Franklin Graham to Obama: Muhammad killed innocentsChristian evangelist Franklin Graham on Thursday reminded President Obama, who discusses during one televised interview his “Muslim faith” but otherwise has stated being a Christian, that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for the guilty, while Islam’s Muhammad killed the “innocent.” The comment came in reaction to Obama’s speech during the National Prayer Breakfast, when he linked Christians to violence, by claiming that atrocities such as the Inquisition and the Crusades were done “in the name of Christ.”  Obama said, “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. And in our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

He condemned jihadists who are “betraying” Islam with their slaughter of innocent people. And he called out members of the Islamic State, who have “carried out unspeakable acts of barbarism.” “This is not unique to one group or one religion,” Obama claimed. “There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith. And in today’s world when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to combat such intolerance. But God compels us to try.” While one Catholic leader called for Obama to apologize, pointedly noting that the Inquisition was political, and the Crusades were a defensive effort, and a Fox commentator blasted the president for having to go back “1,000 years” to find some way to link Christians to violence, others noted that it actually was a largely Christian influence that drove slavery out of America and reduced Jim Crow laws to relics. More