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We all know that it's an article of faith among wingnuts that President Obama is a radical Kenyan Mooslim.  Well, fundie talk show host and homeschooling maven Kevin Swanson has taken this lunacy to its logical conclusion.  On the Thursday edition of his Internet radio show, Generations Radio, Swanson actually suggested that 9-11 was orchestrated as part of a massive conspiracy to put a Muslim in the White House.  

Swanson had as his guest Les Riley, the leader of the failed effort to write a personhood amendment into Mississippi's constitution.  He claimed that the fact we elected a Muslim as president was evidence this nation didn't turn back to God after 9-11.  People for the American Way managed to get a clip.

Swanson: On Sunday I was preaching from Isaiah Chapter 9 and 10 when people are warned not to embrace those nations that are striking them and I got to thinking about 9/11, remember 9/11, which is probably the most devastating thing which has happened since the War of 1812 at least in terms of an invasion upon our land. God has preserved us for many hundreds of years; we’ve had relative security and peace in this nation for a long time, so 9/11 shows up. These Muslims come in and kill our people so we elect a Muslim as President of the United States. Maybe not a pure Muslim but at least a man who has been very well indoctrinated, rooted, grounded and founded in Muslim theology and he is certainly more sympathetic to the Muslim religion than any other President we’ve ever had in the history of the nation. Five years after the Muslims came in and killed our people! There’s something odd about this, what’s going on here? We see the Muslims killing our people and so we elect a Muslim. Seems to me like we’re not turning back to the true and living God here, are we?

Riley: No, we’re not.

Listen to the whole thing here.  The screed starts at the 4:05 mark.

Un. Freaking. Believable.  I'm used to hearing half-baked stuff from fundies, but this has got to be one of the most unhinged things I've ever heard.  For anyone to even suggest that our president was part of a conspiracy with al-Qaeda is off-the-charts crazy.

I did a little digging this weekend, and found out Swanson doubles as the pastor of Reformation Church in Castle Rock, Colorado.  That church is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a conservative Presbyterian denomination that broke off from the Presbyterian Church in the USA (forerunner to the current Presbyterian Church USA) in 1936.  Hmmm--do Reformation Chruch's elders and deacons, or the Presbytery of the Dakotas (of which Reformation Church is a member) find this acceptable?  I would hope not--some cursory research indicates that the OPC, unlike the Presbyterian Church in America (the other major conservative Presbyterian denomination), doesn't engage in right-wing political hankering even though it is as conservative theologically as the PCA.  Their contact information is after the jump.

Regardless of what one thinks of Obama, peddling this sort of conspiracy theory is unacceptable.  Period, full stop.  And it would be equally unacceptable if a pastor somehow suggested Bush and Cheney were behind 9-11.  This sort of crap has no place in civilized discourse, no matter whose side you're on.

Swanson appears to be one of the more popular religious right talk show hosts, especially among the homeschooling crowd.  But unless you read Right Wing Watch a lot, you probably haven't heard of him.  All the more reason that he needs to be called out.  Drop him an email at kevin at generationswithvision dot com, or flood Generations With Vision's Facebook page.

You can also drop the session of Reformation Church a line at elders at reformationchurch dot com, and contact the church's deacons at deacons at reformationchurch dot com.  You can also notify the stated clerk, Archibald Allison, at allison1 at opc dot org.  I know, I know--a lot of you think it may be fruitless.  But it's important to force them onto the record if nothing else.

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  •  The guy can't even count and people count on him? (4+ / 0-)
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    jennyp, MaikeH, SuWho, Ginny in CO
    Five years after the Muslims came in and killed our people! There’s something odd about this, what’s going on here? We see the Muslims killing our people and so we elect a Muslim.

    So Obama was elected president in 2006?  Did they do that retroactively?

    "Democracy is only real if we all participate" -- Bea Bookler, 94 year-old voter disenfranchised by Voter-ID

    by 8ackgr0und N015e on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 07:29:57 AM PDT

    •  Maybe they have a reformed, orthodox calendar? (0+ / 0-)

      Probably has movable dates, and comes with a clock which resets itself on divine intervention (blowing wind).

      Castle Rock is south of Metro Denver (28 mi), north of CO Springs (37).  

      Median income for a household in the town was $86,777, and the median income for a family was $97,599 in 2009.

       2010 census, there were 48,231 people, 16,688 households, 65.4% were married couples living together, with a total of 12,974 families residing in a town with 17,626 housing units. The racial makeup of the town was 90.7% White. About 3.6% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

      A mini mansion town should come to mind.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 01:22:52 PM PDT

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  •  Conspiracy Theorists against Black Presidents (3+ / 0-)
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    because THE SKY IS FALLING!

    Fuck these paranoid psychopaths.


    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 07:30:11 AM PDT

  •  This guy has a serious issue with history and math (3+ / 0-)
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    MaikeH, SuWho, Ginny in CO

    He seems to have forgotten about Pearl Habor. Or maybe that didn't count because everybody knows Hawaii isn't really America.

    Many hundreds of years? The country is only 236 years old, if we want to start counting from 1776. I don't know how 236 years can be called "many hundreds".

    5 years after 9/11 we elected Obama? Is this many aware that 9/11 happened in 2001? Or is he really convinced that it happened in 2003? You know, when the United States decided to unilaterally invade a Muslim country and kill its people.

  •  What the hell? Seriously? (2+ / 0-)
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    cuphalffull, SuWho

    so let me get this straight. The Shrubya Administration, purposefully dropped the massive national security ball, and allowed thousands to die needlessly so that Obama could get into office?

    Because it couldn't possibly be that McCain threw the election by picking Palin as a VP running mate. It couldn't possibly be her foul disposition, or her idiotic behavior, or the fact that McCain flip flopped to a brand of conservatism that flies in the face of anything rational, and starting kissing the Dominionist Ass to try and prostitute his personal values for votes.

    Nope, it was all a conspiracy!

    It couldn't possibly that there are term limits even for a Cheater like shrub, and that he drove this country so far into the ground, so fast, that many people shuddered at the thought of another Republican in office.

    No that can't be it.

    It was all a massive, complicated 8 year plan, complete with fake wars--and a HHS run by the Masons! or Muslims or whomever the conspiracy du jour of the hour is, on this particular Sunday.

  •  Um, you write... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO

    ..."Swanson appears to be one of the more popular religious right talk show hosts, especially among the homeschooling crowd."

    Careful with the guilt-by-association stuff.  As a progressive atheist homeschooler who knows that one of the great figures in homeschooling was the progressive educator John Holt, I find the use of "homeschooler" as shorthand for "fundamentalist idiot asshole" pretty offensive.

    Not as offensive as this guy, of course.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 08:13:00 AM PDT

  •  His "logic" is unimpeachable! (0+ / 0-)

    After all, isn't the most natural outcome of a coordinated attack by an enemy make that enemy so loved that the attacked party welcomes them with open arms? Think back to Pearl Harbor... of course we elected Hirohito as our new president out of gratitude for the slaughter of our servicemen. Think about all the post-WWII elections of German and Italian leaders across Europe! I mean, really, when you think about all of the ways that Americans showed openness and love towards the Islamic world after 9/11, maybe this guy's onto something.

    I'm sorry, that last sentence had an extra word. It should have read "maybe this guy's on something."

    "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

    by newinfluence on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 08:54:45 AM PDT

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