The Crescent Report

April 23, 2010

MAS Freedom Claims Victory for Muslim Community as Speaking Invitation for Rev. Franklin Graham is Rescinded by Pentagon.

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 12:14 pm

Kudos to our community, supporters, faith leaders, MAS Freedom and CAIR staff in taking on the religious bigotry of Reverend Franklin Graham. Through our coordinated efforts it’s been announced the Reverend Franklin Graham has been dis-invited from the National Prayer Day service at the Pentagon. Check out the piece below. – Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of Day: “Blessed are the peace makers.”

MAS Freedom Claims Victory for Muslim Community as Speaking Invitation for Rev. Franklin Graham is Rescinded by Pentagon

In an obvious response to a groundswell of objections from the national Muslim community and many other principled interfaith voices in America, the U.S. military withdrew the invitation to Rev. Franklin Graham to speak at an upcoming National Day of Prayer event scheduled for May 6th, 2010 at the Pentagon.

This decision to rescind the invitation to Rev. Graham came after serious objections were raised by MAS Freedom, and other Muslim organizations, in response to Rev. Graham’s numerous comments that characterized Islam as an “evil” religion.

MAS Freedom responded to the invitation by issuing a call to Muslims, and to the larger interfaith community, to ask the Pentagon to rescind the invitation, in light of Reverend Graham’s previous comments about the Islamic faith.

In an interview on FOX television news on April 20th, the prominent evangelical pastor invited Muslims to abandon the religion of Islam and seek salvation through Christianity, noting that Muslims would not have to die in “car bombings” in order to get to heaven.

Imam Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of MAS Freedom, called the withdrawal of the invitation “a victory against outright religious bigotry and an affirmation that positive and affirming prayer should always be lifted up over the kind of invocations that come from people like Reverend Franklin Graham.”

“We believe that freedom of religious belief is important, but Islamophobia should never be lifted up, or presented in a way that claims to represent the sentiments of the vast majority of Christian people in America. Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others, can certainly pray for the good of this country without attacking or denigrating the beliefs of their compatriots.”

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