April 8th, 2003


another soon-to-be misapplication of religion in Iraq

Regarding his current crusade, [Evangelist Franklin] Graham told Beliefnet: "We realize we're in an Arab country and we just can't go out and preach." However, he added, "I believe as we work, God will always give us opportunities to tell others about his Son. We are there to reach out to love them and to save them, and as a Christian I do this in the name of Jesus Christ."

"Franklin Graham obviously thinks it is a war against Islam," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "This is a guy who gave the invocation at President Bush's inauguration and believes Islam is a wicked faith. And he's going to go into Iraq in the wake of an invading army and convert people to Christianity? Nothing good is coming of that." - Bill Berkowitz at WorkingForChange

I have no problem with charity coupled with a bit of preaching if it's done tactfully. The problem with Franklin Graham is that he shown himself in the past to be anything but tactful. Honestly, reverse the roles. America has just been repeatedly bombed by Muslim countries and then is invaded by small groups of clerics preaching to the American masses to switch faiths. How do you think most Christians would feel about that?
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