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Franklin Graham’s New Obama-Muslim Conspiracy Theory

22 March 2011 Mother Jones 5 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

— By David Corn

Billy Graham’s son says the president has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the US government.

Yes, there’s a new Obama-Muslim conspiracy theory on the right: The evangelical son of one of America’s most famous evangelists says that President Barack Obama has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to become part of the US government and influence administration decisions.

In an interview last week with, a conservative website (that pushes the Obama-was-born-in-Kenya conspiracy theory), Franklin Graham, an evangelist like his father, Billy Graham, claimed that the fundamentalist Islamic political group has burrowed into the Obama administration and is shaping US foreign policy. Sounding a bit like Glenn Beck, Graham explained:

The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active in our country. 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 henhouse from foxes?” 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.

Infiltrated every level of our government—that’s quite a claim. Yet Graham did not name a single Muslim Brotherhood infiltrator or cite a specific Obama administration decision that has been manipulated by these crafty behind-the-scenes Islamists. (The quotes in the Newsmaxarticle reporting Graham’s remarks differ slightly from what he actually said during his interview with Newsmax, according to the video of the interview, which is posted below.)

Though Graham did not back up his charge that Obama has opened the US government to the Muslim Brotherhood, he did say that he believes the president is more concerned with helping Muslims than Christians—both in the United States and abroad. When the Newsmaxinterviewer asked Graham if Obama has been doing enough to support Christianity and Christians at home and overseas, Graham replied, “No…If anything, it’s the opposite.” He added, “The Muslims are protected more in this country than Christians.”

Graham did not cite specifics on this point, either. A spokesman said Graham was unable to comment on his remarks to Newsmax since he was en route to Africa.

While Graham did not question Obama’s Christian faith during this interview, his comments tracked with the extremist right-wing claim that the president is a secret Muslim. And Graham has raised the matter of an Obama Islamic connection in the past. Last August, he told CNN that because Obama’s father had been a Muslim, Obama had a perception “problem.” The president’s father, who was not involved in Obama’s rearing, was born a Muslim, but as an adult he was an atheist. Obama was not raised as a Muslim.

It’s no surprise that Franklin Graham is worriedabout Muslims sneaking into the US government. He has declared Islam “a very evil and wicked religion.” Last year, he was disinvited from a National Prayer Breakfast event at the Pentagon after his Islam-bashing became an issue. (Sarah Palin quickly rushed to Graham’s rhetorical rescue, pronouncing his excommunication from this ecumenical breakfast a travesty.)

For his part, Graham was not at all apologetic about his attacks on Islam. Instead, he called the revoking of his invitation “a slap at all evangelical Christians.” He blamed the White House for orchestrating the move: “I don’t know if it’s exactly from President Obama. But I’m certain that some of the men around him are very much opposed to what we stand for and what we believe.” Graham added, “I just don’t understand why the president would be giving Islam a pass.” Could it be precisely because the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated Obama’s circles? Graham didn’t say so back then. Perhaps that was before he had discovered this plot.

David Corn is Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief. For more of his stories, click here. He’s also on Twitter and Facebook. Get David Corn’s RSS feed.

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  1. Just the other day I heard people saying that “Zionist Jews” were infiltrating all levels of our government, controlling the media and the like, and now we get this. Dumb and dumber, I got to say.

  2. How *DARE* Muslims (or Jews) infiltrate every level of our government!

    Everyone knows that’s the C Street Family’s job.

    (Look up “C Street Family”. Crazy RW Imperialists and thieves, hiding behind Jesus … who would probably find them a bunch of insufferable phony self-forgiving Pharisees.)

  3. Billy, now that you’re dead I presume you’ve acquired a clearer perspective on these issues than you had in life. Would you mind haunting your son till he stops spreading these crazy, destructive pronouncements?

  4. Just the usual Islamaphobic comments of the non-repentant Franky Graham. Remember, he has never offered any form of apology for the anti-Islamic comments he’s made in the past. So, we, as Muslims and people of conscious, should not be surprised by the words & sentiments he’s expressing publicly.

    Citing his invitation being rescinded as a “a slap at all evangelical Christians“, he FAILS to acknowledge the faith that other ministers of the Christian fail did NOT have their invitations rescinded! He doesn’t, at any time, acknowledge that there are members of the U.S. Armed Services who Muslims are fighting along side of non-Muslim service members who are also fighting for this country. At no time does he even acknowledge that things he’s stated in the past and things he continues to state are offensive to these U.S. Service members.

    Franky has no shame in his defamation game.

  5. You just can’t fix crazy. It’s sad really. I’m just so sick of the “all crazy, all the time”.

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