24 April 2010 at 10:27:17 AM
Proving again that the National Day of Prayer is not for all, but for only for Christians. From Politics Daily
In 2001, after 9/11, Graham said that Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion." Five years later, he told ABC News this was still his view. He added, "Do they want to indoctrinate me? Yes. I know about Islam. I don't need an education from Islam. If people think Islam is such a wonderful religion, just go to Saudi Arabia and make it your home." And in a CNN interview last year, Graham reiterated this sentiment, calling Islam a "very violent religion."
Thus, Graham probably ought not to be at the top of the invitation list for an ecumenical prayer session. But he was indeed asked to speak at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer event on May 6. The invitation was not issued by the Pentagon brass; it came from the Colorado-based National Day of Prayer Task Force, which has been helping the Pentagon mount this event and which is run by Shirley Dobson, the wife of controversial conservative Christian leader James Dobson. Why the Pentagon is partnering with this fundamentalist outfit, which has been criticized for trying to turn the National Day of Prayer (established six decades ago by an act of Congress) into a Christian right celebration, is another story. (In 1999, Dobson's NDP Task Force said that every one of its volunteers "must be a Christian" with a "personal relationship with Christ.")
Here's from CBS-11 TV
The younger Graham angered Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when he told NBC News: "We're not attacking Islam but Islam has attacked us. The God of Islam is not the same God. He's not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It's a different God, and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion."
In a subsequent Wall Street Journal piece, Graham wrote that he doesn't think Muslim believers "are evil people because of their faith. But I decry the evil that has been done in the name of Islam, or any other faith — including Christianity."
Who actually asked Graham to participate? Not the Pentagon.
I have no idea why Barack Obama is pandering to those who seek to divide our nation by unconstitutionally observing a National Day of Prayer, but I assume he will lose.
P.S. Here's from Jobsanger who makes some great points about both muslims in the military (remember Colin Powell did as well a couple of years ago) and about women.
That kind of all-encompassing statement can to very hurtful to soldiers who are muslim, and there are currently over 3400 muslim soldiers serving in the United States Military. How can their leaders at the Pentagon turn their backs on these brave soldiers by inviting someone like Graham to speak? No religious figure would be invited to speak at the Pentagon that had made such bigoted statements about the christian or jewish religions, and it is just as wrong to invite someone who is bigoted against muslims.
"....But when you look at Islam, I love the people of Islam but the religion I do not agree with the religion at all and if you look at what the religion does to women and the women alone it is horrid. And so yes I speak out for women, I speak out for people who live under Islam, who are enslaved under Islam, and I want them to know they can be free by Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone."
Those are amazingly hypocritical words for a fundamentalist preacher! Has he been wearing blinders when preaching in the fundamentalist christian churches? Can he not see that these churches are just as guilty of discriminating against women as the muslims? These fundamentalist churches do not allow women to be ministers, or in fact, have any position of authority within the church. In addition, they teach that women must be subservient to their husbands -- no equal partnerships in evangelical christian marriages.
He is right that the muslims treat their women as second-class citizens. But how can he not see that his own fundamentalist religion does exactly the same thing. The muslims are wrong whenever they do it, and so are the christians when they do it. You simply cannot condemn another religion for doing the same thing your own religion does.
Right. Because Pauline Christianity also teaches submission to men. If you really want to speak out for women, cut the submission crap. And the phoney baloney basis for keeping women in a lesser status while SAYING you're not. From the SBC
Southern Baptists are not anti-woman; indeed, they affirm the leadership of women in family, business, politics, and a wide array of human endeavors. Furthermore, women are an integral and invaluable part of the Body of Christ, serving in a broad variety of important roles both as volunteers and vocational ministers. We don't know how to say this more strongly: women and men are of equal value! However, because Scripture speaks specifically to the role of pastor, churches are under a moral imperative to be guided by that teaching, rather than the shifting opinions of human cultures.
Because your religion trumps common sense about how women should be treated.
The reason women's rights in Islam need special concern is because women in Muslim countries are made to suffer disproportionately by the system. What adds insult to injury is the way they try to justify their oppression of women by calling it "Islam." How could it be, when true Islam requires us to honor women? We have to make women's rights a top priority if the society as a whole is ever going to be healed. As Malcolm X said, the fate of a nation depends on how it treats it women. I am careful to emphasize that truly Islamic feminism wouldn't make the error of the modern world by treating human beings as quantities; we are spiritual beings above all. In Islam men and women equally submit to God and both are equally ennobled by the faith.
Just go subsitute Christianity for Islam and what do you have? Two religions that enslave women to subjugation.
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