Franklin Graham: We Should Not Mock Islam

Barb Wire

News headlines are still swirling around the ISIS attack outside a Texas cartoon contest that displayed pictures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Evangelist Franklin Graham is speaking out on the attack—but it might not be what you expected to hear. Graham has come out hard against Islamic terrorism, and he’s not excusing the incident in Garland, but he’s offering some wisdom that we should all heed.

“The organizers of the cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, had the constitutional right to do what they did—but just because we have the ‘right’ to do something doesn’t make it right! As a Christian I’m offended when people mock my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Graham said.

“Muslims are offended when people mock their faith. I disagree with Islam. But just because I disagree, I’m not going to mock them or resort to violence. We need to show respect to people of other races and beliefs. What happened to civility and respect?”

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Apparently, civility and respect are out the window and there may be more backlash. ISIS is now warning that “what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing.”

Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record on Fox News, is siding with Graham.

“The First Amendment free speech clause right is key to a democracy, but how one exercises that right is likewise important,” she said. “Good judgment is important.”

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Jennifer LeClaire
Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma magazine. She is also the author of several books, including The Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel and The Making of a Prophet. Her media ministry includes her website; 100,000+ followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; and a growing newsletter list. Jennifer has been interviewed on numerous media outlets including USA Today, BBC, The Alan Colmes Show, Bill Martinez Live and It’s Supernatural.

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