In response to the Pentagon dis-inviting him to its National Day of Prayer event, Franklin Graham had this to say:
Graham also said the Pentagon decision was an ominous sign for the future of religious freedom in America.
“I think no question … religious freedom is under attack,” he said. “There has been an erosion now for many years, but we have seen it really accelerate in the last 10 years.
“This political correctness that has crept in, that if we stand for what we believe in, all the sudden we are not tolerant. They almost make it look like we are participating in hate speech, when we say that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and there’s no way to God except through Christ and Christ alone. They are interpreting that now as being hostile and hate speech.”
No, Franklin, that’s not exactly the case. It probably has more to do with some of your earlier comments, like this one:
“We’re not attacking Islam but Islam has attacked us. The God of Islam is not the same God. He’s not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It’s a different God and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion.”
Since there could be as many as 10,000 Muslims serving our country in the U.S. armed services, I think the Pentagon is fully justified and commend it for honoring all soldiers, not just Christians.
Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot – an imam or rabbi invited to speak at the Pentagon after saying that Christian soldiers, sailors and Marines belong to a ‘evil and wicked religion’. What would you think of that, Franklin?
Someone who is on Frank’s side in this hunt is Pat Robertson, who recalled a discussion he had with Billy Graham about his son’s remarks:
“You know,” Robertson told viewers, “I met with his father some time ago and commented on the fact that I agreed with Franklin. And Billy said, ‘Well look, I’m an evangelist. I don’t want to get anybody upset, and attack anybody.’
I guess Billy Graham just doesn’t have the religious conviction that his son has. Which just goes to show you how too much conviction, religious or otherwise, can be a bad thing.