Hon. Dr. Robert M. GatesSecretary of Defense1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000Dear Secretary Gates,On behalf of a courageous community of United States military personnel and DoD employees of the Muslim faith at thePentagon who have contacted theMilitary Religious Freedom Foundation(MRFF) for help regarding the choice of Frank-lin Graham as the speaker for the Pentagon's May 6, 2010 National Day of Prayer event, MRFF hereby demands, for thereasons explained below, that the Pentagon Chaplains Oce immediately rescind its invitation to Mr. Graham and choosea more appropriate and inclusive speaker for this high prole event. (See attached request for MRFF assistance.)You may recall the outrage of the Muslim community, as well as members of other religious faiths, when Mr. Graham wasinvited to speak at the Pentagon in 2003 -- outrage prompted particularly by Mr. Graham's statements following the attacksof 9/11 in which he called the whole of the religion of Islam "evil" and "wicked." Mr. Graham has never retracted or apolo-gized for these statements, and, in fact, was still defending them as recently as December 2009 in an appearance on CNN.MRFF also strongly objects in the most fervent magnitude to the Constitutionally noxious aliation of the Pentagon'sNational Day of Prayer event with the National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDPTF). is illegal aliation violates the JointEthics Regulation (DoD 5500.7-R) regarding the strictly prohibited endorsement of a non-federal entity (Section 3-209),and DoD Instruction 5410.19, which, likewise, prohibits the providing of a selective benet or preferential treatment to anyorganization (Sections 6.7.1 and 6.7.2).By making it a regular practice to have the NDPTF's honorary chairman, who this year is Franklin Graham, as the desig-nated keynote speaker for the Pentagon's event, and by using the promotional materials supplied by the NDPTF, the Penta-gon Chaplains Oce has clearly turned the Pentagon's event into an ocial NDPTF event. No other interpretation isreasonable, rational, or possible.ere is, of course, no issue with the Pentagon Chaplains Oce hosting an NDP event. e outrageous issue, in the instantmatter, is the Pentagon's hosting of an event aliated with the NDPTF, a private organization headed by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson. e NDPTF has become the de facto "ocial" sponsor of theNational Day of Prayer, and, by its comprehensively exclusive restrictions and blatantly sectarian requirements, has made allNDPTF aliated events exclusively fundamentalist Christian in scope, message, and nature.To begin with, all NDPTF volunteers must subscribe to the following "Statement of Belief," a statement which universallyexcludes not only all non-Christians and non-religious, but, in point of fact, even many Christians themselves."I believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of e Living God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and theonly One by which I can obtain salvation and have an ongoing relationship with God. I believe in the deity of our Lord JesusChrist, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, the atoning work of his shed blood, his resurrection and ascension, hisintercession and his coming return to power and glory. I believe that those who follow Jesus are family and there should beunity among all who claim his name."
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