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Samaritan’s Purse Founder Faces Political Obstacles for National Day of Prayer PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:27

8:26 a.m. - Samaritan’s Purse President and evangelist Franklin Graham is facing a few political obstacles this month.


Last week, a federal judge from Wisconsin ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.  Graham is the honorary chairman for this year’s National Day of Prayer.

Graham responded to the judge’s ruling with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News.  He said, “It’s these types of judges that are just trying to whittle away at our Christian heritage and our Christian foundation.  As a Christian, my goal in life is to let everybody know that God loves them and cares for them; that Jesus Christ is God’s son, who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave.  He can come into your heart and change your heart.  Our country needs a heart transplant.  It has become so divided and so bitter.  Politically, it’s stretched from one corner to the other and we need to pray for our country.  We need to pray for our elected leaders.  We need to pray that God would intervene somehow and bring healing to this nation.  We have taken God out of our country; we’ve taken him out of our government and out of our schools and look at the mess we’re in.  We don’t need less of God, we need more of God and more prayer.  I just don’t understand why this judge doesn’t see that.”

Graham also said the National Day of Prayer shouldn’t be offensive to people of different faiths because praying is not only an exclusively-Christian activity.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Matt Lehrich, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press stating that President Obama still plans to issue a proclamation and recognize this year’s National Day of Prayer on May 6.

The Associated Press also reports that the United States Army is considering withdrawing an initiation to Graham to appear at the Pentagon on the National Day of Prayer after a religious liberty group complained about Graham describing Islam as “evil.”


Muslim employees at the Pentagon say they were offended by Graham’s remarks.

Colonel Tom Collins told the A.P. that withdrawing Graham’s invitation was “on the table.”


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