Source: The Washington Times
On August 8, 2002 The Washington Times featured an article on the continuing anti-Muslim public statements of Rev. Franklin Graham. "The 50-year-old evangelist - the fourth child of the Rev. Billy Graham... is making his dislike of certain Islamic practices known far and wide. The other night on Fox News' 'Hannity and Colmes,' he said the Koran preaches violence... After the September 11 attacks by Islamic terrorists, Mr. Graham criticized Islam as a religion that promotes violence in his public statements... Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which closely monitors public comments about Islam, says Mr. Graham's comments are 'not mainstream' and wishes President Bush, a Methodist, would publicly repudiate Mr. Graham... He said he had tried to talk to Mr. Graham, who says he does not intend to ever talk to the Muslim group."