The Army has rescinded its invitation to Franklin Graham -- son of the famed evangelist Billy Graham -- to speak at the Pentagon on May 6, 2010 for the National Day of Prayer over concerns of his remarks about Islam.
Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said this week that Graham's comments about Islam were "not appropriate," the Christian Post website reports today.
Graham called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion" after the September 11, 2010 terrorist attacks, and more recently made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith in an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown in December 2009.
"True Islam cannot be practiced in this country," Graham said to Brown. He added, "You cannot murder your children if you think they've committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries."
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation -- on behalf of Muslim military personnel and defense department staff -- demanded in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Graham be disinvited as a speaker at the Pentagon prayer event.