January 14, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
Variations of the following are being posted on boards and forums, including Craigslist and circulated using e-mails. Google shows 873,000 results for 'Obama' and 'Muslim'. Not all of these are repetitions of the smear, of course, and many or irrelevant or are refuting the smear. But the first five pages of results are almost entirely spreading this smear, indicating that a good percentage of those results might reflect this smear. 'Obama', 'stealth' and 'Muslim' yields over 50,000 results. 'Obama', 'ideologically' and 'muslim' yields over 40,000.
THIS is how information spreads "under the radar." Boards, forums, e-mails all trigger word-of-mouth. (I wonder how many church newsletters are repeating the original letter.) This is how "conventional wisdom" spreads. This is how Republicans win elections.
Essential facts ALL should know concerning Barack Obama
Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black Muslim from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white atheist from Wichita, Kansas. 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. When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a Muslim school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school.
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.”
Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary 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. Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Osama 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.
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 downplay his Muslim background.
Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential candidacy.
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The word unchastened seems apt here. Summoning religious bigotry to insinuate evil is beneath contempt. I wonder if this sort of thing is beginning to backfire on the right wing, not only because of efforts to confront it directly (as in this blog), but because the president and his filthy flank are fast losing any remaining trust and respect among Americans who have been appropriately chastened by their misplaced faith in the President and the Republican Party. The president himself seems to have gained a glimmer of awareness that a more humble stance is necessary (although he doesn't appreciate that words alone aren't enough), but the dirty characters whose support for the Republican party consists of rolling in and flinging mud have not yet gotten the message.
Posted by: Doctor X at January 14, 2007 12:44 PM
I'm taking care of this now re craigslist.
If anyone sees more, send the links to me.
Posted by: Craig Newmark at January 14, 2007 1:18 PM
Here's some more links to original news sources which seem to strongly indicate our Mr. Obama has NOT been forthright about his "humble" origins.
We can call it a reich-wing smear campaign all we want, but we'll only be howling at the Moon unless we come up with REAL, DOCUMENTED FACTS which irrefutably bely these points being made by Repugs. I'm starting to get nervous. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Obama might not be an unintentional participant in a Rovian plot that will blow up in our faces once we progressives start jumping on the bandwagon. This will have the obvious effect of undercutting any chances of getting a Democrat in the White House because we'll look like total idiots so quickly defending and embracing this guy when with a little digging his real history is already out in the public domain.
Posted by: libmeister at January 16, 2007 8:07 PM
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