The November edition of Decision magazine, published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), asks, "is Islam really a religion of peace?"
In his article, Franklin Graham, who runs both the BGEA and Samaritan's Purse, gives the answer: no.
President Obama's comment that "Islam teaches peace" was "baffling," writes Graham.
But he was just getting started. He recounts the prayer vigil held the next day, across from the White House, for the Iranian American pastor who has been held in an Iranian prison for two years. At the event, Franklin Graham spoke to the president via the media and loudspeakers in Lafayette Park:
“Mr. President—followers of a peaceful religion do not cut off the heads of innocent people in the barbaric fashion (as) the world has watched recently.
“Mr. President—believers in a peaceful religion do not kidnap 300 young schoolgirls as Boko Haram did in northeastern Nigeria in April and reportedly [sell] them to men to be sex slaves.
“Mr. President—men who practice a peaceful religion do not detonate bombs on an American street during a marathon race to kill and maim innocent people.
“Mr. President—no one who belongs to a peaceful religion would even consider hijacking jet airliners and flying them into buildings occupied by thousands of innocent people beginning their workday, as happened in this country and in this city on 9/11.
“Mr. President—no peaceful religion would tolerate, let alone practice, female circumcision, require a woman to have her husband’s permission to leave her home and take up employment, and restrict her ability to receive justice in the case of sex crimes.
“Mr. President—a peaceful religion would not condone and allow a father to drown a daughter in a swimming pool in front of the family in the name of family honor because she might have stayed out late in the evening with her boyfriend.
“Mr. President—why haven’t the 3.5 million Muslims in North America rejected this gross, barbaric and despicable behavior by their fellow Muslims on American soil?”