If the American Family Association hasn't already gone off the deep end, it definitely did over the weekend. On Sunday, Buster Wilson, the general manager of the AFA's in-house radio network, American Family Radio, tweeted a picture purporting to be of President Obama's student ID from Columbia.
PLEASE NOTICE that "Barry's" Columbia University Student card shows him listed as a "FOREIGN STUDENT"! twitter.com/busterwilson/s…— busterwilson (@busterwilson) July 9, 2012
The picture is supposedly an ID for "Barry Soetoro," and lists him as a "foreign student." Wilson also posted about it to his blog.
The problem? It's a new twist on an old hoax--one that was comprehensively debunked by Snopes back in February. And it's not even a very good hoax either. The supposed ID contains a barcode that wasn't even in use when Obama was an undergrad at Columbia from 1981 to 1983.
Wilson is already a card-carrying birther--not long after Obama released his birth certificate, he immediately pronounced it a fake.
This isn't just some random talk radio wingnut. This is one of the most prominent religious right talk show hosts in the nation. Even by the standards of a network whose most prominent host is AIDS denier and tax protester Bryan Fischer, this is staggering.
It's official, folks--the AFA isn't just a hate group (according to the SPLC). It has become a fountainhead of conspiracy theory.