Friday, April 23, 2010
In 2001, Rev. Franklin Graham spoke out against the religion of Islam and its treatment of women. As a Christian, he wants Muslims to know that there is freedom through Jesus Christ. What else would he be expected to say? After all, he is a preacher of the Gospel. He never said the Muslim people were evil, never voiced any hatred toward them whatsoever. However, in this day that we're living in, it seems that Christians are expected to check their faith and First Amendment rights at the door.
So now Rev. Graham has been dis-invited from speaking at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service.
Fox News reports:
"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 written statement.
"I want to expresses my strong support for the United States military and all our troops," he added. "I will continue to pray that God will give them guidance, wisdom and protection as they serve this great country."
Earlier Thursday, Graham stuck by his remarks about Islam, including that Muslims are "enslaved" by their religion,
Franklin, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, told Fox News that he loves Muslim people and wants them to know that God loves them, even if they can be saved only through Jesus Christ.
"I want them to know that they don't have to die in a car bomb, don't have to die in some kind of holy war to be accepted by God. But it's through faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone," Graham said.
Graham said said he loves the Muslim people, just not their religion -- which he called "horrid" for its restrictions on women.
"I love the people of Islam but their religion, I do not agree with their religion at all. And if you look at what the religion does just to women, women alone, it is just horrid. And so yes, I speak out for women. I speak out for people that live under Islam, that are enslaved by Islam and I want them to know that they can be free," he said.
Read the full article here.
So a few people complain, and now a man who has displayed selfless love and generosity to countless people is not allowed to participate in a prayer service. How sad.
America can always count on Governor Palin to be a voice of common sense, an advocate of free speech, and of course, an example of unabashed faith. Today she addressed this issue via Facebook. She writes:
The Army’s Loss in Dis-Inviting a Good Man
My, have things changed. I was honored to have Rev. Franklin Graham speak at my Governor’s Prayer Breakfasts. His good work in Alaska’s Native villages and his charitable efforts all over the world stem from his servant’s heart. In my years of knowing him, I’ve never found his tempered and biblically-based comments to be offensive – in fact his words have been encouraging and full of real hope.
It’s truly a sad day when such a fine patriotic man, whose son is serving on his fourth deployment in Afghanistan to protect our freedom of speech and religion, is dis-invited from speaking at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service. His comments in 2001 were aimed at those who are so radical that they would kill innocent people and subjugate women in the name of religion.
Are we really so hyper-politically correct that we can’t abide a Christian minister who expresses his views on matters of faith? What a shame. Yes, things have changed.
- Sarah Palin
She's right. Things have changed in this regard, and this is not the type of change the vast majority of Americans desire. In fact, some of us find it downright appalling.