Sep 29

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« It’s hard for me to believe that this letter does not have political intent, » he said.Its move to decry what he would see as moral decay « would be tied to the Obama administration, » he argued, asking rhetorically why Graham would not have issued the statement in response to an event like the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.In response to the controversy, Larry Ross, Graham’s spokesperson, said that “the letter does not address timely issues.”“‘My Heart Aches for America,’ was written 6-8 weeks ago – long before recent current events, such as the tragic shooting in an Aurora, Colo movie theater, or the ongoing Chik-fil-A controversy,” Ross said in an email to CNN. “He is responding to general struggles in our culture and a moral decline that has existed through his public ministry.”

At the same time, Ross said that Graham is keen on the idea of eating Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.“Considering Mr. Graham’s age and limited mobility, his statement today was more an expression of sentiment and solidarity with the Cathy family and their cause than actually a commitment to go to a Chik-fil-A himself,” Ross said. “But he does plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ on Aug. 1, which I expect someone will be able to get for him to enjoy at home.”Balmer said that evangelicals would take note of the letter, though Graham has largely retired from the public eye in recent years.

Follow the CNN Belief Blog on Twitter »There is certainly admiration for Billy Graham, as there should be, » Balmer said. « There is lingering respect for Billy Graham and I think that people will take notice. »But he said the comparison to Sodom and Gomorrah – which Graham attributes to his late wife Ruth in the letter – was startling. »When Billy Graham came to Madison Square Garden in 1957, he made comments comparing New York City to Sodom and Gomorrah and was roundly criticized for it, » Balmer said. Since that time, Balmer said, Graham has largely avoided making the comparison to the Biblical cities.