The son of Rev. Billy Graham said that the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College is proof that Christians are being persecuted in America.
The Rev. Franklin Graham, in a video posted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, called for prayers for prayers for the Roseburg, Oregon community and for all Christians.
His Facebook page went further stating that the persecution "isn't just in Iran or the Middle East":
"Persecution and targeting of Christians isn't just in Iran or the Middle East, it's right here in America. The bold souls at Umpqua Community College who stood up to say they were followers of Jesus Christ were heinously gunned down with no mercy. Jesus said, ‘If they hate you, remember they hated me before they hated you.’ (John 15:18)"
Graham said his family's organization has sent chaplains to the community to assist in the healing.