Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

Franklin Graham says he feels like his “religious rights are being denied.”

He may feel that way, but the events that have transpired regarding the Pentagon’s decision to drop him from the line up for the National Day Of Prayer are far from a denial of his religious rights.

The U.S. Constitution grants us religious freedom.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Regardless of the Pentagon’s decision, Franklin Graham is still free to exercise his religious freedom. No matter how we feel about his exclusion during the National Day Of Prayer, Congress has passed no law that prohibits him from exercising his religious freedom. The Constitution guarantees his right to exercise his religion. It also guarantees free speech, but it does not guarantee his right to speak at any particular event.

With that said, I agree with everything else he said.

“It is a comment I made after 9/11 that Islam was wicked and evil,” said Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham.

The only reason his invitation was dropped, Graham said, was that “a couple members of the Pentagon who are Muslim objected about me coming.”

“I feel my religious rights are being denied here because of what I believe,” the evangelist said. “I believe Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life…I believe that because of my beliefs, that’s why I’m not being given the opportunity to speak.”

“I love Muslim people…I love them and care for them,” he insisted, adding that he does not “believe what they believe.”

“I don’t believe that Muhammad can lead anybody to God,” he said. “If you just look at the religion as it treats women, it is horrid. We can’t even talk publicly about what they do to women. You know, I just – for that alone – I cannot accept the religion.”

It’s a shame that the Pentagon chose to make the decision they did. Then again, none of the decisions made in Washington, since January of 2009, have surprised me.

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A Disgusting Double Standard

You remember Nidal Hasan don’t you?

He’s the scumbag terrorist who posed as a military psychiatrist who ended up killing 13 people at Fort Hood last year.

During his time “serving” in the U.S. Army, he stated made many statements that could be construed as terroristic, and he even stated that he wanted to murder Christians.

How did the U.S. Army handle the situation? They gave him a promotion. Yes, they promoted him even though they had reports on file that he had made those statements in the past.

You know who Franklin Graham is don’t you?

He’s the son of the one and only Billy Graham, the well-known and legendary evangelist.

It seems Franklin Graham made a statement back in 2001 saying Islam was evil. Then, he dared to voice his opinion again recently by stating that he finds Islam offensive and wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins.

How did the Pentagon handle the situation? They gave him the boot. Yes, they disinvited him from the Army Prayer Day event.

Evangelist Franklin Graham’s invitation to speak at a Pentagon prayer service has been rescinded because his comments about Islam were inappropriate, the Army said Thursday.

Graham, the son famed evangelist Billy Graham, in 2001 described Islam as evil. More recently, he has said he finds Islam offensive and wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins.

Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said Graham’s remarks were “not appropriate.”

“We’re an all-inclusive military,” Collins said. “We honor all faiths. … Our message to our service and civilian work force is about the need for diversity and appreciation of all faiths.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had raised the objection to Graham’s appearance, citing his past remarks about Islam.

How’s that for you? Your own U.S. Army supported and promoted someone who actually wanted to kill, and did kill, Christians, yet that same U.S. Army thinks Mr. Graham’s opinions (which contained no violent threats or rants) was offensive.

Disgusting.

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