View Full Version : Pentagon disinvites Graham to pray event for Islamic slander

04-23-2010, 12:33 PM
:blink: ....but Christian Evangelists arent going to praise Allah are they :rolleyes:

WASHINGTON (April 22) -- The Pentagon disinvited evangelist Franklin Graham from a prayer service next month after facing pressure from a group representing angry Muslim military personnel who complained about his attacks on Islam as an "evil" religion.

Graham, the son of famed minister Billy Graham, was scheduled to speak May 6 at a National Day of Prayer event organized by a Colorado group chaired by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. But in a statement released Thursday, Graham said the Army had changed its mind.

"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. "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."

Franklin Graham had been invited to speak at a National Prayer Day event on May 6, but Muslims protested because he called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion."Army Col. Tom Collins told AOL News that the Pentagon chaplain's office rescinded the invitation early Thursday. He said Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff George Casey decided "it would be inappropriate for him to participate in this inclusive event" in light of Graham's comments about Islam. He added, "This event is open to multiple faiths." (isnt that unconstitutional if freedom of religion is only to be interpreted as freedom to express different denominations of Christianity :huh: )

Collins said Dobson's group, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, has withdrawn its sponsorship of the event over the flap. Graham is the group's honorary chairman.

The chaplain's office will run the event. No new speaker has been lined up, Collins said.

"Everyone's heart was in the right place trying to set up this event," said Collins, who said organizers in the Pentagon were looking forward to hosting the "world-class Christian leader" until his comments made his appearance "problematic."

"This is as bright a day for the U.S. Constitution and freedoms in this country as it is a dark day for the Islamic extremists we're fighting because their propaganda tool has been taken away," Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told AOL News in reaction to the Pentagon's decision.

Weinstein added that he hoped the Pentagon would not attempt "a bait and switch" in which another "Islamaphobe" would simply be substituted for Graham. He said lawyers for his group would seek a restraining order in federal court to cancel the event if that happens but otherwise would not object, even though he agrees with a decision last week by a federal judge in Wisconsin who ruled the U.S. law authorizing a National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. (I believe it is IF its limited to one denomination OR open to non-christian faiths :) How can they not understand the paradigmn the document was written under :unsure-1:)

The Obama administration Thursday said the Justice Department would appeal the Wisconsin decision. President Harry Truman declared a National Day of Prayer 59 years ago, and it has been a staple in Washington ever since.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates last month, Weinstein said his group had been contacted by Muslims at the Pentagon who were offended by Graham's planned appearance. He cited statements after the 9/11 attacks in which the minister called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion."

Graham later wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal saying he did not believe Muslims were evil because of their faith, but "as a minister ... I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching."

But in 2009 Graham said on CNN, "True Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can't beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they've committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries. ... I don't agree with the teachings of Islam, and I find it to be a very violent religion."

And on Thursday, Graham stuck to his remarks on Fox News that Muslims are "enslaved" by their religion.

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations applauded the Pentagon decision.

"Obviously, Pentagon officials made the right move in disinviting a person who spreads hatred against a particular faith, a faith that is practiced by tens of millions of people that military personnel are interacting with on a daily basis," he said.

04-23-2010, 02:39 PM
Bravo Mr. Graham.

04-23-2010, 02:42 PM
The man speaks the truth, Islam is an evil religion.

04-23-2010, 06:03 PM
I havent ever heard of anyone being "disinvited" or "uninvited" before in the news. But it seems that the Obama Administration have a knack of doing it. They really just should quit inviting the people that dissagree with them in the first place...at least then they wouldnt be so obviously offensive when they change their minds.

IF they truely believed this was an Day of Prayer for all Faiths...why did they invite a Christian Evangelist in the first place :huh: Do they not understand what one of those is :laugh:

04-23-2010, 06:39 PM
Elijah was not very "popular" with Ahab and Jezebel either...because he stood his ground and did not embrace Baal.

Way to go Rev. Graham. :wink:

04-23-2010, 07:20 PM
More kowtowing to pressure from the so-called "Religion of Peace".

Shame on the Pentagon's chaplain's office for disinviting Rev. Graham. I applaud Dobson for withdrawing his sponsorship.

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations applauded the Pentagon decision.

CAIR naturally has a hand in this PC garbage. I saw Hooper interviewed by a female correspondent on FNC many years ago and he looked at her with the most hate I've ever seen in anyone's eyes, I'll never forget it. But that's their MO - intimidation, veiled threats and pressuring our gutless officials. CAIR is well-funded, very clever and legally astute.

04-23-2010, 07:29 PM
I did a little googling and this guy Weinstein is a real piece of work. Here is another take on the "disinviting".

MEDIA ADVISORY, April 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- The anti-Christian complainer once described by a Pentagon spokesman as "a rabid anti-evangelical," Mikey Weinstein has duped Pentagon officials into disinviting Franklin Graham, leader of The Samaritan's Purse and son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, from praying with our troops on the National Day of Prayer (NDOP), because Graham is Christian and opposes Islamic terrorism.

"We are at war with a sub-set of evangelical Christianity...how many? Roughly 12.6% of the American public or 38 million people," admitted Mikey Weinstein, who has repeatedly sued the military (and lost in court) to demand punishment of any troops who talk openly about their faith in Jesus Christ.

But in a breaking news expose, The Pray In Jesus Name Project has published 27 violent, profanity-laced, and bigoted anti-Christian comments made by Mr. Weinstein himself, who was reportedly paid with our tax-dollars to defame Christianity to our troops, and should be disinvited far more quickly than Franklin Graham.