Rev. Franklin Graham’s recent op-ed for USA Today
voices the fears about Islamists, those supporting Sharia Law and jihadists.
Graham references a Pew Research Center survey which found that seven percent of Muslims in America believe violence against non-Muslims is “sometimes” justified. One percent said it was “often” justified.
Pew asked Muslims in the U.S. under what circumstances “suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians is justified to defend Islam.” Thankfully, Pew reported, Muslims mostly (86%) say such behavior is “rarely or never” justified. Whew! That means about 1.6 million Muslim adults living here say they don’t approve of violence in the name of their religion. But what about the rest? What do they believe about justifiable violence?
Franklin Graham photo/ BillyGraham.org
“That is not to say that 8% would actually strap on an explosives-packed vest, but the fact that so many find it justifiable is scary enough. And the most likely place that terrorist recruiters or Internet propagandists will find American Muslims who’d be willing to kill is among those Muslims who don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Graham continued, using examples.
“Who would knowingly and willingly accept these odds of a peaceful existence in their own family, neighborhood, workplace or church? For example, would you feel safe accepting a job at a “mostly peaceful” company of 100 employees if that meant only eight of them believed a suicide bombing was sometimes or often justified in the name of their religion (or in the name of anything, for that matter)?
“Would you stay at a hotel whose employees were ‘mostly peaceful’? Would you trust your car to not explode randomly if a company who boasted its workers were mostly peaceful had made it? Imagine a marketing slogan: ‘Trust us — we’re mostly peaceful.’ And who would fly an airplane full of mostly peaceful passengers?”
Graham acknowledged that most Muslims don’t support acts of terrorism, such as the recent attack in Nice, France
, but nevertheless, he said, “[I]t’s the millions who apparently agree [with these acts of violence] who terrify me.”
Graham was one of the first to call for a ban on Muslim immigrants to the U.S. until the borders can be secured.
The shocking data on the research was the percent of Muslims who want Sharia Law to be the governing law of their country.
“Pew Research Center survey of Muslims in 39 countries
asked Muslims whether they want sharia law, a legal code based on the Quran and other Islamic scripture, to be the official law of the land in their country. Responses on this question vary widely. Nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law. But in some other countries, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – including Turkey (12%), Kazakhstan (10%) and Azerbaijan (8%) – relatively few favor the implementation of sharia law.”
Fascinating survey: more HERE