TIME Mag: 'Radical' Christian Evangelists in Muslim Nations
Franklin Graham speaks at a Pentagon Good Friday service April 18, 2003. Pentagon Chaplin Col. Ralph Benson is at right. The Defense Department defended itself amid criticism by some Muslim groups of the Good Friday appearance. The Pentagon has a policy o
WASHINGTON ‚Äď President Bush isn't the only one with a vision to remake Iraq. Franklin Graham has one, too. With Operation Iraqi Freedom so quickly a success, the son of evangelist Billy Graham was in Washington on Friday. He's working on plans to reach Iraqi Muslims for Christ and help evangelical churches flourish in the biblical lands of Abraham and the Garden of Eden.
But his efforts, and those of other Christian organizations, have caught the attention of Time magazine editors and are stirring up a firestorm.
Graham hit Washington's radar screen after 9/11 when he called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion." An invitation for Graham to preach a Good Friday service at the Pentagon last week trigged more bitter debate, particularly among Muslims, as did a story today in Time, which focused on Graham's relief work in Iraq. But all that may just be the tip of the iceberg.