Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.I'm guessing it runs in the family -- after all, Franklin's more-famous dad was adept at becoming a courtier to numerous presidents over the years. But, in any case, now the Pentagram's had an Official Graham Blessing™, and Franklin has his reward:
Graham's invitation to attend an event inside the Defense Department for national prayer day was withdrawn two weeks ago.
But he arrived in the Pentagon parking lot just before 8 a.m. EDT — his party of a half dozen people forming a circle on the sidewalk and praying with heads bowed for about five minutes.
Graham once called Islam evil. He told an impromptu press conference Thursday outside the Pentagon that he prayed for the men and women of the armed forces and that he doesn't feel his statements about other religions have been offensive.
"And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full."
--- Jesus, from Matthew 6:5