Thursday, May 06, 2010

Graham prays anyway

From MSNBC -

WASHINGTON - Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.

Graham's invitation to attend an event inside the Defense Department for national prayer day was withdrawn two weeks ago.

But he arrived in the Pentagon parking lot just before 8 a.m. EDT — his party of a half dozen people forming a circle on the sidewalk and praying with heads bowed for about five minutes.

Nine years ago, Graham called Islam "wicked" and "evil."

He told an impromptu press conference Thursday outside the Pentagon that he prayed for the men and women of the armed forces and that he doesn't feel his statements about other religions have been offensive.

'I am who I am'
In an interview with Newsweek, Graham said he still believed what he had said about Islam, but added: "I don't go out and speak about it."

"I am who I am. I don't believe that you can get to heaven through being a Buddhist or Hindu," Graham was quoted as saying by the magazine. "I think Muhammad only leads to the grave. Now, that's what I believe, and I don't apologize for my faith. And if it's divisive, I'm sorry."

"I think yelling 'Allahu Akbar' as you're flying jet airplanes through buildings and killing 3,000 Americans — that was evil and it was wicked," he added. "And I've not heard one Islamic leader around the world stand up and say that was a terrible thing … If Catholics had flown into these buildings in the name of Catholicism, the pope would have been on TV that night denouncing them, saying this was wrong and what they did was sin."

"It would be nice if we could just all sit around and hold hands and sing 'Kumbaya.' It would be great, but that's not the world we live in," he told Newsweek.

Graham also said he had been "disinvited" from the prayer service "because of my faith and what I believe."




Tracy said...

Good for Frankilin Graham!!!

The Molters said...

Very Cool!

Steve Martin said...

Graham is right...Islam is evil.

It was born of the devil and is in love with murder and terror. The absolute opposite of the one true faith that is our Lord Jesus.

I pray that the Lord will grab a hold of more Muslims hearts that they might know the love of Christ, instead of the hatred of allah.

Chris Geiser said...

Well, it is a difficult situation, because it is a supposed Christian nation in Iraq and Afghanistan who are murdering innocent civilians who had nothing to do with 9/11. I think it would be a good supplement to our witness as Christians to join hands in bringing our troops home.

The USA as killed over a million Iraqis and I don't hear many churches crying out for justice in that area.