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Evangelist rallies Boston Christians

August 31, 2016

The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham yesterday urged a crowd of more than 1,000 people on Boston Common to vote in November, and although he didn’t tell them whom to cast their ballots for, his rhetoric shared many of Donald Trump’s dystopian themes.

“We’re here today because all of us understand that this country’s in trouble,” the Rev. Franklin Graham said, echoing the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’re on the verge of losing our nation,” he said.

At the latest stop on his “Decision America” tour, Graham cited same-sex marriage — legalized first in Massachusetts — and abortion as two of the “sins” imperiling the nation and urged the crowd to join him in signing a pledge “to honor God with my vote.”

“America is being stripped of its religious heritage,” he said. “Secularism and communism are one and the same: They’re godless ... It’s infiltrated our schools.”

Graham said if he were a church pastor, he would tell his congregation where each candidate stands on the issues.

After the prayer rally, Graham told reporters he knows both Trump and Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, “but it’s not just the person; it’s the parties, and both of our parties... have turned their backs on God, and they’ve embraced secularism.”

Graham said he recently met with Trump when the billionaire visited flood-ravaged Louisiana.

“I appreciate the compassion that he showed to the people that he met with and talked to, and it was a great encouragement to them,” he said. “These people have lost everything, and any politician that comes down (there) puts a spotlight on it. The president came down the next week, and that was good.”