The Rev. Franklin Graham recently wrote an op-ed for USA Today in which he voices his fears about the small percentage of Muslims who say violent actions may be justified.
In his article, Graham references a Pew Research Center survey which found that seven percent of Muslims in America believe violence against non-Muslims is “sometimes” justified. One percent said it was “often” justified, reports ChristianToday.com.
Although this is a small percentage, Graham says it is still cause for concern.
“That is not to say that 8% would actually strap on an explosives-packed vest, but the fact that so many find it justifiable is scary enough. And the most likely place that terrorist recruiters or Internet propagandists will find American Muslims who'd be willing to kill is among those Muslims who don't see anything wrong with it.”
Graham continued, using examples to make his point:
"Who would knowingly and willingly accept these odds of a peaceful existence in their own family, neighborhood, workplace or church? For example, would you feel safe accepting a job at a "mostly peaceful" company of 100 employees if that meant only eight of them believed a suicide bombing was sometimes or often justified in the name of their religion (or in the name of anything, for that matter)?
"Would you stay at a hotel whose employees were ‘mostly peaceful’? Would you trust your car to not explode randomly if a company who boasted its workers were mostly peaceful had made it? Imagine a marketing slogan: ‘Trust us — we're mostly peaceful.’ And who would fly an airplane full of mostly peaceful passengers?"
Graham acknowledged that most Muslims don’t support acts of terrorism, such as the recent attack in Nice, France, but nevertheless, he said, “[I]t’s the millions who apparently agree [with these acts of violence] who terrify me.”
Graham was one of the first to call for a ban on Muslim immigrants to the U.S. until the borders can be secured.
Publication date: July 21, 2016