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Pentagon Eliminates Top Christian Speakers

Pentagon Eliminates Top Christian Speakers

Lawmaker Calls for Hearings into Pentagon's 'Politically Correct' Decisions to 'Disinvite' Conservative Christian Leaders

A conservative Republican congressman from Georgia is calling for congressional hearings to investigate actions by the U.S. military in recent weeks to cancel or rescind invitations that had been made to two prominent conservative Christian leaders -- Franklin Graham and Tony Perkins -- to speak at military prayer events.

"I think that we need to have some hearings on this because this seems to be something that the military is spending some energy on and we need to raise the visibility on it," Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) told

Last week, the Army "disinvited" Franklin Graham, the well-known son of the Rev. Billy Graham, to speak at the Pentagon on May 6 -- the National Day of Prayer -- after a military advocacy group objected that Graham had characterized Islam after the 9/11 attacks as "evil" and "wicked."

Kingston, a member of the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, pointed out that in February, the chaplain's office at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland had "disinvited" Family Research Council President Tony Perkins from attending and praying at a national prayer event held on base because Perkins' views differ from President Obama's desire to repeal the military policy on homosexuality.

Kingston called both actions "political correctness."

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