Editor’s note: My daughters are both very politically aware. My oldest daughter Sara sent this to me and it is presented here with only minor edits. She wrote this last week after the Iowa Caucuses. I am proud of you, Sara.
Last night, my sister called at 6:23 to tell me that the race was called for Barack Obama. I can’t imagine her joy, her relief, her satisfaction, because I’ve never been on the winning end of election day. She was pretty elated.
On the news B-Roll of different campaigns included Raj, my intern-boss when I was in Iowa working for Howard Dean. Raj was on his old street corner again, 8th and Grand, waving Obama: Hope signs. I was very happy to see him, even if it was only on the news.
My fiance’s mother called to say, “Go Huckabee!” Personally, I still think Romney wins the nomination, but what do I know about Republican politics? She tried to bait me, but I just let it roll off my back. Last night’s victory was too sweet to not relish it.
This morning, I found an email in my inbox: “WHO IS BARACK OBAMA?!?” If you’ve ever had an email account, I’m sure you’ve seen this one: Barack Obama is nothing but an Islamic Fascist who wants to declare Jihad against America the moment he takes the oath. Of course, it was from my fiance’s mother. So I’ve crafted my reply and sent it not only to her, but to every other person that the email had ever been sent to.
To everyone who has received this email:
I have sent this response to everyone who received the original email, to spread some truth. In the interest of full disclosure: My sister worked for Barack Obama in Iowa, and I personally plan to vote for Bill Richardson when my turn comes on February 5th. I don’t work for Barack Obama or his campaign. I just have a vested interest in politics being about truth and not about lies.
Here’s the truth: Barack Obama had a Muslim father. He had an atheist mother. And, by his own admission, he is a baptized Christian. The following quote is directly from an interview with Barack Obama that appeared in TIME Magazine on October 23, 2006.
“It was because of these newfound understandings—that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world that I knew and loved—that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ one day and be baptized.” — Barack Obama
How many of us had atheist parents? How many of us are of a different belief than our parents? Why should we judge a grown man based on the actions of his parents? Is the worst quality about Barack Obama his lineage? Someday if I ran for public office, would you immediately discount me because my father is a Methodist, my mother is a Unitarian, and I am neither?
To those who say that Obama is only a Christian to look good for the American public, well, I would turn you to the fifth chapter of his book, The Audacity of Hope. There he describes his parents and stepfather and their religious views, and describes his own spiritual awakening when he was in his 20′s. Even if you have no intention of ever voting for him, don’t you owe it to yourself as an American to read Obama’s own words, and make up your own mind rather than believing that “Because his father was Muslim, he must be a terrorist!” That’s just fear based thinking, and I’m sure it’s way beneath all of you.
To those who say that Obama does not place his hand over his heart or salute the flag, well, you’re right. On occasion, he doesn’t. There is some photographic evidence.
The allegations in that email that he turns his back and slumps are simply lies. Look at the picture for yourself. There he is, standing tall and proud. Here’s the photographic evidence of Obama placing his hand over his heart at an event:
There must be hundreds of similar occasions. I have no intention of defending him, just of giving you the information.
And, while we’re airing the truth, look at this picture:
wherein President George W. Bush does not have his heart covered with his hand during the national anthem. One can only imagine if he thought that is where his heart is. Is he any less patriotic? Is he any less fit to serve?
Notice how the email that you’ve all read had absolutely no references or resources listed. How can you know if the facts are correct unless you checked them for yourself? I’ve quoted three different sources here (TIME Magazine, The Audacity of Hope, and FOX News via MediaMatters.org) for a total of four different references to back up what I am saying.
It really comes down to this: if you like Barack Obama’s polices, then vote for him; if you like someone else’s policies better, vote for them. That’s the beauty of America. But I would present to you another beauty of America: the right to question. Is it not your patriotic duty to correctly inform yourself — even if it’s about people or politicians you may not like? Do the American thing and ask some questions the next time you receive an email like this.
With warmest wishes,
I am so pissed at this blatant LIE, and I’m even more pissed that I’m letting it get to me.