Half of US Protestant ministers agree with Franklin Graham

This week, the Pentagon dumped Franklin Graham from a May 6 National Day of Prayer event for insulting Muslims. Graham has called Islam a dangerous and evil religion.

Many of Graham’s fellow preachers agree.

That’s according to a new poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The poll, conducted by Zogby, surveyed polled 1,000 Protestant ministers in early March. They were read a negative statement from Graham about Islam, followed by statement from former President George W. Bush saying Islam is a religion of peace and charity.

Forty-seven percent agreed with Graham. Twelve percent agreed with both. About a quarter of pastors agreed with Bush alone.

“This means a majority of Protestant pastors chose statements that agree with Franklin Graham’s statement,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research.

The Tennessean, 23 April 2010