Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelical preacher Billy Graham, said that “Islam is not a peaceful religion” and wherever you go where it is dominant, you do not find “evidence of peace” but instead find adherents who “butcher” and “behead people,” and “take women and rape them.”
“Islam is not a peaceful religion, there’s nothing peaceful about it,” Rev. Graham told WNCN News in an interview about Duke University’s plan (now cancelled) to allow the Muslim Call to Prayer from the bell tower of the campus’ Christian chapel.
“You can’t go anywhere in the world, whether it’s Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia -- where Christians and Jews were killed years ago and removed from their country -- all the way to Iraq, Syria, there’s nowhere where you see evidence of peace,” said Graham, who heads the international relief group Samaritan’s Purse.
“They butcher, they behead people, they take women and rape them,” he said. “If you’re from another religion, the Yazidi women up on Mt. Sinjar, we saw in northern Iraq, up in the Kurdish areas, those girls were taken and they’ve been sold to other Muslim men and they’re used as sex slaves, and Islam permits slavery.”
So, I’m very discouraged at the ignorance of the people at Duke University, the leadership, in not understanding what they’re doing and not understanding Islam,” said Graham, who is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Although Duke University cancelled its plan to allow the Muslim Call to Prayer to be broadcast from the bell tower of the campus’ Christian chapel, a church built by Methodists, the school does allow its approximately 700 Muslim students to worship in a room in the chapel. In addition, the students are allowed to broadcast the Muslim Call to Prayer from a loudspeaker on the campus quad.
Commenting on the plan to allow the Prayer Call to be broadcast from the bell tower, Rev. Graham said, “The Muslims can build their own place of worship, they can have their own house of prayer. But to take the Church that was given to worship God and use that now as [an Islamic] minaret?”
Duke University had announced its plan to allow the Call to Prayer from the church tower on Jan. 14. Within 24 hours, after opposition from Rev. Graham and alumni and donors, the university reversed its decision.
“I am glad to hear that Duke University reversed its decision to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from its chapel bell towers,” said Rev. Graham on his Facebook page on Jan. 15. “They made the right decision.”