Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
On June 11, 2004 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "The Rev. Richard Cizik will be representing the National Association of Evangelicals at an event at the Moroccan Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he'll no doubt be asked about comments such as one by the Rev. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son and heir apparent, calling Islam 'a very evil and wicked religion.' Cizik, the vice president for governmental affairs for the evangelical group, says conservative Protestants should stifle the rhetoric and stop demonizing Muslims... Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, some of President Bush's key supporters on the religious right -- including the Revs. Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell -- have made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith, complicating the administration's efforts to convince the Arab world that it wants to spread democracy in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, not suppress Islam."