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Graham site deletes post calling Mormonism a cult

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has removed language from its website referring to Mormonism as a cult following a visit by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the minister's home.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that the association's website has deleted an article from its website that listed Mormonism as a cult.

Graham chief of staff Ken Barun said the article was removed because the association did not wish to stoke a theological debate about something that had become politicized during the presidential campaign.

Romney visited the 93-year-old evangelist and his son, Franklin Graham, last week in Montreat prior to holding a campaign rally in nearby Asheville. The younger Graham has previously refused to say whether he thinks Romney is a Christian.

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