I've been away for awhile. Though I've been keeping up with politics, other things in life have needed more attention. Now, it's different.
I received an e-mail today from my aunt in Virginia. It was a forward...which I hate!...but it was a political nature, so I was curious. You may have seen it before. It's called "Who is Barack Obama?" As soon as I read it, my head exploded.
I have researched a bit concerning the hogwash contained in this e-mail but could use your help in preparing a response. I have the e-mail addresses of everyone on the forward list and I am determined to politely, but firmly let them know that they are spreading lies. I'll post the e-mail I am preparing. The italic type is the original message. The smaller bold type is my response.
Please help me out with info and fact checking. It would be very much appreciated, but remember, these are religious people and would be offended (and would, therefore, delete without reading) by any obsenity.
It's always amazing to me that when the Republican party can't think of a constructive way to get elected, they resort to using lies to attack their opponents. Below, I have done a little research myself. You can, too, if you search for reputable sources on the internet. You'll find the facts about "Who is Barack Obama?" Personally, I think we only need to think of the person who constructed these falsehoods as the "wolf in sheep's clothing." Shame on this person for sending this e-mail to all you good people with the full knowledge that it was untrue. Did anyone on this list actually research this before they forwarded it? Read below if you're not afraid to find out what the facts really are.
Who is Barack Obama?
"All Rightie Then," just in case you're interested..... We need to be very careful in selecting who is going to lead us. This following reminds me of a scripture in the Holy Bible where it cautions us to beware of "wolves in sheep's clothing."
Who is Barack Obama?
U.S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma -Koge l, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from Wichita ,Kansas.
Fact: Yes, Obama was named after his father, who grew up a sheep herder in Kenya. "Hussein" is a family name, like Thomas or Barbara, Smith or Jones. Here's the history of Barack Obama's family. His paternal grandfather was a domestic servant to the British. His mother's parents were, in fact, from Kansas. Obama's maternal grandfather joined Patton's army the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. His grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line during WWII.
Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. 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.
Fact: Obama's parents did divorce when he was two years old. His father did return to his home in Kenya after studying and receiving his PhD from Harvard University. His step father, Lolo Soetoro worked for the Indonesian government and, later a US oil company before he and Obama's mother divorced.
When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in Catholic school.
Fact: Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971. The "Muslim" school he attended was a public school much like public schools in the US. CNN already debunked the myth that this school taught Muslim principles.
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."
Fact: Obama was never raised as a Muslim. His mother was not raised in a religious home and did not want her son educated in a school that taught radical religious beliefs. In his twenties, he worked with local churches as a community organizer. He was baptized in the Trinity Union Church of Christ.
Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that Obama's introduct ion to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temp orary 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.
Fact: Obama was never raised as a Muslim. We already covered that.
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.
Fact: Again, CNN has already proven this a lie. Obama attended the Basuki school in Jakarta, "a public school with no particular religious agenda", attended by students of numerous ethnic backgrounds. Wahabism has it's origins in Saudi Arabia, ally to the US government's Bush Administration. Wahaba scholars hotly dispute any ties between their sect and Osama bin Laden.
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 down-play his Muslim background.
Fact: Which Christian tenet says it's okay to lie repeatedly about someone in order to gain political favor?
Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's presidential candidacy. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States, one of their own!!
ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office - he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Kuran (Their equivalent to our Bible, but very different beliefs). HE ALSO WONT SALUTE THE FLAG, OR PLEDGE ALLEGANCE TO IT
Fact: This is just absolute hogwash. If you'll read parts of one of Obama's speeches below, you'll learn that yourself. Incidentally, Keith Ellison, a representative from the state of Minnesota is the only government official to be sworn into office with the Koran, instead of a Bible. Note to whoever wrote this: If you're going to slander someone, at least get the spelling of "Koran" right.
Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading our country?....
I would! I really hadn't made up my mind who to support in this election. The small-minded dribble in this e-mail convinced me that people like the one who wrote this are the people we need to worry about. They are the ones who are tearing our country apart from the inside out. And it's all for the love of money and power.
Have you listened to Barack Obama? I can't think of a message more full of hope and promise for the future than the one I've included below. It certainly doesn't sound like anything I've heard from a Republican candidate lately. And yes, I have listened. It's the only way to make an intelligent choice.
Here's what he has to say:
"We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America. In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope? Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope. In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; a belief in things not seen; a belief that there are better days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe that we have the righteous wind at our backs, and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us."
The facts shall set you free. Don’t vote in the dark.