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ICC Note: In a recent interview, Reverend Franklin Graham criticized President Obama for being too “sympathetic to Islam,” citing his refusal to refer to ISIS as “Islamic.” He stated that this sympathy may lead to an increase in persecution against Christians and Jewish people within the borders of the United States. Though President Obama has repeatedly claimed that he is a Christian, a recent poll conducted as a part of the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study indicated that the public had doubts about his authenticity.

By Stoyan Zaimov

03/03/2015 United States (The Christian Post) – The Rev. Franklin Graham has warned in an interview that President Barack Obama is “very sympathetic to Islam” and that America’s foreign policy is influenced by Muslims. He added that this influence could lead to Christians and Jewish people being persecuted in the United States.

“There are Muslims that have access to him in the White House. Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now, from Muslims. We see the prime minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats and it’s because of the influence of Islam. They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming, I believe,” Graham told Gordon Robertson, host of CBN’s “The 700 Club” interactive program.

Graham further pointed out that Obama had a Muslim father, and that as a child the president went to school in Indonesia, which has the largest Islamic population in the world.

“So, growing up his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity, it was Islam,” the evangelist said.

Graham has criticized Obama’s foreign policy on a number of occasions, including the president’s refusal to call terror group ISIS “Islamic.”

“The truth is — their barbaric murderers openly said they killed them because they were ‘people of the cross.’ Why is the president seemingly continuing to protect Islam and refusing to open his eyes to the truth?” Graham asked when an initial statement by the White House in February failed to identify the 21 Copts beheaded by ISIS as Christians.

Obama has responded to conservative criticism by asserting that he does not identify ISIS as “Islamic” because he doesn’t want to give the terror group the legitimacy that it wants.

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