- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Christian radio host, Bryan Fischer, said Pope Francis shouldn’t have allowed Muslim prayers to come from the Vatican because it was akin to sacrilege — they were praying to a “demon god,” he said.

His comments focused on the pope’s historic outreach to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas with an invitation to pray and speak for peace at the Vatican.

“When Muslims pray, they are praying to a god that they refer to as Allah, who we know from the Scriptures is not the true and living God, but is a demon god,” Mr. Fisher said in statements posted on Right Wing Watch. “Remember, not every being that occupies the unseen world, the spiritual world, is a good guy, is a good spirit.”

Mr. Fisher said interfaith gatherings — specifically those that join Christians with Muslims — should be regarded with alarm, Raw Story reported.

“No Christian, in space over which he has authority, should ever willingly allow another spiritual leader to invite the presence of demons into his sanctuary,” he said, Raw Story reported. “This is for the simple reason that if they are invited, they will come. Thus any clergyman, whether an evangelical pastor or the pope himself, compromises the spiritual integrity of his sanctuary through an interfaith prayer service with Muslims.”