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    G2geek, ParkRanger

    At least one, maybe two, computer crashes ago.

    However, there are still some quote links out there that I would use to help shame the "Christian" forwarders in my family if they had not dropped me from their e-mail groups long since.

    Spreading gossip or rumor is another way. Exodus 23:1 says, "Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness." We need to be careful not to spread gossip or rumors about people, whether in the office or workplace, or over the telephone or the internet. The internet and email are especially susceptible to spreading rumors and urban legends quickly and with little accountability. Check your facts before you forward that story to those one hundred people in your contact list, who will pass it on to one hundred others and so on. And if you find out that you passed on false information, at least make sure that you forward the corrected information to the same group of people.

    Christians must learn this lesson from these trilogy of rumor-mongering: as we are to be Bereans (Acts 17:10-11) when we study what our pastors and theologians are teaching, so too we are to be Bereans whenever we read, hear or see supposedly un-Christian or anti-Christian companies and personalities. One of the things I find very annoying is receiving forwarded untrue and unverified emails, rumors and urban legends, a violation of the Ninth Commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"

    And even the Baptist Standard

    According to conservative columnist Cal Thomas, the quote is real but Al Gore did not say it—then-President George H.W. Bush did, 20 years ago.

    "Bush said it in my presence at a religious broadcasters convention about 1990," Thomas told Urban Legends. "And I wrote about it in my book, Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? But somehow it got twisted around and stuck on the Internet and put in Al Gore’s mouth. He (Gore) has got a lot of stuff that he has to defend, but that’s not one of them.’" ....

    Many of those e-mails seemed marketed directly to fearful Christians. One frequently forwarded message—also debunked by Snopes—identifies Barack Obama as the son of a black Muslim from Kenya and a white atheist from Kansas....

    Of course, rumors can be used to enhance a reputation as well. One e-mail hoax in recent years that received wide circulation was that President George W. Bush, at a thank-you dinner for campaign workers after the 2000 election, took time out of his duties to share the gospel with the son of a volunteer......

    Some Christians are so willing to believe rumors that reflect well on their heroes and poorly on their opponents that they abandon even a modest concern for the veracity of the rumors. Yet the Bible clearly prohibits "bearing false witness" and spreading rumors and gossip. Perhaps Christians who spread such rumors think they serve a greater purpose, as if the end justifies the means, some ethicists speculate.....

    Handy stuff to have around when responding to such messages from certain quarters.

    "I want to apologize for that misconstrued misconstruction." Rep Joe Barton

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 06:49:25 PM PDT

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    •  Excellent. I'll work these into something I can (1+ / 0-)
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      say casually.  I look like a friendly person (and I am) and what happens is someone starts talking to me at the laundromat, library or whatever.  I want something I can be calm and factual about -- and short.  Your statement about bearing false witness was good and I'm going to use that -- along with facts.

      I'm very liberal spiritually and only believe in God (Love).  To me the devil is a concept that was invented to get people into church.  I belonged to churches that believed in the devil when I was younger and have read the bible through a couple of times, but I'm certainly not conversant in right wing bible speak nor do I want to be.

      This is great though.  I can work your info into something that I can say and mean.

      I don't get any of the forwarded emails, especially about Obama.  I've replied "to all" with snopes or whatever debunking I could find so I'm off their lists!! :)

      Thank you so much!

      Dear Father, hear and bless the beings of the sea and singing birds; and guard with tenderness small things that have no words. ~A child's prayer

      by ParkRanger on Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 07:24:04 AM PDT

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