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Published: 04/26/10

Congress Urged to Drop Evangelist From Event

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
Congress Urged to Drop Evangelist From Event

WASHINGTON (April 26) -- A Muslim civil liberties group urged Congress to disinvite evangelist Franklin Graham from a prayer event, just days after the Pentagon booted the minister from another gathering because of his anti-Islam remarks. Graham is scheduled to attend the congressional National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill on May 6. He was to have led services at the Pentagon the same day but was told last week that he was no longer welcome after Army leaders decided his comments that Islam is a "very evil and wicked religion" were a problem. Graham refused to back down, saying on Fox...

Published: 04/23/10

National Day of Prayer: Franklin Graham Deserved to Be Booted

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
National Day of Prayer: Franklin Graham Deserved to Be Booted

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 White House. Fox News execs could only be happier if this occurred during sweeps weeks. But if a prominent Christian evangelist described Islam as an "evil" religion and subsequently...

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Published: 04/21/10

Army Reconsidering Invite to Evangelical Minister

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
Army Reconsidering Invite to Evangelical Minister

WASHINGTON (April 21) -- The Pentagon may pull the pulpit on evangelist Franklin Graham amid complaints by Muslim military personnel angry over his attacks on Islam as an "evil" religion. Graham, the son of famed minister Billy Graham, is scheduled to speak May 6 at a National Day of Prayer event organized by a Colorado group chaired by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. But Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. were huddling at the Pentagon on Wednesday afternoon deciding whether to rescind the invitation. "The issue is not the...

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