“The storm of Islam” is coming, already with the persecution of Christians in the Middle East but it’s “going to get worse” with “persecution” in America because President Barack Obama is “very sympathetic to Islam,” said evangelical pastor Franklin Graham.
He added that Muslims are influencing U.S. foreign policy as was evident in the way the White House “snubbed” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “[I]t’s because of the influence of Islam,” he said. “They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming.”
Reverend Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, made his remarks during an interview with Gordon Robertson on the 700 Club Interactive, a program of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
During the exchange, Gordon Robertson talked about videotaped beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by members of the Islamic State and noted that when that happened in mid-February, Rev. Graham had said “these acts of terror will only spread – the storm is coming.”
Robertson then asked, “What storm do you see coming?”
“The storm of Islam,” said Rev. Graham. "And what you’re seeing Gordon, this isn’t just radical Islam – this is Islam. They’ve been persecuting Christians, minorities for centuries. This isn’t something that just started with ISIS.”
“This is something that’s been going on for, again, it goes all the way back to the time of Mohammed, when he began to turn his sword on Christians and Jews and Saudi Arabia,” said the reverend. “At that time there were large Christian communities in Arabia. Now there’s not one Jew, there’s not one Christian left. It’s against the law in Saudi Arabia to have a church.”
He continued, “There’s fairly large communities of Christians in places like Iraq. But after 9/11 those communities now have dwindled down just to thousands where they were millions. This is happening in Syria. This is happening in Egypt. There’s persecution of churches and Christians in Turkey. You see this in Sudan. The list goes on and on, to Indonesia where Christians are persecuted.”
“There’s not any place for these Christians to run anymore,” said Rev. Graham, who is president of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse. “Those that could escape to the West have come.”
“And it’s going to get worse,” he said. “We’re going to see persecution, I believe, in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam. The reason I say that, Gordon, is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama. His mother married another Muslim man, they moved to Indonesia, he went to Indonesian schools.”
“So, growing up, his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam,” said Rev. Graham. “It wasn’t Christianity, it was Islam.”
Host Gordon Robertson also commented on how there was more openness to Islam from the federal government after 9/11 apparently as a means to better understand Islam and the potential threat it posed.
That happened, said Rev. Graham, and “now have radical Islamists that are advising various levels of government. It’s going to get worse, and nobody seems to be alarmed about it. Nobody is saying anything about this. And we as Christians are going to lose.”
Commenting further about President Obama and his sympathy for Islam, Rev. Graham said, “There are Muslims that have access to him in the White House. Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now from Muslims. We see the Prime Minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats and it’s because of the influence of Islam.”
“They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming, I believe, Gordon,” said the reverend.
Franklin Graham, 62, in addition to running Samaritan’s Purse is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), which was founded by his father. Pastor Billy Graham, 96, lives at his home in Montreat, N.C. He reportedly is doing fairly well and reads the Bible and prays daily.