The American Family Association today sent the following open letter in support of Rev. Franklin Graham
Dear Rev. Graham,
We stand with you in
both your expressions of love for Muslims and your criticisms of Islam. We at
the American Family Association likewise desire that every Muslim may come to
faith in Jesus Christ and know the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal
life that is found in him.
It is because of our
love for Muslims that we also stand with you in your conviction that Islam is
an "evil and wicked religion" which puts its followers in bondage and
puts others in danger.
Your description of
Islam is certainly supported by that our culture seems determined to ignore:
• Devout Muslims
have a sacred responsibility, according to the command of Allah through his
prophet Muhammad, to "slay the idolaters wherever you find them (Sura
9:5)." Over 100 verses in the Koran call for the death of infidel
Christians and Jews. We have seen the tragic fruit of this ideology both on
9/11 and at Fort Hood. Islam is not, in fact, a religion of peace but of
violence, death and war.
• Islam, through
the example of Muhammad, sanctions the marriage of girls who are but children.
Muhammad himself began having sex with his youngest wife Aisha when she was
just nine years old (Bukhari, Vol. 8). Just last week, a 12-year-old girl in
Saudi Arabia went to court to divorce her 80-year-old husband. In the West,
these are acts of pedophilia and utterly at odds with the Christian principle
that the sexual purity of young females is to be protected until they are
mature enough to voluntarily and freely enter into marriage.
• Christians are
granted only second class status under Islam, and are given only three choices
where Islam reigns: conversion, submission or death. Conversion from Islam to
Christianity remains a capital offense in many Muslim countries. In supposedly
free Egypt, Coptic Christians are even today routinely harassed, persecuted and
killed by Islamic fundamentalists. Freedom of religion, a profoundly American
value, is utterly absent in Islam. Further, this practice is directly at
variance with the fundamental concept in American jurisprudence that we are
all, everyone of us, equal under the law.
• Women under the
iron fist of Islam are indeed, as you said, given "horrid" treatment.
In many Islamic countries, women are not allowed to receive an education or
even show their faces in public. Husbands are taught in the Koran that they may
literally beat their wives into submission, completely contrary to the
Christian admonition that husbands are to "love their wives as Christ
loved the church." The blatant and deadly sexism in Islam is contrary to
the fundamental Christian precept that men and women are full equals before the
true God in spiritual worth, value and significance.
• The practice of
honor killings is widespread in the Islamic world. According to the U.N., over
5,000 women a year are brutally murdered under the flag of Islam, in many cases
because they have brought "dishonor" to their families by becoming
the tragic victims of rape. The "horrid" practice of honor killings
sadly has come to the U.S. A Muslim husband decapitated his wife in New York,
while a Muslim father in Texas shot his two teenage daughters to death in the
back of a taxi cab and another Muslim father in Arizona ran his daughter down
with the family SUV. The crime in the latter two cases was that their daughters
had become too "Westernized." This practice is utterly at odds with
the Christian teaching that fathers are to nurture and protect their children.
Additionally, we are
alarmed that your First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and the free
exercise of religion have been so severely compromised. The spirit of
Christianity has infused our military since the days our first
commander-in-chief, George Washington, appointed Christian chaplains, directed
his troops to "attend Divine service," and challenged them to add to
the "distinguished character of Patriot" what he called "the
more distinguished Character of Christian."
According to Article
I, Section 8 of the Constitution, one of the enumerated powers of Congress is
"To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval
We are going to insist
that all members of Congress declare themselves on whether they agree with the
shameful treatment you have received at the hands of the current administration.
We will be sending an alert to all 2.4 million members of the AFA network,
urging them to contact their senators and representatives and challenging them
to answer this one question: "Do you agree with the decision of President
Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to ban Rev. Franklin Graham from
praying at the Pentagon?"
May God affirm you and
honor you for declaring the truth both about the gospel of Christ and the
religion of Muhammad.
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