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PENTAGON BANS MORE CHRISTIANS FROM NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
John G. Winder, The Cypress Times
Not only has the Pentagon “disinvited” Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham from the National Day of Prayer, they have also now disinvited the “National Day of Prayer Task Force,” a Christian organization headed by Graham that includes Shirley Dobson, wife of James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.
Newsmax reports that Pentagon spokesman George B. Wright confirmed via e-mail that the National Day of Prayer task force will not participate in the National Day of Prayer event that the Pentagon will observe on May 6.
The e-mail read in part, “While we appreciate [Franklin Graham’s] worldwide outreach, and his willingness to speak at this Pentagon multi-faith event, his presence would be inappropriate.”
Newsmax writes, “Wright did not elaborate on why a speech by Graham, whose Samaritan’s Purse organization has come to the aid of millions of needy people and children around the globe, would be ‘inappropriate.’”
Graham has come under attack, primarily by Anti-Christian Mikey Weinstein the leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization that has sued the U.S. Army in the past demanding policy that prevents any soldier from openly expressing a belief in Jesus Christ.
Last week Franklin Graham spoke to Fox News about his stand on the Muslim faith, “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.”
Newsmax also reports that Wright’s email says that the event at the Pentagon, “will continue as scheduled under the administration of the office of the Pentagon Chaplain.”
“Asked which chaplains, representing which faith traditions, will be involved in the upcoming event, Wright replied: ‘The agenda has not been finalized.’” – Newsmax
Franklin Graham spoke to CBN about the controversy,
“It’s unfortunate that the military felt they needed to bow to the complaints of just a couple of people, when about 89 percent of the American people are Christians… they identify with the Christian faith. It doesn’t mean they are living with Christ, but 89 percent identify with the Christian faith.”
Graham also said, “I think no question … religious freedom is under attack. 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.”
To Franklin Graham’s point, the Pentagon has expressed no trepidation over those parts of the Koran which state the belief that Islam is the only way, and that Christianity is wrong. It is only when a Christian makes such statements that it becomes inappropriate.
From the Koran –
“Oh People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion, nor say of God anything but the truth. Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, was (no more than) a messenger of God, and His Word which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him. So believe in God and His messengers. Say not, ‘Trinity.’ Desist! It will be better for you, for God is One God, Glory be to Him! (Far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs” (4:171).
“The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the son of God. That is but a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. God’s curse be on them; how they are deluded away from the Truth! They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of God, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary. Yet they were commanded to worship but One God: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him! (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him)” (9:30-31).
This past weekend Barack Obama met with both Billy and Franklin Graham at the North Carolina home of Billy Graham. During that meeting Franklin Graham expressed his concerns to the President. The Commander-in-Chief assured Franklin Graham he would “look into it.”