Franklin GrahamThurs May 06, 2010 By Michelle A Vu, Christian Post Reporter

Ahead of the National Day of Prayer, Franklin Graham expressed dismay at how Islam is receiving preferential treatment by the Obama administration. 

 “It’s just horrific,” Graham said to Newsmax.TV this week. “If you just take women alone … I just don’t understand why the president would be giving Islam a pass.”

Graham wants the president to speak up for women and minorities living in Muslim countries instead of one-sidedly praising Islam.

As a result of Graham speaking up for oppressed women and minorities himself, the army disinvited him from its Pentagon National Day of Prayer event. An army spokesman said Graham’s remarks about Islam were inappropriate and contradicted the military’s inclusive message.

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Graham called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion.” Then in an interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown in December 2009, he said:

The evangelist, who was recently disinvited from a Pentagon prayer event over past comments he made about Islam, pointed to the violence against Muslim women.

“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.”In an interview with The Christian Post last week, a former devout Muslim-turned-women’s activist confirmed Graham’s criticisms of Islam. Sabatina James, who is the granddaughter of a mullah and used to read the Quran in Arabic every day, pointed to verse 34 in the fourth Surah (chapter) in the Quran that said if your wife is not obedient then you are allowed to beat her.

Her bestselling book, My Faith for Faith and Freedom, details the gross mistreatment of women in her homeland of Pakistan. As a convert to Christianity, she has endured nine years of continuous death threats. James currently lives under police protection in Germany and has moved 16 times since 2001.

“Is there a different Quran? No they are teaching the same Quran where it is written ‘beat your wife if she is not obedient.’ They are teaching the same Quran where it is written ‘the Christians and Jewish people are evil.’ It is written in the Surah Al-Maidah. It is written there ‘don’t take Jewish and Christian people as your friend.’ That is what you are taught in the Quran schools,” James told The Christian Post.

James said she “can’t imagine” Graham not getting upset if he read or heard those passages.

“We are living in a democracy and everybody can say his opinion,” she stated.

She also defended Graham and said he, like others, are criticizing Islam, not saying they hate Muslims.

“Make the difference between sin and sinner,” she said.

In the interview with Newsmax this week, Graham again stated that he “certainly” loves Muslims.

However, he added, “that (Islam) is not the faith of this country. And that is not the religion that built this nation. The people of the Christian faith and the Jewish faith are the ones who built America, and it is not Islam.”

Graham said the rescinding of his invitation to speak at the Pentagon this week was like “a slap at all evangelical Christians.”

During a recent visit to Billy Graham’s home in North Carolina, President Obama told Franklin that he did not know about the Pentagon incident until two days before the visit. The younger Graham said in the interview with Newsmax that he believes the president, but he also believes that people in the White House knew about the situation and gave the green light to disinvite him.

“This whole secularization [in the government] has come in, creeping in, and it’s getting more and more and more,” the evangelical leader warned.

Graham is still scheduled to speak at the National Day of Prayer event at the Capitol on Thursday.

 


2 Responses to “Franklin Graham: Islam Is Not Faith of America”

  1. 1 Terry

    [here’s what I just read on the net – – – Terry]

    Franklin Graham’s Warning !

    Franklin’s warning of coming persecution of Christians echoes what his mother Ruth and father Billy have clearly stated. Re Ruth, see search engines including Google for “Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham.” To see what Billy has written, Google “Famous Rapture Watchers – Addendum.”
    Since Franklin blamed the Obama administration for his own National Day of Prayer snub and persecution, and since he accused “Christian” Obama of “giving Islam a pass,” readers can get some rare insights into Obama and his fellow travelers by Yahooing and Googling “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Obama Avoids Bible Verses,” “Separation of Raunch and State,” and “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.”
    To see some exceptional in-depth studies of coming persecution, see two unique books by media figure Joe Ortiz entitled “The End Times Passover” and “Why Christians Will Suffer ‘Great Tribulation’ ” – both published in the US and UK by AuthorHouse.
    Even though historian Dave MacPherson’s bestseller “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books) is the most accurate history of the 180-year-old pretrib rapture view (which generously funds evangelical agendas!) and has earned the most coveted kudos, his discovery of many scandals in high pretrib rapture circles since 1830 has earned him the No. 1 spot on that endtime view’s “hate” list (Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty”)!
    So while many evangelicals are still clinging to what they think is a 2000-year-old endtime belief, many others like Franklin Graham are warning of coming persecution while learning that the belief in question was dreamed up by 19th century “fringe” Britishers and is actually less than 200 years old!
    Want dessert? Google “Pretrib Rapture Politics.” Also type in “Bernhard, David, Griffin, Maher, Silverman” on Google etc. for the most complete version of “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham.”
    Now you have really been warned!

  2. 2 EJ

    Dear Brethren,

    We would like to encourage Terry (above) for this information and the websites he has included. It is always wise to investigate the background/most accurate history as well as searching the scriptures, in this instance concerning the Secret or Pre-tribulation Rapture teaching which is widespread within the church today. This is Godly wisdom to examine what Jesus, the Apostles and the early church fathers taught, on any scriptural subject for that matter, rather than just accepting what others tell us as being ‘gospel’.

    We, also, do not believe the Pre-tribulation Rapture teaching is supported by scripture, or by what Jesus, the Apostles and the church fathers taught in the first few centuries. For further excellent reading, in relation to how, where, who and when the Secret Rapture teaching eventuated just 180 years ago, could we recommend David Pawson’s book “WHEN JESUS RETURNS” available from David Pawson Ministries in Qld. – http://www.davidpawson.com.au. David, from the UK as many will know, is very probably one of the best Bible expositors to come out of the 20th and 21st Centuries. In the book ‘WHEN JESUS RETURNS” he outlines the background to the Secret Rapture ‘novel doctrine’ as well as explaining the scriptural evidence of Jesus’ return to planet earth by answering the questions who, how, where, when and why. The different Millennial positions e.g. A-Millennial, Post-Millennial, Classic Pre-Millennial, Dispensational Pre-Millennial etc. are also outlined in a way that is understandable. David also has a DVD teaching series containing six half-hour segments entitled “THE FINAL FACTS” which we would recommend to fellow believers, however this series does not contain as much information as the book “WHEN JESUS RETURNS”, but it includes teaching on the subjects of Hell and the New Heaven and New Earth from the Gospels/Book of Revelation etc.

    I guess, what David Pawson and Ruth Graham have both said, to us sounds like wise counsel, that is: “I would rather prepare myself to go through the tribulation and be happily surprised by an unexpected rapture, than expect to be raptured only to find myself going through tribulation.”

    Thank you all for reading this and we would encourage you to undertake your own investigation on the subject.

    EJ

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