The interview took place on CBS's "The Early Show" on the Thursday morning after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Jane Clayson conducted the interview with Anne Graham Lotz, a daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham.
According to the transcript of the broadcast, Clayson asked, "I've heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God let this happen? To that, you say?"
Lotz replied, "I say God is also angry when He sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God & said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace.
And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national & political life, our public life, removing His hand of blessing & protection.
We need to turn to God first of all & say, God, we're sorry we have treated you this way & we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you.
We have ‘In God we trust’ on our coins, we need to practice it." (truthorfiction.com)
God said: “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Ch 7:14 ASV)