The Army confirms it is considering rescinding Pentagon Franklin Graham's invitation to speak at a National Day of Prayer event over past comments the evangelist made about Muslims.
Col. Tom Collins told the Associated Press officials are meeting Wednesday and that withdrawing the invitation is "on the table."
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said they object to Graham's invitation because it would "endanger American troops by stirring up Muslim extremists."
President Mikey Weinstein told the Associated Press he was concerned about comments the evangelist made about Islam being "evil."
It "would be like bringing someone in one national prayer day madly denigrating Christianity," Weinstein told the AP.
Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, was invited to deliver a speech on May 6th, the National Day of Prayer. His spokesman said Graham stands by his comments about Islam and will speak at the Pentagon only if he's still invited.
Spokesman Mark DeMoss quoted Graham as saying, "As the father of a son serving in his fourth combat tour, I'd be glad to know someone was leading a prayer service at the National Day of Prayer, or any other day."
But Weinstein's group also has a problem with the Pentagon's relationship with the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
The group organizes Christian events for the prayer day - a day designated by an act of Congress.
Last week, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it amounts to a call for religious action.
Earlier this year, the Air Force generated outrage among Christians after they banned Family Research Council President Tony Perkins from speaking. Perkins had been invited to deliver an address at Andrews Air Force Base. The invitation was rescinded because of his position on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."