Thursday, May 3, 2007

OMG!!1!!! Scary Brown People!!

Let's kick things off with an email that carries with it the stench of xenophobia, religious intolerance, racism, and oh, a subtle touch of CRAZY. I introduce to you a dire warning of the terror that is Barack Obama:

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. 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. 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.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

Please forward to everyone you know.

Oh, wingnut, please. Do you really think we don't know how to get down wit Snopes Dawg?

Ok, so let's set aside for the moment the fact that Obama has never been and is not now a Muslim, or that his childhood school was not a madrassa. Ignore for a second that this entire email is based on a pack of lies. The insidiousness of this missive lies in its willingness to exploit wingnuts' fears of social, religious and ethnic minorities. Why mention that Obama's middle name is "Hussein"? What does the fact that his mother was a white woman who married a black man have to do with anything, or for that matter, that she was an atheist? So his birth father was raised in a Muslim tradition. So Obama went to school in a predominately-Muslim country. So frickin' what? None of that has any bearing on his ability to hold public office, and everything to do with agitating the ultra-conservatives who are afraid of people who aren't as white as mayonaisse sandwiches. Hell, I'm so white I glow in the dark, but even I wouldn't pass the sniff test with these people, because it isn't all about race (thought that is a large part of it) : it is about the white, conservative, middle-American Christian ideal that politicians must either aspire to or pay homage to in some way in order to get elected in this sick culture of ours. And that, my friends, is why we are in such a freakin' mess these days: we've elected TV preachers to do the job of running our country.

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