Rev. Franklin Graham and
President Barack Obama.
(BGEA and AP.)
In reaction to President Barack Obama's speech at the Islamic Society mosque in Baltimore, where the president praised Islam and said it "has always been part of America," evangelical leader Franklin Graham said America's roots "have nothing to do with Islam" and that "Islam cannot save anyone," adding that, unlike Jesus Christ, "Muhammed is dead."
"The media is making a lot of noise today about President Obama visiting a mosque in an attempt to recast what he said was 'a warped image of Islam,'" said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 3 post on Facebook.
"The foundations of this nation have nothing to do with Islam, but everything to do with the Church of Jesus Christ," said the reverend.
"Islam cannot save anyone from Hell or open the gates of Heaven," he continued. "Only One can do that -- Jesus Christ, the Son of God who paid the debt of sin for all mankind by giving His life as a sacrifice on Calvary’s cross where He suffered and died for our sins, took our sins to the grave, and on the third day God raised Him triumphantly to life."
"He’s alive today," said Rev. Graham. "Muhammad is dead. I worship a risen Lord! Islam can’t compete with that."
President Obama spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday, Feb. 3. In his remarks he said, "Here’s another fact: Islam has always been part of America. Starting in colonial times, many of the slaves brought here from Africa were Muslim. And even in their bondage, some kept their faith alive. ... Generations of Muslim Americans helped to build our nation. They were part of the flow of immigrants who became farmers and merchants. They built America’s first mosque, surprisingly enough, in North Dakota." (His full speech can be read here.)
Franklin Graham, 63, is the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. He also oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.