Are we really a nation of absolute ignorance?

Today someone posted a bulletin that got me shaking with anger. I don’t care how anyone votes; your opinions are your own. This nation of ours allows us the freedom to make those choices and not have to answer to anyone else — even if our preferences are based on flawed reasoning.


However, when your flawed reasoning is based on out-right bigotry, racism, and religious misinformation, and you choose to flaunt such ignorance, I cannot sit back idly.


Now, I realize that a lot of people I grew up with have a different mentality than I do. Namely, we differ when it comes to religious beliefs. Many of you grew up in a household that taught you to fear God, His wrath, and all things outside of what was dogmatically told to you. I, instead, was brought up in a house that said God is nice and all, but we need to think for ourselves instead of just accepting what we’re told as blind truths.


For instance, many with Southern Baptist roots will out-right tell me that gay people are evil and provide verses to back up their assertions. I can attest with first-hand knowledge that this is untrue. In this particular instance, I cannot accept word that tells me one thing when I witness the opposite. Sure, just like the general population, there are some gay people who are crappy human beings. But in the realm of that whole “love thy neighbor” thing and “do under others” statement, gay people have families, jobs, emotions, dreams, aspirations, and friends just like all of us. Accept it. Your bigotry is wrong.


In this bulletin, the author stated his or her fears about Barack Obama. He or she cited that because the bible warns that ‘A man will come from the East that will be charismatic in nature and have proposed solutions for all our problems and his rhetoric will attract many supporters,’ this is proof that Obama is the anti-Christ.


First, I cannot find this passage — complete or in parts — on any search engine to validate that it is indeed from the bible. If you send me the exact verse, I will be glad to amend this response to not include this point. Until then, this is pure Internet lore. In the days following 9/11, many eerie Nostradamus predictions were cited that ‘proved’ that he had predicted the events on that awful morning. However, upon further inspection into what was quickly being taken as truth, there were no such predictions.


Second, working off the assumption that this isn’t absolute malarkey, I must bring up the point that this statement is too vague. Should we have feared Kennedy in the 60s? After all, Massachusetts is to the east (and Honolulu, Obama’s birthplace, is to the west). Should we fear those who hail from Nacogdoches? In Texas, that’s certainly to the east. And what about those in Channelview? In Houston, that’s to the east. On and on and on. With generic statements, your proximity dictates your viewpoint. Merely saying that a likeable person from the east will prove to be the anti-Christ is too broad.


The bulletin continued by stating that because Obama was born a Muslim, there is no way he can objectively handle a war with Muslim nations without favoritism. I hate to break it to ya; all of those major religions say the same things. Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, or Muslim — including all sects therein (and including the 38,000 denominations of Christendom alone) — it all boils down to doing unto others as you wish to be treated.


Just as there are bigots in the Muslim nations who misinterpret their religious text to fit their hate-filled agenda (thereby justifying to themselves heinous acts such as 9/11), Christians have their fair share of jerks who hate gays, enslave and oppress women, and keep you from enjoying everyday pleasures out of the fear of going to hell. Simply put: no calling the kettle black and all that. All I’m saying is that jerks will be jerks, and they’ll use anything to justify their disgusting actions.


It’s these jerks who claim the religious title that give everyone else of that same title a bad name. The nutbags who protest the soldier’s funerals, shouting about how God hates soldiers, are clearly not true Christians. They are hate-spewing low-lifes who certainly do not live a life of love as they are commanded by the very text they use to justify their despicable actions. Christians should be shouting it from the rooftops that these people in no way represent their own peaceful, loving beliefs. Much like this example, the true Muslims feel the same way about the terrorists who have brought our troops to their country.


In the final part of the bulletin, there were several ‘facts’ given. Much like a freshman composition paper, you can cite ‘truths’ all you want. You can even string them together in a logical fashion. But just because a Labrador is a dog, not all dogs are Labradors.


Let’s take this point by point.

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHEIST from Wichita , Kansas.


When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.


Okay, so two parents are Muslim, and the other is an atheist. As I’ve established above, being Muslim does not mean that you are an evil, American-hating jag bag. Also do note that atheists are not fire-breathing or to be feared. Chances are, you know a couple. They just don’t say anything because it’s not acceptable in many parts of the US to have those beliefs, and they are persecuted unjustly.


Upon further reading outside of this bulletin, you will learn that according to the Washington Post, Obama’s father was atheist, his mother non-religious, and his stepfather “occasionally attend[ed] services at a mosque [in Indonesia].” Note the differences in this from what is written in the original post. As a critical reader, I am immediately wary when simple verifiable facts are addressed incorrectly.

When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school.


This point is immediately moot when you consider that children do not choose the schools that they attend. Having a stepfather who is ‘devoutly Muslim’, it would make sense that he would attend a school with those characteristics. Furthermore, living in Jakarta, a Muslim school very well could have been his only option. Indonesia is not necessarily like the US, where parents are given multiple schooling options for their children.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, ‘He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school.’


Obama considers himself “a Christian who came to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in his mid-20s.” He attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. He is not Muslim, so there’s nothing to conceal.


Because the quote given above is indeed not a quote from Obama (people do not speak in the third person), I cannot confirm its validity.

Obama’s political handlers are attempting to make it appear that that he is not a radical.


Please give an example of radical behavior from Obama. Without a citation, I cannot properly address this point. If there are no examples, it will suffice to say that they make it appear that he is not a radical because he indeed is not.

Obama’s introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son’s education.


Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta.


Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.


Again, I’ll repeat that the family information listed here is inaccurate. These are accessible facts that could have very easily been looked up, thereby lessening any journalistic integrity that the original author might have.


I have already addressed the point in the second paragraph: children lack choices and follow their parents’ guidance.


Wahabism is regarded as having a conservative interpretation of the Koran, and some of it sounds familiar. Namely, they are against society’s moral decline — much like the US’s Religious Right. Additionally, there is no link between Osama bin Laden and this particular sect of Islam; bin Laden’s sect is Qutbism.


And finally, Obama did not swear on the Koran when he was sworn into office. Please repeat my statement about journalistic integrity. This is another easily verifiable fact that the author overlooks.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches. Do you want someone like this as your PRESIDENT?


This is not true. Please play the video below if you feel that videographic evidence is needed.




In summation, I’d like to highlight that this is not an endorsement for Obama. Nowhere in this diatribe have I listed a single accomplishment. My main goal here is to point out that NOWHERE in the original posting is ANY point based on solid reason. Repeatedly, points are misconstrued or out-right misrepresented to bolster the author’s points. Writing based on these with a bit of ethos and pathos thrown in sounds genuine, but taking advantage of prejudice and ignorance creates a false call to action.


It is blind bigotry like this that creates hostile situations and an ignorant mob mentality. As Americans, we need to rise above it.


I encourage you all to think outside of what we merely accept as fact because that’s what we’ve always been told or because we read it in a heart-felt Internet posting from a loved one. Reject the notions that our religion is superior to another, and accept that we all really want the same things: to live our lives freely, safely, and without fear.


May your notion of God grant you serenity, but may the power of unbound thought set you free.


Respectfully,
Jo

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One response to “Are we really a nation of absolute ignorance?

  1. thecapedcrusader

    Good job. I was sent this bulletin as an e-mail forward. I just ended up deleting it, but I actually responded to a different Obama bashing bulletin on my blog (www.thecapedcrusader.wordpress.com.) Same basic principles–spreading half and even whole lies in order to create fear and sow hate. I think it’s disgusting and felt compelled to respond. Glad to see I’m not the only one who feels this way. Keep up the good work.

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