Monday, April 26, 2010

Army "disinvites" Franklin Graham to Prayer Day

I found the following news bit interesting. I have never been a fan of Billy Graham, and don't know much about his son Franklin. Recently the army removed an invitation to Franklin Graham to pray and speak at the Pentagon on the National Day of Prayer on May 6. Their reason -- some time after 9/11 called Islam "an evil and wicked" religion.

Here's how a military spokesman, Colonel Tom Collins, reportedly explained it: "We're an all-inclusive military. We honor all faiths. ...Our message to our service and civilian work force is about the need for diversity and appreciation of all faiths." Here's the hypocrisy of the "inclusive" crowd -- they include those who agree and speak the "party line" and they exclude those who plainly speak what they believe to be the truth. Inclusive? Not in a million years.


Anonymous said...

That is indeed eye-opening and almost a shock, since anyone or anything connected to Billy Graham has always been received by the masses regardless of their standing. It is true that he and his organization long ago abandoned their core beliefs of fundamentalism and embraced just about everyone in mainstream religion.

But this refusal by the Army just goes to show you how far we as a nation have fell. I am afraid we are going down fast. It wasn't that long ago we had a President who had the backbone to call our nemesis "The Evil Empire." You are right about the term "diversity." Those who harp on it believe it includes only those elements they believe in.

I immediately thought about a discussion a few years ago by some regarding the speeches of Theodore Roosevelt when he was president on what it meant to be American and or the sacrifices required by anyone who wanted to become one. This would be considered national extremism by some today. And we wonder why the ship is encountering rough seas?

R. L. Vaughn said...

I agree this does show how far we have gone. Billy Graham and the Graham name has been extremely popular in most circles, but now even the son is shunned as too "extreme".