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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

American Stupidity

I've indicated that I'll be voting for Barack Obama for President. No, I don't think he's the best thing since sliced bread or anything, but his views are more in line with mine than John McCain's are.

But then, stuff happens that tend to solidify my support for Obama, in this case two e-mails from the same person who works in my building Friday afternoon. One was titled "American Stupidity?" and starts off:

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.
Pause a moment, reflect back.
These events are actual events from history.
They really happened!!!
Do you remember?
1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male extremist.


It continues on noting events from the Munich Olympics killings to the death of Daniel Pearl, all done by...you guessed it, "Muslim male extremists."
Then there's a pro-profiling rant, followed by:

According to The Book of Revelations (sic):
The Anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, he will destroy everything.


As Snopes notes, such a description is false on at least two levels. The Book of Revelation (singular) has no such description, and it could not be describing a Muslim man since The Book was written more than 400 YEARS BEFORE ISLAM!

And Now:
For the award winning Act of Stupidity Of all times the People of America want to elect, to the most Powerful position on the face of the Planet -- The Presidency of the United states of America .. A Male of Muslim descent who is the most extremely liberal Senator in Congress (in other words an extremist) and in his 40's.

Have the American People completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason ???
I'm sorry but I refuse to take a chance on the 'unknown' candidate Obama...
As the writer of the award winning story 'Forest Gump' so aptly put it,'Stupid Is As Stupid Does'


This combination of xenophobic fear-mongering, mixed with a bastardization of my Christian faith, really infuriated me. I became desperately desirous to provide a list of a dozen non-Muslims (James Earl Ray, Ted Bundy, the Columbine kids, Timothy McVeigh, et al) who either killed a major figure or committed multiple slayings in the last four decades, but I resisted. Instead, I wrote back: "Obama is not a Muslim". Then I quickly get a SECOND e-mail:

This one had the usual blather "proving" Obama was a Muslim (disputed by Snopes here, and "ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran. (Snopes addresses that here.)

I suppose the worse thing about this is the fact that the e-mailer considers herself a Christian. Her reason for voting for W. and for now supporting Sarah Palin has to do with their "Christian values". Well, in my lectionary for this past week, one reading was from Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments. Verse 16: "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." In an electronic age, one's neighbor is just about everyone.

Now, add to the mix the shocking revelation (chortle) that race actually matters to the American voter, and it's all mads me a little bit cranky, but also even more likely to vote for Obama than I was before.

So thanks, LJ. Your e-mails have brought me much clarity, but possibly not the conclusion you sought. Oh, and please stop spreading lies.

ROG

1 comment:

Scott said...

Is it considered ironic that someone would send emails like that to you and also quote "Stupid is as stupid does"?

I am amazed at the amount of people out there that forget and/or don't want to believe that Obama is Christian. And more importantly that the First Amendment also allows for freedom of religion, not freedom of different sects of Christian religion.