Evangelist Graham prays in front of Pentagon despite being disinvited for insult to IslamBy Pauline Jelinek, AP
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Disinvited evangelist prays at Pentagon anyway
WASHINGTON — 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Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.
Graham’s invitation to attend an event inside the Defense Department for national prayer day was withdrawn two weeks ago.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.
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