Franklin Graham: ‘Is Islam really a religion of peace?’

Franklin Graham: ‘Is Islam really a religion of peace?’

Reverend Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association…in a recent Facebook post questioned whether Islam is “really a religion of peace” noting that the Islamic State, in the latest issue of its magazine, Dabiq, defends slavery and the use of women as sex slaves “as a firmly established aspect of the Shariah.” …

In his Oct. 18 Facebook post, Rev. Graham, who also runs the international aid group Samaritan’s Purse, said, “Is Islam really a religion of peace? Islamic State justified kidnapping women as sex slaves in the new issue of their online magazine. They said that it is a ‘firmly established aspect of Shariah’ and anyone who denies this is denying the Koran.”

“These are the militants who are currently terrorizing innocent Iraqis right now and advancing throughout the Middle East,” he said.  “Does this sound peaceful to you?”

In the Islamic State’s magazine,Dabiq, Issue 4, there is an article about the treatment of the Yazidisin Iraq, a people the Islamic State describes as a “pagan minority.”

The article says that for the Yazidis, “their women could be enslaved” and “after capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations [in northern Iraq]…

“[O]ne should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [non-believers]  and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sahriah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur’an and the narrations of the Prophet, and thereby apostatizing from Islam.”

Back in the spring of 2010, Rev. Franklin Graham was invited – and then disinvited – to speak at the Pentagon as part of the National Day of Prayer because of remarks he made following the 9/11 terrorist attacks about Islam.

As Rev. Graham explained to Fox’s Greta Van Susteren on May 5, 2010, “First of all, Greta, I said Islam, after 9/11, I said that Islam was wicked and evil. I don’t believe that Mohammed can lead anybody to God. I believe Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and life. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, that He was buried for our sins, that God raised Him to life, and if we are willing to accept that and believe on faith that God will forgive us and heal our hearts.”

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