Current News 

Franklin Graham disinvited from Prayer Day

The U.S. Army has withdrawn an invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon on National Prayer Day after a 'watchdog' group objected because Graham has reportedly described Islam as “evil” and “wicked.”
 
In an earlier article Pentagon chaplins affirmed that the invitation to Billy Graham's son stood in the fact of concerns expressed by a Muslim grouping. Graham' latest book – in his latest book, The Name,' Graham writes that Christianity and Islam are enemies, locked in a “classic struggle that will end with the second coming of Christ.”

 
The following report was carried in the 'Stars and Stripes' - a source for military news in the USA.


Franklin GrahamThe [US] Army has disinvited Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon on National Prayer Day after a military advocacy group objected because Graham has reportedly described Islam as “evil” and “wicked.”

“I regret that the Army felt it was necessary to rescind their invitation to the National Day of Prayer Task Force to participate in the Pentagon’s special prayer service,” Graham said in a statement on Thursday.

I want to express my strong support for the United States military and all our troops. I will continue to pray that God will give them guidance, wisdom and protection as they serve this great country.”

Graham was expected to speak at the Pentagon on May 6, drawing the ire of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group focused on religious favoritism in the military.

The group had been prepared to seek a temporary restraining order against National Prayer Day if it were “polluted by someone as hideously Islamophobic as Franklin Graham,” said Mikey Weinstein, head of the group.

In a 2001 op-ed piece, Graham wrote that he does not believe Muslims are evil, but he objects to the treatment of women in Muslim countries and Islam’s historic “persecution or elimination” of other religions.

On Thursday, Graham told Fox News that while he loves Muslims, “I speak out for people that live under Islam, that are enslaved by Islam and I want them to know they can be free through faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone.”Council on American Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said it is “completely inappropriate” for Graham to speak in front of a military audience.

“These are individuals who are potentially going to be stationed in Muslim majority nations, and they don’t need to hear from someone spreading hatred of Islam and Muslims,” Hooper said.

“What does that say to those who are going to be asked to serve in these regions and how is that going to affect their interaction with the local population?” Graham is honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a group that organizes Christian events that was invited to participate in National Day of Prayer by the Pentagon chaplain’s office.

An Army spokesman told the Associated Press the Pentagon’s relationship with the Christian group does not violate Defense Department rules.

We are an all-inclusive military,” said Col. Tim Collins. “We hold observances throughout the year. This one happens to be a Christian-themed event.”

But his comments were criticized by the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy for non-religious Americans.

“For the Pentagon to hold an explicitly ‘Christian-themed event’ around the day of prayer is brazenly out of all reasonable bounds, and explicitly exclusionary to U.S. servicemembers of all non-Christian faiths and of no faith,” group Executive Director Sean Faircloth said in a release.


Stars and Stripes / Christians Together, 26/04/2010

Feedback:
Alec (Guest) 30/04/2010 15:02
Franklin Graham is a dangerous individual who should in no way be speaking at a military establishment

It was Franklin Graham , who said in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks onm America:

“Let's use the weapons we have, the weapons of mass destruction if need be and destroy the enemy”. (CNN, September 14, 2001)

Yes, you read that correctly. I can provide the exact citation if you want it (it is in CNNs archive on their site)

Politics and Relgion is a dangerois cocktail in itself. Add militarism to the mix and you have the potential for a seriously bad message going out

A message which I think Jesus would not approve of

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God"


Editor 06/05/2010 14:50
WND reports: There's a bull's-eye being hung on Christian prayer right now, and one of the attorneys who wages war for the right of Americans to express their faith publicly says on this 2010 National Day of Prayer it's because of a national atmosphere that encourages atheists to make their demands.

"The radical secular, militant atheists are feeling empowered right now," Mike Johnson, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund told WND.

The ADF is one of the premiere organizations that fights for civil and religious rights in the United States and is made up of thousands of lawyers who take on cases as they develop.

Johnson cited two recent developments that reveal a growing antagonism in the United States toward Christian prayer – even though the Continental Congress recognized the value of prayer even before the United States became a nation.

Those situations are the recent "disinvitation" issued by the Pentagon, refusing Rev. Franklin Graham, renowned evangelist and son of Christian legend Billy Graham, permission to participate in a prayer event at the Pentagon because some Muslims didn't like his beliefs.

The second situation is the ruling from a federal judge in Wisconsin that the National Day of Prayer as recognized for hundreds of years and especially as formalized in recent decades is unconstitutional. It's a decision that is being appealed.

Read full story at:
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=150365

(Guest) 07/05/2010 23:23
'The U.S. Army has withdrawn an invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon on National Prayer Day after a 'watchdog' group objected because Graham has reportedly described Islam as “evil” and “wicked.”'

Bottom line is that islam is wicked and evil and the the church and the pc mob are too scared to say so.
Jesus wants every muslim to be saved and christians are called to love everyone, but that does not extend to the system that these people are trapped in.
C B Usher (Guest) 15/02/2013 11:24
I would have liked to share this on Facebook and to follow your site. You only have to read about the inception of Islam and the life of mohammed to realise that Franklin is quiet correct in his assertion .
Editor 15/02/2013 11:46
"I would have liked to share this on Facebook"

Please see 'Share' icon on left-hand margin which allows posting to social networks. Also you can 'copy and paste' the URL into any message that you might send to Facebook etc.

NOTICE: - The 'Response' facility on some articles may be restricted to CT site members. In these circumstances comments/questions from non-site members should be sent to the Editor by e-mail: editor<atsign>christianstogether.net

Christians Together in the Highlands and Islands > Current News > Franklin Graham disinvited from Pentagon Prayer