The Rev. Franklin Graham blamed President Obama on Friday for Islamic State’s murderous rampage and massacre of Christians in Iraq.
“We have a mess on our hands, and the president, and his policies are responsible for this,” the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham told Fox News host Eric Bolling on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Graham said Obama’s upbringing has likely influenced him to remain silent on the atrocities against Christians around the world.
“As a youth, his influence was Islam,” Graham said. “Growing up, his impressions as a young man came from Islam, not the Christian faith.”
The removal of American troops from Iraq has accelerated the chaos in that area of the world, Graham said. Obama withdrew troops too soon, paving the way for Islamic State to take root.
Christians in Iraq are being butchered, and “the president has been doing virtually nothing,” he said, adding that he appreciates the airstrikes, but believes America may have to return ground troops to Iraq to defeat Islamic State, “I don’t think the airstrikes are enough. ISIS is growing.”
The evangelist was also critical of Obama’s untimely decision to use speeches at the National Prayer Breakfast and during Easter to call out Christians for past atrocities. Graham turned the tables back on Obama, repeating that he is doing nothing to help persecuted Christians, “being slaughtered” because of their faith.
“My question to the president and his administration: What are you going to do?” he said. “You going to say you didn’t know? You do know!”
Graham also slammed Obama’s immigration policy, saying radical Muslims should not be allowed to immigrate to the United States.
If America continues to import potentially radical Muslims, “sooner or later, we are going to see a major terror attack,” Graham warned, saying recent attacks in Kenya, “could happen in this country.”