Unless your TV has been irreparably damaged for the past 5 years and you have had no access to the internet (how are you reading this?) you will certainly be aware of the shift taking place in our nation where the people at large pander to the sentiments of an increasingly sensitive Muslim minority. Some Muslim organizations (certainly not all but probably the most prominent) have gained a voice in the media which has instilled fear in various groups prohibiting them from speaking their mind about Islam. A detailed must-read article is David Wood's post from earlier today, tracing the recent trends of this phenomenon. In short, hundreds of innocents have lost their lives at the hands of belligerent Muslims because of free speech; yet, instead of defending our rights and pursuing the criminals, our society has tended towards conceding our rights to placate the criminals. This has shown the perpetrators they have a deathgrip over the first amendment through fear and intimidation, and they continue to use these tactics to actualize their ends.
With this background in mind, it should be no shock that simply speaking the truth about Islam is enough to ban the government from inviting you to their events. Rev. Franklin Graham had been invited to speak to the Pentagon on this year's National Day of Prayer. This invitation has recently been rescinded because of what Graham has said about Islam.
According to Reuters, Rev. Graham has said "true Islam" is too violent to be practiced in the United States. "You can't beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they've committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries... I don't agree with the teachings of Islam and I find it to be a very violent religion."
Col. Tom Collins, an Army spokesperson, provided an official reaction: "Once the Army leadership became aware that Reverand Graham was speaking at this event, we immediately recognized it as problematic... The bottom line here is that his presence would be inappropriate. His past statements are not consistent with the multi-faith emphasis and inclusiveness of this event."
"Inclusiveness" is valued more than truthfulness; "multi-faith awareness" is more important than an awareness of an imminent threat. When will this country realize it is sacrificing free speech on the altar of placating the overly-offended? The truths they stop us from speaking are truths which we need to hear to be awakened from our self-endangering slumber. This cycle needs to end.