Thursday, February 17, 2011

Smear


Bo, the Obama family dog
 The Australian reports today on the story that won't go away; that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and is therefore constitutionally ineligible for office. This is on top of the rumours that despite being a Christian he is also secretly a Muslim who is plotting to Islamise the United States, a socialist, and if you subscribe to that particular view of eschatology, that he is even the Antichrist.

Documents such as birth notices and birth certificates can be forged, but to allege as such in Obama's case is very offensive. What disappoints me is that some conservative Christian groups are involved in spreading these rumours. Scripture clearly condemns spreading rumours, and for good reason warns Christians against this sort of conduct (Leviticus 19:16, Proverbs 11:13, 18:8, Matthew 7:1, Romans 1:29, 1 Timothy 5:13).

I have been around churches long enough to see the sometimes irrepairable damage that can be done to reputations by misguided self-appointed gatekeepers who take it upon themselves to call their leaders to account for their imagined failings.

In a democracy you have the freedom to speak up and criticise political leaders where necessary, usually without fear of overt retribution. This is a good and healthy thing. I'd say to Obama's Christian critics, if you want to oppose his Administration's policies or raise questions about the character of the man himself, well fine. Just make sure that you're doing it accurately. Spreading rumours is not only a poor witness and totally unacceptable, but it also damages the credibility of the church, which is enough of a problem these days as it is without you adding to it.

6 comments:

JD Curtis said...

Obama has not provided his long form birth certificate. It is easily the most avoidable contraversy of his presidency.

The Certification of Live Birth that he has provided does not mean that he was born in Hawaii. The long-form CERTIFICATE that he steadfastly refuses to offer for examination would list the hospital he was born in along with the name of the attending physician and names of his parents.

If I were in his shoes, I would have released it a long time ago just to show people I was legit.

Ross said...

Hello JD, I thought you might comment on this post. If the birthers are right, I guess you'll find out the truth eventually, but I'm not holding my breath. There's more chance of our Prime Minister marrying her significant other.

JD Curtis said...

I've posted this before. I've examined this topic several different ways in the past. I've cut it round and I've cut it flat.

Out of all of the possible explanations offered, I think writer Jack Cashill comes the closest to the truth as to why Obama won't release a simple piece of paper. And his theory has nothing to due with Obama being born in Africa. Link

JD Curtis said...

Let me put it to you this way Ross..


If a very vocal group of people approached you and steadfastly claimed that it was highly questionable that you were born in Australia, what would Step 1(a) be in showing how wrong they actually are?

You'd most likely provide the best, most relevant documentation that you possibly could and then perhaps shove it in their collective faces (perhaps with a loud 'NYEH!') and feel satisfied that you have conclusively settled the issue once and for all.

However, we are left to puzzle over why Obama doesnt take such a basic first step and instead sends an army of lawyers in to fight it tooth and nail.

JD Curtis said...

See Hawaii guv's terse letter about firing of health chief
Unexplained actions stir controversy after birth-certificate guardian yanked

Ross said...

Thanks again, JD. I've been doing a bit of research about the birther movement, and this is probably the best article I've found.

http://ussc.edu.au/blogs/Deconstructing-birtherism