Footnotes of an America United

And there were these footnotes to America's war on terror.  

As we showed you earlier in the broadcast, President Bush hosted some Muslim leaders at the White House for a dinner in celebration of Ramadan.  

But the minister who led the nation in prayer at the president's inauguration recently criticized Islam.  The Charlotte Observer reports that in an interview last month, Reverend Franklin Graham described Islam as "a very evil and wicked religion."  

The comments were reported again on NBC's Nightly News last week, and Graham went on camera to say that he doesn't believe Islam is a peaceful religion.  

"When you read the Koran, and you read the verses from the Koran, it instructs the killing of the infidel for those that are non-Muslim,"  He went on to say that, "It wasn't Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn't Lutherans.  It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith." 

Graham, the son of the Reverend Billy Graham, and the heir-apparent to his father's ministry, released a statement Sunday saying that while it's not his calling to analyze Islam or any other religion, he has expressed concerns over the years about the teachings of Islam, with regard to the treatment of women and the killing of non-Muslims.  

He pointed out also that his ministry's charitable organization, Samaritan's Purse, has provided tens of millions of dollars in relief and aid to Muslims in such places as Kosovo, Bosnia, Sudan and Afghanistan.  Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, has requested a meeting with Graham to "offer you information about Islam's stance on the rights of women and minorities."  

Former Vice President Al Gore is entering the corporate world.  He has accepted a job as vice president of Metropolitan West Financial.  

The company is based in Los Angeles, and Gore will continue his career as a college professor, teaching at UCLA and two universities in Tennessee.  The former Democratic presidential candidate says he's "eager to learn more about business."  The company says his duties will include developing strategies in biotechnology and information technology.