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Title: Army Withdraws Franklin Graham Pentagon Prayer Day Invitation After He Describes Islam As “Evil” And “Wicked.”
Source: Stars & Stripes
URL Source: http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=69540
Published: Apr 22, 2010
Author: Jeff Schogol
Post Date: 2010-04-22 17:32:34 by Brian S
Keywords: None
Views: 1690
Comments: 15

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army has disinvited Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon on National Prayer Day after a military advocacy group objected because Graham has reportedly described Islam as “evil” and “wicked.”

“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 statement on Thursday.

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.”

Graham was expected to speak at the Pentagon on May 6, drawing the ire of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group focused on religious favoritism in the military.

The group had been prepared to seek a temporary restraining order against National Prayer Day if it were “polluted by someone as hideously Islamophobic as Franklin Graham,” said Mikey Weinstein, head of the group.

In a 2001 op-ed piece, Graham wrote that he does not believe Muslims are evil, but he objects to the treatment of women in Muslim countries and Islam’s historic “persecution or elimination” of other religions.

On Thursday, Graham told Fox News that while he loves Muslims, “I speak out for people that live under Islam, that are enslaved by Islam and I want them to know they can be free through faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone.”Council on American Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said it is “completely inappropriate” for Graham to speak in front of a military audience.

“These are individuals who are potentially going to be stationed in Muslim majority nations, and they don’t need to hear from someone spreading hatred of Islam and Muslims,” Hooper said.

“What does that say to those who are going to be asked to serve in these regions and how is that going to affect their interaction with the local population?” Graham is honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a group that organizes Christian events that was invited to participate in National Day of Prayer by the Pentagon chaplain’s office.

An Army spokesman told the Associated Press the Pentagon’s relationship with the Christian group does not violate Defense Department rules.

We are an all-inclusive military,” said Col. Tim Collins. “We hold observances throughout the year. This one happens to be a Christian-themed event.”

But his comments were criticized by the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy for non-religious Americans.

“For the Pentagon to hold an explicitly ‘Christian-themed event’ around the day of prayer is brazenly out of all reasonable bounds, and explicitly exclusionary to U.S. servicemembers of all non-Christian faiths and of no faith,” group Executive Director Sean Faircloth said in a release.

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#1. To: Brian S (#0)

We are an all-inclusive military,” said Col. Tim Collins. “We hold observances throughout the year. This one happens to be a Christian-themed event.”

But his comments were criticized by the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy for non-religious Americans.

“For the Pentagon to hold an explicitly ‘Christian-themed event’ around the day of prayer is brazenly out of all reasonable bounds, and explicitly exclusionary to U.S. servicemembers of all non-Christian faiths and of no faith,” group Executive Director Sean Faircloth said in a release.

Bottom line: The Pentagon tried to appease the unappeasable, and predictably failed as Sean Faircloth demonstrates conclusively. And then 'doubled down' by pissing off Christians, in particular evangelical Christians.

Not defending anyone here. Just noting the Pentagon took a 'win/lose' and turned it into a 'lose/lose'.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-22   17:35:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Badeye (#1)

Bottom line: The Pentagon tried to appease the unappeasable, and predictably failed as Sean Faircloth demonstrates conclusively. And then 'doubled down' by pissing off Christians, in particular evangelical Christians.

Not defending anyone here. Just noting the Pentagon took a 'win/lose' and turned it into a 'lose/lose'.

LOL...I agree.

Pentagon Think Tank Mentality, wonder what it takes to be a member? &;-)

Murron  posted on  2010-04-23   3:16:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Murron (#2)

To join the Puzzle Palace, you have to look great in uniform, and be a remarkable ass kisser.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-23   8:41:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Badeye (#3)

To join the Puzzle Palace, you have to look great in uniform, and be a remarkable ass kisser.

Well, on the one hand, I think I look great in a uniform (but not just any uniform), on the other..I'd fail miserably. &;-)

Murron  posted on  2010-04-23   8:53:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Murron (#4)

Same here on both counts.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-23   9:34:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Badeye (#1)

Bottom line: The Pentagon tried to appease the unappeasable, and predictably failed as Sean Faircloth demonstrates conclusively. And then 'doubled down' by pissing off Christians, in particular evangelical Christians.

Not defending anyone here. Just noting the Pentagon took a 'win/lose' and turned it into a 'lose/lose'.

Christian groups are free to organize their own National Day of Prayer. I'm sure that Jesus would have found it just ducky to have his followers holding hands in a prayer vigil with those from the base of the biggest war mongering machine on earth.

It's the war, stupid.

mininggold  posted on  2010-04-23   12:05:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: mininggold (#6)

Let me know when you have a point on this topic. And given this statement, why do you remain here, paying for it via your taxes?

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-25   9:42:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Badeye (#7)

Let me know when you have a point on this topic. And given this statement, why do you remain here, paying for it via your taxes?

Ah... I see you are being the posting nanny again. Really... it's a good manly role for you to portray. LOLOL

But unlike you I'm not a dual citizen with allegiances to countries other than the US so I'm staying here.

It's the war, stupid.

mininggold  posted on  2010-04-25   11:27:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: mininggold (#8)

No 'nanny' just noting your taxes finance all this 'warmongering' you complain about, and that makes you a hypocrite.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-26   9:57:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Badeye (#9)

No 'nanny' just noting your taxes finance all this 'warmongering' you complain about, and that makes you a hypocrite.

Of course they do Senor Thread Nanny. Just why is that such a revelation to you? Or are you like most politicians who seem able to somehow skate paying their taxes?

It's the war, stupid.

mininggold  posted on  2010-04-26   11:53:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: mininggold (#10)

No 'revelation' beyond you admit to being a hypocrite.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-26   12:47:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Badeye (#11)

No 'revelation' beyond you admit to being a hypocrite.

But as usual you can't disprove one point can you? You neocon name callers are becoming the new Whigs.

It's the war, stupid.

mininggold  posted on  2010-04-26   12:50:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: mininggold (#12)

Actually YOU prove my point.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-26   12:51:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Badeye (#13)

Actually YOU prove my point.

Right on.... keep on spinning.... its so becoming to the NEW begging class.

It's the war, stupid.

mininggold  posted on  2010-04-26   12:54:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: mininggold (#14)

No spinning, anyone can read the above posts.

I can see NOVEMBER from my House....

Badeye  posted on  2010-04-26   12:56:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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