Franklin Graham calls Islam violent, homosexuals to repent
In response to the worldwide news coverage showing the Islamic State throwing homosexuals off of buildings before stoning them on the ground, world renowned evangelist Franklin Graham seized the opportunity to call out Islam as a violent religion and to call the LGBT community to repent.
Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, made his take on modern-day Islam very clear, indicating that the terrorist activity of ISIS is not a diversion from Islam, but an accurate portrayal of what Islam calls its adherents to do — kill the infidels (those who don’t submit to Allah).
“A recent news report shows Islamists throwing gays off rooftops and then stoning them when they hit the ground,” the son of iconic international evangelist, Billy Graham, posted on his Facebook page. “Does this sound like a peaceful religion to you, as the president has said?”
Explaining Obama’s Islamic allegiance
Graham was referring to President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to call ISIS, the Taliban and other Islamic terrorist groups Muslim.
“One of the problems we have, the president, his father was a Muslim and his stepfather was a Muslim – [he] lived in Indonesia and went to Muslim schools … His mother must have been a Muslim,” Graham contended, according to the Christian Post. “We don’t know that, but she married two Muslim men, so there must have been something there.”
Graham argues that Obama will not concede that Islam has violent underpinnings because of the Islamic influences the president had as a youth.
“The framework that our president has [had] growing up, his influences on his life were that of Islam,” Graham continued. “But our president did not have that. It was Islam. Many feel that he’s protecting Islam. I don’t know that, but it certainly seems that way.”
Islam: violent to the core
Graham points to evidence within the Koran itself to show Islam’s violent nature and roots.
“Muhammed was a man of war and he killed many people,” Graham informed Fox News. “Jesus Christ came as a man of peace and as a follower of Christ. I follow Him and I want to emulate Him. But the followers of Islam are emulating the prophet Muhammed, and that’s what you’re seeing carried out.”
Graham makes it loud and clear that the brand of Islam Obama touts to America — as being a religion of peace — simply isn’t consistent with the religion’s teachings and history.Graham also suggests that Islamic militancy is not extremism … it’s fundamental Islam.
“We have to be very careful and understand that Islam, the teachings of Islam, are militant,” Graham pointed out, according to Christian Today. “There used to be large Christian and Jewish communities in Saudi Arabia. But over the centuries, they have been exterminated by the Muslims.”
Graham insists that ISIS and like terrorist groups just didn’t come out and invent themselves overnight in the name of Islam. He maintains that they are merely repeating the religion’s past reign of terror that has gone on for more than a millennia.
“This isn’t something that has just happened with ISIS,” Graham continued. “This has been going on for centuries and has been going on in Egypt. When those Egyptian men [Coptic Christians] had their heads cut off, that’s not the first time. That’s been going on in Egypt for a long time.”
Call out to the LGBT community
Graham was also candid in dealing with the homosexual community.
As a strong pro-family advocate and pro-marriage advocate, Graham insists that his view of homosexuality as being a sin is not his opinion — it’s God’s Word. Graham stresses that he speaks to the LGBT community not out of a heart of condemnation, anger or hatred, but out of a heart of love.
“I love gay and lesbian people,” Graham expressed on his Facebook post. “[A]nd I want them to know that God loves them too …”
Graham says that homosexuality is just like any other sin, which leads to death and that those who practice homosexual behavior must repent.
“He is willing and eager to forgive sin — all sin — however, we must repent and turn from our sin and believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Graham concluded.