So, the Pentagon honors all its soldiers, even Muslims?

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.

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  1. #1 by logiopath on April 27, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Thou shalt not disagree with a member of the Graham family, lest thy brain rot from guilt.

    Ah, but seriously. I’ve never been too crazy about the Grahams.

    The military should honor all religions held within its ranks–but not create an environment hostile to Christians.

    • #2 by Christian Beyer on April 28, 2010 - 3:51 pm

      Right. And they are NOT creating an environment hostile to Christians. Something like 80% of the armed forces identify with Christianity. I have friend who was a chaplain in the army for 8 years, just got out last year. There were no restrictions placed upon him, other than he was discouraged from actively ‘evangelizing’ (where evangelizing has come to mean proselytizing).

      The Pentagon may just be creating an environment hostile to one dimensional TV preachers.

  2. #3 by anon on April 28, 2010 - 1:05 am

    Great example of why we should have the “right” understanding of monotheism. When we accept that there is only ONE God and we all worship him—we can move away from the petty rhetoric of “My God is better than your God”!

    Surah 2 verse 148
    To each is a goal to which God turns him; so strive together (compete) towards all that is good. Wherever you are, God will bring you together. For God has power over all things.

    hate divides, but love of God can bring us all together.

  3. #4 by logiopath on April 28, 2010 - 5:46 pm

    That’s it? Where’s that old Beyer argumentive spirit?

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