The Army has disinvited Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from speaking at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer service on May 6 because of his past controversial comments about Islam. In 2001, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham described Islam as evil and said last year that he found it to be "a very violent religion."
Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins confirmed today, that at the Army's request, the Pentagon Chaplain's Office had contacted Graham to withdraw the invitation extended to him to be the main speaker at the Pentagon's observance of the National Day of Prayer.
Speaking of Graham's past comments, Collins said, "Army leadership became aware of the issue and immediately recognized it was problematic. " He added, "This Army honors all faiths and tries to inculcate our soldiers and work force with an appreciation of all faiths and his past comments just were not appropriate for this venue. "