Is It “Inappropriate” to Speak the Truth About Islam?

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Apr 23, 2010 2 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Is It “Inappropriate” to Speak the Truth About Islam?

One would think a group that calls itself the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (http://www NULL.militaryreligiousfreedom NULL.org/) would be in favor of religious freedom in the military, right?

(http://www NULL.grahamfestivals NULL.org/)Why, then, does the MRFF claim “victory” when the military rescinds an invitation (http://www NULL.foxnews NULL.com/politics/2010/04/21/army-weighs-rescinding-invitation-evangelist/) to Rev. Franklin Graham to address a Pentagon Day of Prayer breakfast? They objected to Graham’s invitation and demanded that it be canceled, because Graham had spoken critically of Islam.

Specifically, Graham had said Islam has enslaved people and suppressed women, and “is a very evil and wicked religion.” Graham emphasized his love for Muslims as people, but “as a minister … I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching.” He further stated that he “wants Muslims to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins.”

Military spokesman Col. Tom Collins said Graham’s remarks were “not appropriate” — not factually incorrect but inappropriate — because “”We’re an all-inclusive military. We honor all faiths. … Our message to our service and civilian work force is about the need for diversity and appreciation of all faiths.”

An “all-inclusive military” that practices “diversity and appreciation of all faiths”? How about a blindfolded military that, because of orders from higher up the chain of command, refuses to face the reality of the enemy we are fighting?

During World War II, would this “all-inclusive military” have disinvited a speaker who had criticized the horrors of Nazism? Or during the Korean War and the War in Vietnam, would the Pentagon have rescinded an invitation to a speaker who had denounced Communism?

Note that the Pentagon canceled Graham’s invitation, not because of anything he was expected to say at the prayer breakfast, but because of statements he had made in the past. This sends a clear message to pastors: Be careful what you say, and don’t ever make politically-incorrect statements about a group the White House favors, or you can forget about ever speaking at a prayer breakfast. In First Amendment jurisprudence we might call that a “chilling effect” on free speech.

As one of the best-known and most-respected religious leaders in the world today, Graham was a natural choice for the prayer breakfast. His father, the Rev. Billy Graham, had spoken for presidents of both parties and all persuasions. His son, Army Captain Edward Graham, was wounded in Iraq and is currently serving in Afghanistan.

In fairness to the military spokesmen, this decision probably came from the top of the chain of command. But it is further evidence that the armed forces are being used as a tool to further the Administration’s ideological goals, and further that the armed forces are becoming increasingly hostile to evangelical Christian.

As an old soldier who served 23 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate and who is currently serving as a State Defense Force Chaplain, I am outraged that the Pentagon has caved in to the demands of political correctness. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment was enacted as a shield to protect religious freedom, not a hammer to suppress it. Unfortunately, it is being used as a hammer.

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  2. Linda Templet says:

    Haven’t we stood on the grounds of our 1st Amendment long enough? Lets get off of these grounds and go to some HOLY GROUNDS. Lets stand on our Declaration of Independence for our Freedom of Religion cause.

    Thomas Jefferson wrote this:
    Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
    When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    Linda Templet wrote this interpretation:

    Declaration of Independence, 2010

    When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for Godly Nature People to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with Earthly Natured People, and to assume Earthly Natured powers to be a separate and equal station to which the Powers of the Laws of Nature, taken from The Holy Bible, AND Natures God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind require that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation from their form of governing to another form of governing.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident:

    Thomas Jefferson drafted Our Declaration of Independence and is explicitly explaining the separation or the reasoning behind our United States government separating from the government of Great Britain.

    Our form of government did not have the Same Nature as Great Britain’s form of governing; therefore, these two different kinds of Natures could never get along or ever come into agreement with each other. This official governmental document is talking about the laws of Nature; taken from The Holy Bible, and Natures God only.

    Our form of governing gave twenty nine Reasons why their form of governing did not match up with the united States of Americas form of governing. Their form of governing was completely against the laws of Nature; the Holy Bible, and Natures God. We are a Christian Natured Nation. Our laws of Nature do line up with The Holy Bible.

    Can we give 29 reasons why the Torans way of governing NATURE is NOT the SAME as the Holy Bibles WAY to govern NATURE?

    After our Declaration of Independence denounces the reasoning behind the separation between their form of governing and ours, they End their Declaring with the following statement:

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world —God–for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

    This document is a Religious Rights Document. It is about two different NATURES clashing. Our forefathers Absolved all Allegiance to the British Crown but they kept the Will or Nature of William Penn concerning good government in their Nature.

    KNOW YE THEREFORE, That for the further Well-being and good Government of the said Province, and Territories; and in Pursuance of the Rights and Powers before-mentioned, I the said William Penn do declare, grant and confirm, unto all the Freemen, Planters and Adventurers, and other Inhabitants in this Province and Territories, these following Liberties, Franchises and Privileges, so far as in me lieth, to be held, enjoyed and kept, by the Freemen, Planters and Adventurers, and other Inhabitants of and in the said Province and Territories “hereunto annexed, for ever. FOR EVER—–FOR EVER—FOR EVER

    FIRST
    BECAUSE no People can be truly happy, though under the greatest Enjoyment of Civil Liberties, if abridged of the Freedom of their Consciences, as to their Religious Profession and Worship: And Almighty God being the only Lord of Conscience, Father of Lights and Spirits; and the Author as well as Object of all divine Knowledge, Faith and Worship, who only doth enlighten the Minds, and persuade and convince the Understandings of People, I do hereby grant and declare, That no Person or Persons, inhabiting In this Province or Territories, who shall confess and acknowledge One almighty God, the Creator, Upholder and Ruler of the World; and professes him or themselves obliged to live quietly under the Civil

    Government, shall be in any Case molested or prejudiced, in his or their Person or Estate, because of his or their conscientious Persuasion or Practice, nor be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious Worship, Place or Ministry, contrary to his or their Mind, or to do or suffer any other Act or Thing, contrary to their religious Persuasion.
    AND that all Persons who also profess to believe in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World, shall be capable (notwithstanding their other Persuasions and Practices in Point of Conscience and Religion) to serve this Government in any Capacity, both legislatively and executively, he or they solemnly promising, when lawfully required, Allegiance to the King as Sovereign, and Fidelity to the Proprietary and Governpr, and taking the Attests as now established by the Law made at Newcastle, in the Year One Thousand and Seven Hundred, entituled, An Act directing the Attests of several Officers and Ministers, as now amended and confirmed this present Assembly.

    Our forefathers lawfully and respectfully asked the present King of Great Britain to change his nature or WAY of doing things because His Ways did not Line up with the HOLY BIBLES WAYS; but he totally refused to the correct HIS Way of governing.

    Islams NATURE is not the SAME NATURE as our GODS NATURE. They don’t us the Holy Bible to govern their country or their lives.

    When is President OBAMA and the rest of the people in this country going to realize that our Declaration of Indepencence is a Delaration of religion in our country. This is the HOLY GROUNDS to stand on not the First Amentment or the establishment clause.

    Our forefathers who were our law makers took a stand. Now it is your time to follow in our fathers footsteps. Do it–Take a stand just like they did. Lean on the support of this Declaration of Independence and secure our reliance on the protection of Divine Providence. This is what our forefather worked day and night for. They worked to create, form, and make a Divine Providence for all people.

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