Deceptive Anti-Obama Hit Piece

Today I was forwarded an e-mail titled “Islam – More than a Religious Cult.” The e-mail, at first, appeared to be an engaging, though inflammatory, critique of Islam. It provided, for instance, sections charting the Muslim population of a country as compared to the social conflict prompted by Islam in that particular country. (Keep in mind, I’m not endorsing this.) For example,

“From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in
proportion to their percentage of the population.
For example, they will push for the introduction of halal
(clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food
preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase
pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their
shelves – along with threats for failure to comply.

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government
to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos)
under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of
Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
This is occurring in:
France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%”

It was only at the conclusion of this thing that the real target of the e-mail became apparent. And it wasn’t really Islam at all, but the Democratic Party’s prospective presidential nominee, Barack Obama. Notice how the e-mail couches its conclusion as a fact about Islam in Africa:

“In closing, we want to add these facts which are very relevant to the expansion of Islam in Africa:

A presidential candidate’s cousin, Raila Odinga continues to fuel the first, mass, widespread violence in Kenya in years, attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007. Kenya’s current government is pro-American, but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Islamic Sharia law. Obama’s half-brother, Abongo Obama, is Odinga’s follower. It is a matter of public record that Obama interrupted his New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone. When Odinga lost the elections, his followers burned Christians’ homes, and then burned men, women and children alive in a Christian church where they took shelter. Obama had supported his cousin even before the failed election attempt.

Kristoff, from the New York Times, a year ago, reported that Obama recalled the opening lines of the Islamic call to prayer, reciting them with a very good native accent. In a remark that seemed spontaneous, Obama described the call to prayer as ‘one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.’ ”

I’ve checked the Kristoff quote, and you can find the whole column here. And here’s a link to an AP story about the candidates links to Odinga.

But I think it’s outrageous to bury this anti-Obama stuff at the bottom of an e-mail that purports to be an alert to the dangers of Islam.

The piece, which is tailor-made for anonymous e-mailing, has no listed author, other than “CftC,” which stands for “Committee for the Constitution.” The group describes itself as “a website dedicated to protecting and defending the original intention of the Constitution of the United States of America.” According to the website, the group isn’t even one of the 527s, as “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” was, but ” a tax-exempt educational organization as set forth in Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and thus any expenses you may incur as a member in fulfilling speaking engagements, travel to and from them, etc. are all tax deductible.”

Attack Obama for his statements and actions, criticize him for his transparent move to the center, examine his dealings in Chicago, scrutinize, even, his creepy relationship with Rev. Wright, but, for God’s sake, don’t levy deceptive, manipulative attacks, the true origin of which nobody knows.

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3 Responses to “Deceptive Anti-Obama Hit Piece”

  1. dick Says:

    Kenya winner lost, U.S. poll indicates
    Belated tally suggests election was stolen

    By Shashank Bengali | McClatchy/Chicago Tribune Newspapers
    July 9, 2008

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Six months after a deeply flawed election triggered a wave of ethnic killings in Kenya, a U.S. government-funded exit poll indicates that the wrong candidate was declared the winner.

    President Mwai Kibaki, whom official results credited with a 2-point margin of victory in the December vote, finished nearly 6 points behind in the exit poll, which was released Tuesday by researchers from the University of California, San Diego.

    Opposition leader Raila Odinga scored “a clear win outside the margin of error” according to surveys of voters as they left polling places on Election Day, the poll’s author said.

    The incumbent Kibaki was sworn in for a second term despite major irregularities in vote-counting, sparking tribal attacks that killed more than 1,000 people, the worst violence in this East African nation in nearly two decades.

    The exit poll, whose existence was first reported in January, was financed by the Washington-based International Republican Institute, a non-partisan democracy-building organization, with a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the foreign-aid arm of the State Department.

    Amid a worldwide furor over the election results, the institute decided not to release the poll, citing concerns about its validity. But the poll’s authors and the former head of the institute’s program in Kenya stand by the research, which the authors presented Tuesday in Washington.

    In the exit poll, Odinga had 46.07 percent of the vote to 40.17 percent for Kibaki, a difference well outside the poll’s margin of error of 1.32 percentage points. The official results gave Kibaki 46.42 percent of the vote to 44.07 percent for Odinga.

    The research by James Long, a doctoral candidate in political science at UCSD, and Clark Gibson, the chairman of the university’s political science department, offers more evidence of serious fraud in Kenya’s government election commission.

    According to the pollsters’ projections, Odinga, who also led Kibaki in pre-election polls, should have received about 58,000 more votes than he was credited with. Kibaki should have received about 356,000 fewer votes.

  2. Christopher VanHaight Says:

    Don’t worry too much about an email like that. A) It is just dirty politics as usual, and B) It is so long, few will even get to the end of the message. Whoever wrote it vastly overestimated the average person’s attention span, particularly regarding emails.

  3. muman613 Says:

    Well it really puzzles me why this doesnt bother you. Obama has supported some very dangerous politicians who are spreading Islam in Africa. If this is not worrisome I dont know what else is. Obamas communist and socialist ties are dangerous to the capitalistic system which America runs on. Obamas stance on Islam is dangerous in an era where so many Islamic countries are aligning against us. I used to be a Democrat, I voted for Kerry in the last election, and Gore before that. But I cannot vote for Obama, he is very bad news for this country. Raising taxes is the worst thing any president can do going into the next year. Obamas energy policy is poor {inflating tires}. Obamas role model is Carter who in my memory was the worst president of my lifetime. I can go on and on, but I am sure your mind is made up because you think America sucks.

    muman613

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