A prominent Muslim group has taken issue with the Rev. Franklin Graham’s part in President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday (Jan. 20).
According to CBN News, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) alleges that Graham is not an appropriate choice to pray and speak at the inauguration due to comments the evangelist has made against Islam.
CAIR is calling on Trump to remove Graham from the list of six ministers who will have a part in the inauguration proceedings.
Graham has often condemned Islam and has called it a “very evil and wicked religion.”
"Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalised – and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad," he has written. He has also, however, clarified that he doesn’t support mocking Muslims or resorting to violence. “We need to show respect to people of other races and beliefs. What happened to civility and respect?”
CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad believes, however, that "If President-elect Trump truly seeks to unite our nation as he promised in his acceptance speech, he will limit the list of those offering prayers at the inauguration to religious leaders who work to bring us together, not to create divisions between faiths.
Trump has previously thanked Graham for helping him get the votes of evangelical Christians.
"I want to thank so many great people, but having Franklin Graham, who was so instrumental, we won so big, with evangelical Christians, we won so big," he said.
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Publication date: January 17, 2017