Rev. Graham: 'Why Is It So Hard' For Obama 'To Call Islamic Terrorism What It Is?'

Michael W. Chapman | September 20, 2016 | 12:34pm EDT
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Rev. Franklin Graham (BGEA)

Commenting on the radical Islamic terror attacks in Minnesota, New York City, and New Jersey, Reverend Franklin Graham asked, "Why is it so hard for our president and his administration to call Islamic terrorism what it is?"

President Obama did not make a statement about the weekend attacks until Monday. In his remarks, Obama described the Saturday incident at a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minn., where eight people were stabbed by a Somali-American yelling "Allahu akbar!" as a "potential act of terrorism."  (ISIS has claimed credit for the attack.) As for the bombs in New York City and New Jersey, Obama described them as "explosions," not terrorism.

"Why is it so hard for our president and his administration to call Islamic terrorism what it is?" said Rev. Graham in a Sept. 20 post on Facebook.  "He identified the stabbing spree of a Somali man who yelled 'Allahu Akbar' as he injured eight people in a shopping mall just a 'potential act of terrorism.'"

"Potential? The Islamic State already proudly claimed credit -- how much more 'potential' do you need?" said Rev. Graham. 

Obama "didn't call the New York and New Jersey bombings terrorism, just calling these deliberate attacks 'explosions,'" said Rev. Graham. "And yesterday his staffer, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest described the terror threat as a 'narrative threat.'"

"Tell that to the families of the over 5,000 U.S. service men and women who lost their lives fighting terror since 9/11," said the Christian evangelist. "And tell it to the victims of terror who suffer every day after having been shot, stabbed, burned horribly, or lost limbs."

"My prayer is that the next president of the United States will not be ashamed to say the truth and identify Islamic terrorists for what they are," said Rev. Graham.

Franklin Graham, 64, is the son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham. Franklin Graham runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the international Chriistian relief group Samaritan's Purse. He is married, has five children, and lives in Boone, N.C.

Franklin Graham regularly preaches in the United States and abroad, and frequently comments on current affairs on television and radio. 

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