Evangelist Graham Barred From Pentagon Event

Prayed outside instead

By Kathy Banks
|  Thursday, May 6, 2010  |  Updated 3:01 PM EDT
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Evangelist Graham Barred From Pentagon Event

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Evangelist Franklin Graham was supposed to lead a prayer service inside the Pentagon Thursday. He prayed outside instead.

Two weeks ago, the Pentagon withdrew an invitation for Graham, who is Billy Graham’s son, to speak at the Defense Department’s National Day of Prayer event. Pentagon officials said there just were too many complaints about Graham’s strict views on Christianity and harsh comments about other religions.
 
Graham once called Islam evil.
 
Apparently not to be deterred, Graham arrived in the Pentagon parking lot Thursday morning with a half dozen people. They formed a circle on the sidewalk, bowed their heads and prayed for about five minutes.
 
According to the Associated Press, Graham told reporters outside the Pentagon that he prayed for the men and women of the armed forces and doesn’t feel his statements about other religions are offensive.
 
Day of Prayer events are taking place in cities across the country.

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