WASHINGTON D.C. (Christian Examiner) – Franklin Graham took to social media to express complete disagreement with President Barack Obama's words at this week's National Prayer Breakfast.
At the Feb. 5 Washington, D.C., event, Obama condemned war, murder and hate crimes "perpetrated in the name of religion," but cautioned Christians from getting on a "high horse" because "during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."
Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, fired back on Facebook, saying, "Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President implied that what ISIS is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1,000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition."
On Twitter, he exclaimed, "It's time we wake up and realize the dangers of Islam."
"Mr. President," he continued on Facebook, "Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desire. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness."
"He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life. Mohammad on the contrary was a warrior and killed many innocent people," Graham said. "True followers of Christ emulate Christ; true followers of Mohammed emulate Mohammed."
Graham concluded his Facebook post with a prayer.
"Lord, no problem is too great for You. This world is full of hatred and sin, but You are loving and holy. You sent your Son, Jesus Christ, so that we might be saved through Him. We repent and call on your name. We ask you to heal our land and bring this nation back to You."