Evangelist son of Billy Graham disinvited to Pentagon prayer breakfast — what happened to the separation of church and state?

Filed in Gather News Channel by on April 23, 2010 0 Comments

I like the church. I like the state. I like them separated. So the news that the Army disinvited the evangelist son of the much-beloved Billy Graham from a National Day of Prayer breakfast on May 6 at the Pentagon, my first thought was, “Why do we allow the military to partner with such events?”

The controversy was sparked when people complained about past comments Franklin Graham had made about Islam. For example, he called the religion practiced by nearly a quarter of the world’s population (according to a Pew Foundation study) “evil.”

In response to concerns that Muslims are excluded from such an event, an Army spokesman said that the government agency is “all-inclusive” holding a variety of observances throughout the year. “This one happens to be a Christian-themed event,” he said.

Sarah Palin spoke out about the situation, posting on her Facebook, her concerns that we have become, “so hyper-politically correct that we can’t abide a Christian minister who expresses his views on matters of faith.”

Graham has a right to free speech. But this really is an issue about whether it’s appropriate to hold any religious event at the taxpayer-funded Pentagon.

That’s the same reasoning behind a federal judge’s decision earlier this month to declare the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional.  Such a decision is not anti-Christian, it’s a vote in support of religious liberty.  The Obama administration, however, said it would appeal the ruling.



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