For months, the Rev. Franklin Graham has tried to warn the world of the dangers of radical Islam. In December, he cited the need for greater security “until this war with radical Islam is over.” Again Monday, Graham pleaded for recognition of the enemy America faces as a first step to protecting innocent lives.
“I appreciate President Barack Obama speaking to the nation yesterday in the wake of the Orlando massacre. He was right in saying that this tragic shooting was an act of terror and hate. But why didn’t he say it was an act of radical Islamic terrorism?” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.
“Mr. President, with all due respect, don’t forget Fort Hood; don’t forget the Boston Marathon; don’t forget San Bernardino; and don’t forget 9/11. What do they all have in common? They were all Islamic terrorists carrying out their treachery in the name of their religion,” he wrote.
Graham noted that the president’s own policies have weakened the nation Obama swore to defend.
“Mr. President, your administration has cut our military to the bone and some experts say we’re the weakest we have been in modern times,” Graham wrote, adding, “It’s time we tighten America’s borders until we can clearly vet those we’re letting into the country.”
But Graham’s impassioned plea was not about policy; it was about recognition of the enemy.
“Mr. President, how many more American lives have to be lost before you understand the threat radical Islam is to every freedom-loving person?” he wrote.
Graham had also called for action in November after the Paris terrorist attacks, saying ISIS had one outcome in mind.
“Their goal is world domination,” he said. “They want to control us — they want to destroy us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live under Islam. I will bow my knee to no one except Almighty God.”
He said then what must be done.
“We need to elect a president and leaders willing to take the fight to the Islamic State,” he wrote, adding that there was also one important thing all Americans must do.
“Our world is in great peril. We need to pray for God’s mercy, His grace, and His protection. I pray that America will turn to God before it’s too late,” he wrote.