October 6, 2015
By Bill Hoffmann
Rev. Franklin Graham, the influential son of beloved evangelist Billy Graham, told Newsmax TV the pounding Russian air force strikes in Syria may end up saving countless numbers of persecuted Christians.
“What Russia is doing may save the lives of Christians in the Middle East,” Graham, president and CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said Wednesday, September 30, to J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on “Newsmax Prime.”
“You understand that the Syrian government for their good and for their bad over the history of this country, they have protected Christians, they have protected minorities from the Islamists.”
The strikes were carried out in rebel-controlled areas of Homs and Hama provinces of Syria, where a civil war has raged on for four years, with armed dissidents are trying to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
“If the government of Syria and its institutions were to fail, there would be a bloodbath of Christians,” Graham said.
“There were would be tens and tens of thousands of Christians murdered and slaughtered and on top of that you would have hundreds of thousands of more refugees pouring into Europe.
“So Russia right now, I see their presence as helping to save the lives of Christians.”