Friday, May 21, 2010

Army disinvites Graham to Pentagon Prayer Day | General Headlines |

Army disinvites Graham to Pentagon Prayer Day | General Headlines |

"'I want to say this is a victory, but in a way it's a Pyrrhic victory because it shows how far this got,' Weinstein said. 'We're not exactly doing cartwheels.'

Weinstein said he hopes someone more 'inclusive' will be invited to replace Graham."

I agree with what Weinstein says in the article, that Graham should not have been invited in the first place. Of course, one has to ask: Should one statement made in 2001 be the defining statement? Has Graham changed his attitude towards other religions, in this case specifically Islam, or does he still feel the same way?

In nine years many people change their beliefs about other religions and 2001 was a politically volatile time. I have no doubt that a quick search would turn up many people, especially Americans, who said hostile things toward Islam. Unfortunately, too many Americans still cannot or will not differentiate between Islam and Al Qaeda.

Frankly, I think the whole thing is a non-issue as well. As the debate of the constitutionality of having a National Day of Prayer finds itself on the doorstep of the Supreme Court the end result will be the same--someone will be unhappy with the final decision. But if it is decided that this so-called event is not constitutional then at least we won't have to worry about someone saying something offensive nearly ten years ago being a problem in the present.

After all, had there not been a National Day of Prayer, Graham would never have been invited and the news media would have had nothing to discuss.

And I would not be writing this post.


Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush each hosted special events for the day only once during their administrations, PresidentBill Clinton did not hold any such events during his time in office, George W. Bush held events on the National Day of Prayer in each year of his presidency, and President Barack Obama did not hold a formal event for the NDOP on May 7, 2009.

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