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Santorum excuses Graham’s anti-Muslim comments, calls them ‘reasonable.’

By Alex Seitz-Wald  

"Santorum excuses Graham’s anti-Muslim comments, calls them ‘reasonable.’"

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Today, the Pentagon rescinded its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at the upcoming National Day of Prayer, saying that his past comments calling Islam a “wicked and evil religion” were “not appropriate.” Unsurprisingly, conservatives were outraged by the decision, accusing the military of being overly politically correct. On Fox News this afternoon, former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum defended Graham, saying his remarks were “eminently forgivable” because they were made in the “heat of an attack on this country”:

SANTORUM: What Franklin Graham has done, is he made a statement in the heat of an attack on this county by people who were Jihadists, and it was a reasonable statement at the time. And I think Franklin Graham has done everything over the last ten years to show that this is a man who cares about humanity and cares about preaching the word of God, and that is love and peace and forgiveness, and the Army should practice at least the forgiveness part of it. [...]

The fact that he made a statement in the heat of an attack on this country, is something that is eminently forgivable. And, if applied just to the people that were attacking this country, is true. That was an evil act, by people who, if you focus on Jihadists, are in fact evil. So this is the Army trying to be politically correct.

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While Graham did initially make his “evil” Islam remark shortly after 9/11, he continues to stand by the hateful claim. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Graham said, “I never backed down from that. I never retracted from that.” He also reiterated that he finds the religion’s treatment of women to be “evil.” Moreover, Santorum is trying to whitewash Graham’s comments by suggesting they referred only to the “act” of terror, or only to “Jihadists.” In fact, Graham clearly called the entire religion “wicked and evil.”

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