Thousands gathered on the steps of the Oregon Capitol to hear Franklin Graham, influential evangelist and son of Billy Graham, host a prayer rally.

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Evangelist Franklin Graham said he believes Christianity has been attacked and marginalized by “anti-Christ” media and a liberal government and that it is time for Christians to become more active in politics.

Graham discussed faith, politics and religious liberty Tuesday while touring Tennessee on “a call to prayer.” Graham is the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, named after his evangelist father, and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

“The only hope for our country is God, not the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party,” Graham said in a telephone interview with the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee. “I wanted to encourage people to pray and vote, to encourage Christians to run for office.”

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After a tour of all 50 state capitals last year, Graham chose Tennessee and Texas as two states for his 2017 Decision America Tour, a series of rallies where Graham urges attendees to engage in prayer, to accept Jesus Christ as savior, and now, to become more engaged with the secular process of politics as it impacts religious freedom.

In reaction to a decline in church attendance and…