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Buzzflash: Franklin Graham’s Nascent McCarthyism


Franklin GrahamMarch 24, 2011- He's the son of the Rev. Billy Graham and he'd love to inherit his father's unofficial mantle as "America's Pastor." The organizations he heads have relief projects galore, aimed at both helping those in need and proselytizing the suffering and vulnerable.  He sees Christians as victims, and he appears to be flirting with a twenty-first century brand of McCarthyism, epitomized by claims that the Obama administration has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is Franklin Graham delusional or is he merely uninformed? He heads up Samaritan's Purse and is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association . Samaritan's Purse does important charity work around the world. These days, the organization is gathering and delivering relief supplies to the people of Japan devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami which destroyed a good chunk of the northeastern part of the country several weeks back.

In addition to his significant charitable work, Graham delivers controversial comments pretty regularly. For example, in August 2010, he told CNN's John King that he thought "the president's problem" stems from the fact that "he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name."

Graham added that "the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed and he has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That is what he says he has done, I cannot say that he hasn't. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said."

Obama administration and Muslim Brotherhood

In a recent interview with the conservative website Newsmax.com, Graham pulled a page from Senator Joseph McCarthy's playbook and accused the Obama administration of being in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood: "The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active here in our country," Graham said. "It's infiltrated every level of our government. Right now we have many of these people that are advising the US military and State Department on how to respond in the Middle East, and it's like asking a fox, like a farmer asking a fox, 'How do I protect my hen house?' We've brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries. And many of these people we've brought in, I'm afraid, are under the Muslim Brotherhood."

Asked if President Barack Obama was doing enough to protect Christians at home and abroad, Graham said, "No. If anything it's the opposite."

"Muslims are protected more in this country than Christians," he said. "The president has made many statements but he doesn't back them up. We have to do more to protect the Christians in the Muslim world. Their lives are in danger."

Graham has been ticked off at Obama since he claimed that the administration played a role in revoking his invitation to speak at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer event last year.

In the Newsmax interview, Graham also praised the leadership of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Hussein, saying that under their rule "Christians had been protected."

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