Franklin Graham, head of the nonprofit global Samaritan's Purse charity and of the evangelistic organization that bears his father's name, said in a couple of Facebook posts he was sick and tired of hearing about Islam, but that Americans needed to realize its dangers and act accordingly.
He also expressed outrage at the professor at Wheaton College – where his evangelist father, Billy Graham, and his mother graduated in 1943 – who donned a hijab for this year's Christmas season to show solidarity with Muslims.
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His first post: "Are you sick of hearing about Islam? I am too – but it is a very real threat to the world and to our security here at home. Many are asking – Who can save us? ... [T]he Republicans will tell you they can. And the Democrats will argue that they can. But the BIble says that there is only one – Almighty God. 'The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.' Psalm 18:2."
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Graham, in a subsequent post, spoke of what he saw as a despicable situation at Wheaton College, which bills itself as a "top-ranked, academically rigorous Christian liberal arts college" located just outside Chicago, Illinois.
As WND reported, the private Christian college has suspended a female tenured professor who wore a hijab, or Islamic head covering, in an attempt to show “religious solidarity with Muslims” during the Christmas season.
"Can you believe this Wheaton College professor who says she's going to wear a hijab for the holidays this year to show solidarity with Islam? Shame on her! She said that Muslims and Christians worship the same God," Graham wrote. "Well, she is absolutely wrong – she obviously doesn't know her Bible and she doesn't know Islam."
Graham then gave a quick schooling of the differences.
"The God of the Bible," he wrote, "has a Son named Jesus Christ. The god of Islam doesn't have a son, and even the thought of that would be sacrilegious to Muslims. The God of the Bible sent His Son to Earth to die in our place and save us from our sins. The god of Islam requires you to die for him to be sure that you're going to heaven. That's a huge difference – and there are many more examples!"
Larycia Hawkins explained her hijab in a December 10 Facebook post: "I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God."
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Wheaton admministrators said of that claim: That's not true.
"While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God's revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation and the life of prayer," the college put out in a statement.
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And for the college's response, Graham was grateful.
"I'm thankful the school is dealing with this and has put this professor on administrative leave," he wrote, in his Facebook post. "Wheaton College is one of the premier evangelical universities in this country – and on top of that, my father ... and my other graduated from Wheaton in 1943."