Thursday, January 10, 2008

Smearing Barack Obama

Apparently, some crazy chain emails are being forwarded around the internet that make some crazy false claims about U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama that play on religious fears of Islam. I've copied the text of one of these smear emails below and emphasized the outrageous claims.
Who is Barack Obama?

Very interesting and something that should be considered in your choice.

If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward this to all your contacts... this is very scary to think of what lies ahead of us here in our own United States... better heed this and pray about it and share it.

We checked this out on "". It is factual. Check for yourself.

Who is 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. Hi s father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia. When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocate 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 that he is not a radical.

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. 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. 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. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected 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!!!!

Please forward to everyone you know.. Would you want this man leading our country?...... NOT ME!!!
What a crock. If you do go to (a site devoted to debunking urban legends) as the email urges you to do, you will find a page specifically devoted to debunking this very email. Most noteably, Senator Obama of Illinois was not sworn in on the Koran--that was recently-elected Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a defense attorney who became the first Muslim member of the U.S. Congress.

Fortunately, I don't know anyone silly enough to believe such an email. It is a forwarded chain email after all--don't I get 1,000,000 of those a day that go straight to my spam folder? At any rate, thought it was interesting.

Hat tip: Bible Belt Blogger


Charity said...

Sadly, I know lots of people who would believe this email. During the 2000/4 election a somewhat similar email circulated about presidential candidate Al Gore/John Kerry that tried to place doubt on Gore's/Kerry's spiritual background. Apparently Gore/Kerry misquoted John 3:16 as John 16:3. While John 3:16 referenced for "God so loved the world ...", the email stated that John 16:3 stated "They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me."
Thus, exposing the 'christian' candidate as a fraud. (See email here

According to, this email is also completely false, but references that perhaps George H.W. Bush made this misquote in a speech (however, that statement may also be an urban legend).

I must admit that at one point, I actually believed the email about Al Gore (yes, I admit it, I voted for Bush in 2000). But in my defense, I believed the email because I wanted another excuse NOT to vote for Gore, I still wouldn't have voted for Gore even if I had been told that the email was false. Also at that time, I still trusted all emails, because the emails were sent by my trusted friends. Of course, many of those emails are now safely tucked away in my spam folder.

But I know many people who still trust those emails (family members, former church members, post-man) and will try to use the emails as justification for their own racism. Sometimes I wish that people would just think before speaking and learn that they can't trust everything they read online.

Anonymous said...

Am I in the twightlight zone!! Are there any other Illinois residents out there that saw Obama swear on the Koran? I DID. I wasn't the only one. The news was buzzing in Illinois when it happened. No one knew his background until the day he was sworn in when he refused the bible and stood there smiling with his face on the Koran. I saw live footage and photographs. It's freaking real people!!!!

Joe Moderate said...

??? What are you talking about, Anonymous?

Are there any newspaper headlines, photos, or videos you have of this?

Anonymous said...

It is amazing that people will SEE what they want to see even when there is proof otherwise. Keith Ellison was sworn in using a Koran, and it made a HUGE media swarm. Radio Stations were talking about it, newspaper articles were written about it, and he was a freshman representative from Michigan and NOT running for President. Being Muslim shouldn't matter, but it obviously does. If it matters so much to these people, then they owe it to themselves to really get the truth. He is not a Muslim and is not conspiring to destroy America.