AP, Aug. 15, 2002
Franklin Graham challenged the leaders to help rebuild New York or compensate the victims families.
“I’m certainly not preaching against Muslim people,” Graham said Wednesday on WBT-AM radio. “I am concerned about our nation, and on Sept. 11 last year, we were attacked by followers of Islam, claiming to do this in the name of Islam.”
“The silence of the clerics around the world is frightening to me,” he said. “How come they haven’t come to this country, how come they haven’t apologized to the American people, how come they haven’t reassured the American people that this is not true Islam and that these people are not acting in the name of Allah, they’re not acting in the name of Islam?”
Dr. Masood Khan, chairman of the Charlotte Islamic School board, said local Muslims were outraged by Graham’s statements.
“What surprised us is that he’s a leader of such stature. But instead of respecting other faiths, he’s spreading hate,” Khan said.