: ‘I would not vote for an atheist’

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 8, 2012 14:14 EDT

The daughter of televangelist Rev. Billy Graham says that it’s important to discriminate against candidates who are atheists because politicians “should have a fear for almighty God.”

In an interview with Ann Graham Lotz on Sunday, NBC host David Gregory noted that her father had advocated using every form of modern communication to spread Christianity.

“For the church, for my daddy, who is an evangelist, I don’t think he was necessarily talking about the political arena when you’re running for president,” Graham Lotz explained. “It’s interesting that Jimmy Carter and George Bush were both considered evangelicals, but very different. So to me, I still think we need to look at the policies.”

“I would not vote for a man who is an atheist,” she declared. “Because I believe you need to have an acknowledgement, a reverence, a fear for almighty God. And I believe that’s where wisdom comes from.”

A 2007 Newsweek poll found that 62 percent of Americans would not vote for a candidate who was an atheist, making atheists one of the groups most politically discriminated against in the U.S.

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Comment by Grady Jean on April 9, 2012 at 1:40pm

Wonder if I could talk the moron into selling her vote...

Comment by Jacob on April 9, 2012 at 4:42pm

I saw this on TV yesterday, and I felt that it was so inconsiderate. I am Atheist, but am a big fan of Obama, a Christian, and would definately vote for him no matter his religion (I am not of voting age yet). I find it incredible offensive that an Atheist would vote for a theist, but that some theists would refuse to vote for an Atheist.

Comment by SteveInCO on April 9, 2012 at 10:52pm

Your proposed reversal doesn't make sense to me, Jacob.

Because some atheists are willing to vote for a theist, NO theist should ever refuse to vote for an atheist?

What if one of them complains that because some theists are willing to vote for an atheist (surely true) it's offensive to them that some atheists won't vote for a theist?

As sucky as it is to be an atheist running for office in the US, people have the right to vote for the person of their choice for whatever reason, even if that reason "offends" you, Jacob.  Countless times I have heard atheists state that they will refuse to vote for Santorum or even Romney because they are religious.  How is that any different?  Why shouldn't that offend Christians, if the reverse situation can offend you?

Comment by Bryan B on April 9, 2012 at 11:37pm

Ya no surprises here. Good ol' indoctrination her kids and their kids will say the same thing.

Comment by Tash on April 10, 2012 at 2:16am

Pretty sure the founding forefathers stated that religion should not be mixed with politics. I'm Australian and I know that :-/

Comment by SteveInCO on April 10, 2012 at 3:02am

The constitution does indeed say that there shall be no religious test for public office.  That basically forbids the government from passing laws saying you have to be an Xian, or maybe a member of a specific sect, to serve in office.

It does not and cannot govern what individual voters insist on seeing in a candidate who they vote for.

Comment by Tash on April 10, 2012 at 3:29am

Aye, that is true. But it seems like stepping around it, going for candidates who won't pass certain acts because god wouldn't want them to

Comment by Kairan Nierde on April 10, 2012 at 3:38pm

Well, I don't blame her.  She thinks it's wise to view everything through a thousand year old veil.  She's not going to get that from one of us.  I am of like mind, in that I also agree it is important that a candidate shares my world view.  Mine's just a little less musty.

Comment by Jacob on April 10, 2012 at 9:45pm

You know, SteveInCO, you're right. I overreacted. I agree with Brandon Langham's point of view.


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