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Published On: Mon, Jun 13th, 2016

Franklin Graham to President Obama: ‘how many have to be lost before you understand the threat of radical Islam’

Franklin Graham is one of America’s most prominent faith leaders and took issue with President Obama and his refusal to recognize and acknowledge the threat from Islamic radicalism and terrorism in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack.

In a Facebook post Monday, Graham, the chief of Samaritan’s Purse, pointed out that Obama, during his statements about the weekend’s massacre by a radical Islamic terrorist at a bar for homosexuals, refused to call it an act of radical Islamic terrorism.

Franklin Graham photo/ BillyGraham.org

Franklin Graham photo/ BillyGraham.org

“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,” Graham wrote.

“But why didn’t he say it was an act of radical Islamic terrorism?”

Graham then lists attacks by jihadists and close with “Mr. President, how many more American lives have to be lost before you understand the threat radical Islam is to every freedom-loving person?”

Full statement:

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? 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. 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. It’s time we were rebuilding our military force worldwide to take on this enemy. It’s time we tighten America’s borders until we can clearly vet those we’re letting into the country. Mr. President, how many more American lives have to be lost before you understand the threat radical Islam is to every freedom-loving person?

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President Barack Obama makes a point during a meeting with senior staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 18, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama makes a point during a meeting with senior staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 18, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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