In his late years, Rev. Billy Graham has been fairly apolitical. His son, not so much. Rev. Franklin Graham—after criticizing Islam as an "evil" religion—was uninvited from speaking at a National Day of Prayer service for armed services personnel at the Pentagon. How did he respond? By blaming the president. He told the conservative news outlet Newsmax the following:
It seems as though Muslims are getting a pass. You look at the violence that they've portrayed towards women. It is just horrific if you just take women alone. I just don't understand why the president would be giving Islam a pass. We certainly love Muslim people but that 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. It's not Islam.
This gave Politics Daily columnist David Corn pause:
Imagine if a leading American imam decried Christianity as an 'evil' religion and then was invited to participate at a National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon. How would conservative pundits, shouting heads, bloggers and politicians react? There would be denunciations, calls for rescinding the invitation, demands for explanations from the Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and questions hurled at the Obama.
Graham's interview with Newsmax below:
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.