Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

Source: Star Tribune

On November 24, 2001, The Star Tribune reported, “The Rev. Franklin Graham said in Minneapolis this week that he is concerned with the way Islamic law is enforced in several countries, and not with the people or the faith itself.” However the article continued by quoting Graham as saying, “‘I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion,'” with reference to Islam. “Aly R. Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council, said that Graham’s remarks have caused pain and confusion ‘and are in stark contrast to the unity and understanding we have all worked so hard to achieve.'”


Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On November 24, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the editorial “Casualty of War; Franklin Graham’s comments strain religious tolerance.” It reads, in part: “Religious leaders of all stripes are entitled to their theology. What they should bear in mind is that if they insist on saying things that antagonize millions of their neighbors, they won’t be known as paradigms of tolerance and peace — or enlisted as unofficial presidential chaplains.”


Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

Source: The New York Times

On November 20, 2001, The New York Times reported, “Muslim Group Seeks to Meet Billy Graham’s Son.” The article explained that the Council on American-Islamic Relations “sent
a letter to the Rev. Franklin Graham, to discuss remarks that Mr. Graham, an evangelist, made describing Islam as evil….[The remarks were] made in an October interview broadcast on Friday on NBC’s ‘Nightly News.'” The article continued, “According to a transcript of the interview, Mr. Graham said Islam had attacked the United States on Sept. 11. He said that Muslims worshiped a different God than Christians and
that he believed Islam to be “a very evil and wicked religion.”