The Rev. Franklin Graham Saturday slammed the "ironically named" Military Religious Freedom Foundation for opposing the U.S. Air Force Academy's football team praying on the field before a championship game last week in California.
"The Air Force Academy now says that it will conduct an inquiry into the situation," Graham said on Facebook.
"I call this a foul!"
Graham heads both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan's Purse global charity. He is the son of the famed evangelist Billy Graham. The foundation, based in Albuquerque, N.M., was founded in 2005 by Michael Weinstein. He is a 1977 honor graduate of the Air Force Academy and an Air Force veteran who has worked in the Reagan White House.
After seeing nearly all of the members of the Air Force Academy Falcons pray before a game last Saturday against the San Diego State Aztecs, Michael Weinstein
, president and founder of the group, called the action "a scandalous outrage."
The Falcons were edged out by the Aztecs, 27-24, in a Mountain West Conference Championship game at Qualcomm Stadium, NBC-7 TV
in San Diego reports
They have prayed before games many times. "It’s a disgrace," Weinstein said, according to the report. "It’s a putrid example of fundamentalist Christian supremacy, triumphalism and exceptionalism and it has to stop.
"Those individuals that are dressed in the Air Force uniform; that’s their uniform of the day," he added. "They’re members of the military and they are under different rules than the civilian counterparts they're playing on the field."
The Air Force Academy has begun an investigation.
"Since when is voluntary prayer scandalous or putrid?" Graham asked on Facebook. "Join me in praying that the religious freedoms of these young men will not be taken away as a result of one bitter person bent on removing God and His Son Jesus Christ from everything in this country," he added.
"America owes its blessings to Almighty God — and our Founding Fathers knew that."
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