Graham: On Muslim Persecution'
By Michael W. Chapman
Leading into the program, host Tony Perkins asked Rev. Graham about religious persecution in the Middle East by the Islamic State and whether the United States was doing enough to help the people fleeing the persecution.
Rev. Graham said that what was happening constituted, in his view, genocide. "I'm just frightened that the Christian community in Iraq is going to be completely wiped out," he said.
As for the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Shia Muslim government there has placed tough restrictions on the Farsi-speaking Christian churches to the point, said Rev. Graham, where they "will soon be gone" and just "die off."
The Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Syria, in contrast, are just "killing the Christians, beheading them, cutting their throats, telling them to convert to Islam or we're going to shoot you," he said.
Concerning the Obama administration, they were warned by our military leaders not to pull completely out of Iraq but they did not do that "and now we have an imploding in that part of the world," said the reverend.
We pulled out of Iraq and "that vacuum was filled by ISIS," the Islamic State, said Tony Perkins, adding that the administration doesn't want to acknowledge that the Islamists are motivated "by their radical beliefs."
Commenting on that point, Rev. Graham said, "One of the problems we have, the president, his father was a Muslim and his stepfather was a Muslim -- [he] lived in Indonesia and went to Muslim schools. His mother must have been a Muslim. We don’t know that but she married two Muslim men, so there must have been something there."
"The framework that our president has growing up, his influences in his life were that of Islam," said the reverend. "My influences, growing up in this country as many in this country, were under the Christian influence and the biblical influence. But our president did not have that; it was Islam. Many feel that he’s protecting Islam. I don’t know that but it certainly seems that way."
Perkins said, "Well, it doesn’t look like he’s going out of his way to help Christianity." He also raised the point that an apparent "growing religious intolerance here at home" is perhaps "fueling this persecution abroad."
Rev. Graham responded, "I would agree with you but I would humbly focus a little bit more on that it’s not so much religious freedom, because other religions have lots of freedom. It is really focusing against Christians." The reverend then went on to explain his observation of the anti-Christian movement in the government.1