Steven Waldman has some interesting thoughts on Why we should keep Franklin Graham out of Iraq:

In fact, religious liberty does not trump all concerns. Among the concerns it does not trump is the safety of our soldiers and the desire not to have the entire Muslim world wanting to wage war against America. And make no mistake: Franklin Graham’s mission to Iraq will help convince the Arab world that America is out to convert Muslims to Christianity. What Graham is doing probably isn’t illegal; it’s merely immoral.

I disagree. Yes, I think this would be hurtful to our short-term foreign policy interests while simultaneously unlikely to gain any converts to Christianity. Why it is immoral, however, I do not understand.

I do agree with Waldman that this incident, about which I had not previously read, is outrageous.

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