Billy Graham was a famous religious figure for over three decades and those of all religions were impressed by his sense of humanity. His son, Frank Graham, was invited to speak on May 6 as part of the National Day of Prayer, but the announcement has angered many who believe in the principle of separation of church and state. The Rev. Graham made a comment the day after 9/11l about Muslims which has offended many who believe in that faith. He said Islam was “a very evil and wicked religion” and made clear that he has not changed one word of that description. If he speaks at a Pentagon sponsored event it means those of the Muslim faith who serve in the armed forces will have a man who regards them as evil, hardly the way to show respect for those who serve the nation.
Mikey Weinstein of the MIlitary Religious Freedom Foundation does not object to days of prayer, but he does not believe the Pentagon should be working with those who organize prayer service. Allow prayer, allow those who wish to preach their faith the right to do so, but the Pentagon can not sanction an individual who insults members of the armed forces.