Why is our military cowtowing to muslims, how have they become that influential? We've never done that for any religious group, why are these savages so special??? (not even for our own: Catholics, Protestants, etc.) How did the best branch of .mil get forced upon it's kneepads with this PC asylum escapee President?
Franklin Graham removed from Pentagon prayer service
Christian Examiner staff report
WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Army rescinded its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon on the National Day of Prayer.
Graham, son of Billy Graham and this year's honorary National Day of Prayer Task Force chairman, is being criticized for comments he has made in the past expressing his belief that Islam is a dangerous religion.
Col. Tom Collins, an Army spokesman cited Graham’s previous comments that he wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins. Collins said the remarks were “not appropriate,” according to the New York Times.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations pressed the Pentagon to rescind Graham's invitation. Michael Weinstein, founder of MRFF, wrote that the Pentagon choose a more inclusive speaker for the event in a letter to the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on April 19.
In a statement released April 22, Graham said that he regrets that the Army felt it was necessary to rescind their invitation. “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 said.
During an appearance on Fox News the same day, Graham, president of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, reiterated a concern for Muslim people worldwide.
"I love Muslim people, and I want Muslims everywhere to know what I know, that God loves us, that He sent His Son Jesus Christ into this world to take our sins and He died for our sins and rose from the grave and that Christ can come into their heart and change them and they can have the hope of eternal life, salvation," Graham said on Fox.
"I want them to know that they don't have to die in a car bomb. They don't have to die in some kind of holy war to be accepted by God, but its through faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone," he said.
Graham said that while he loves the people of Islam, he does not agree with the religion, describing true Islam's treatment of women as "horrid." The evangelist also said his son is serving his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. military, and he prays for the military every day.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said that the decision to remove Graham is further evidence that the leadership of our nation's military has been impaired by the politically correct culture being advanced by this Administration.
Perkins called Graham a man of courage and integrity whose deep convictions should not be a pretext for denying him the opportunity to share the gospel.
"For those Christian leaders who have avoided the controversy of political issues, saying they just wanted to preach the gospel,” said Perkins, “This should be a wake up call!"
Perkins was uninvited to speak at a prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force Base earlier this year due to his expressed opposition to President Obama's call to allow homosexuals to serve in the military.
The Army's decision comes one week after a federal judge ruled that a law setting a National Day of Prayer violates the First Amendment's prohibition on government establishment of religion. The Obama administration has announced that it will appeal the ruling, which Graham said is based on puzzling logic.
Graham said that no judge can stop Americans from praying for their country, and he expects millions to join him in praying for the president and other elected leaders as well as "this unjust judge," that God would give them wisdom.
Palin defends Franklin Graham's Islam comments
Sarah Palin dipped a toe into the explosive politics of religion today, blasting the Army'd decision to disinvite Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, from an official ceremony because he has called Islam "a very violent religion.
Palin defended not only Graham's character, but the substance of his remarks:
"His comments in 2001 were aimed at those who are so radical that they would kill innocent people and subjugate women in the name of religion," she wrote on her Facebook page. "Are we really so hyper-politically correct that we can’t abide a Christian minister who expresses his views on matters of faith? What a shame. Yes, thing have changed."
Graham has long had hard words for Islam, which he called "a very evil and wicked religion" in 2006.
Obama slams 'misguided' Ariz. immigration bill
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama criticized Arizona's tough immigration bill as irresponsible Friday and said his administration is examining whether it would violate civil rights.
Obama said the federal government must act responsibly to reform national immigration law — or "open the door to irresponsibility by others."
"That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," Obama said.
If signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, the legislation would require police to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally. Civil rights activists say such a law would lead to racial profiling and deter Hispanics from reporting crimes.
Obama instructed the Justice Department to examine the bill to see if it would violate civil rights.
Obama spoke at a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden for 24 active duty service members from more than a dozen countries. He commended the new U.S. citizens for serving a country they could not yet call their own, while following a legal path to citizenship.
Obama said he will continue to work with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to enact a comprehensive overhaul of immigration law. He said there are 11 current Republican senators who have voted for immigration reform in the past.
Brewer, a Republican, has until Saturday to act on the immigration bill sent to her desk. She can sign, veto or allow it to become law without her signature.
"If we continue to fail to act at a federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country," Obama said. "As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future."
Click to view image: '2996c5574b99-ben_smith.jpg'
|Liveleak on Facebook|