The Rev. Franklin Graham Wednesday ripped President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton in light of the deadly Istanbul attacks while facetiously calling Islam "a peaceful religion."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of the attack at the Istanbul airport that killed 41 people and injured 239," Graham said on Facebook. "It looks as though the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq are behind it, according to news sources.
"Seems to be more evidence of a peaceful religion."
Graham is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan's Purse Global Charity.
Tuesday's attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport by three suicide bombers killed 41 people and injured 239 others.
The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings this year in Turkey, part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State and struggling to contain spillover from neighboring Syria's war.
In bashing Obama and Clinton, Graham said that he agreed with Wyoming Sen. John Barasso, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"President Obama needs to call this what it is and not what he wishes it would be," he said. "President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, you have denied the truth about Islam for too long — and it is not only costing the lives of Americans both at home and abroad, but also the lives of our allies."
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