Rev. Franklin Graham. (Photo: BGEA)
In reaction to news reports that 26-year-old Kayla Mueller was regularly raped by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before being killed, and that Islamists believe the Quran gives them permission to rape and that it pleases God, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said "the god of Islam is not the one true God of the Bible."
"Now it has been released that Kayla Mueller, the 26-year-old American aid worker captured by ISIS and killed in February, was repeatedly raped by ISIS top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and another senior IS member," said Rev. Graham in an Aug. 15 post on Facebook.
"This is a barbaric specialty of ISIS," he said. "[T]hey have a highly organized sex trade industry, even keeping an inventory of sex slaves."
"The New York Times reports about the unbelievable horrors and trauma experienced by women and girls as young as 12 as they are repeatedly raped and brutalized by ISIS," said Rev. Graham. "The report reveals that the men prayed before and after raping them, saying that the Quran gives them the right to do this and that it pleases their god."
"I’ll say it again—the god of Islam is not the one true God of the Bible," said Rev. Graham. "We need to pray for Christians, Yazidis, moderate Muslims, and all those across the Middle East who are persecuted and suffering at the hands of ISIS."
Kayla Mueller was kidnapped in August 2013 while in southern Turkey, where she was doing humanitarian work with Syrian refugees. As reported in the Daily Mail, the BBC, and other media, Kayla's parents were told by U.S. officials earlier this year that , during their daughter's captivity, she was held at the house of Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic State (IS) official in Syria.
That house was regularly visited by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who repeatedly raped Mueller, according to U.S. officials who spoke with Muller's parents. Kayla Mueller also was regularly raped by Abu Sayyaf.
"We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi," Kayla's parents told ABC News. "We were told that in June by the [U.S.] government." American officials gathered details about Kayla Mueller's horrific captivity in part from testimony provided by two Yazidi women who also had been held as sex slaves at the Sayyaf house and later escaped.
The Islamic State claims that Kayla Mueller was killed during a coalition air strike on Feb. 10, but the Pentagon says she was murdered by the IS.
Numerous media overseas and in the United States have reported on the Islamic State capturing thousands of Yazidi and Christian women, in Iraq and Syria, and then selling them as sex slaves and "brides."
Back in June, Rev. Graham said, "The evils of radical Islam continue to horrify us. ISIS is now giving sex slaves as prizes for memorizing the Koran. This shocking practice of giving away human beings as prizes is called 'sibya' and was announced on ISIS Twitter accounts just a few days ago in honor of the beginning of Islam's month of Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims all over the world."
Kayla Mueller, left, and her mother, Marsha Mueller.
(Family photo, ABC News)
"ISIS wants to demonstrate that they are the ones who most closely follow true Islam," said Rev. Graham. "These women and young girls who were captured at war face unbelievable atrocities. Join me in praying for an end to ISIS's reign of terror in the Middle East and a halt to their expansion around the globe."
"At this time we don't need to put more American troops in harm's way when we have people who want to fight for their own freedom," said the evangalical minister.
"Let's help them defend themselves."Rev. Graham then asked, "President Barack Obama, why have you allowed this to continue? Why don't you support the Kurds and the Yazidis and others like them with the wherewithal to protect themselves?"
Franklin Graham, 62, is the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham is married, has five children, and lives in Boone, N.C. He runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is president of the international relief group Samaritan's Purse.
Kayla Mueller, 26, an American humanitarian worker who was
kidnapped by the Islamic State in August 2013 and then regulalry
sexually abused and raped, and eventually murdered in February
2015 by Islamists. (Photo: AP)