The truth will set you free


Columbia, MO – The President had it right Wednesday September 9 when he said some of the arguments against the proposed health care plan were laughable if they were not so cynical. Not only comments from the right-wing extremists like former governor Palin but to include Congressman Joe Wilson’s heckling of the president during his speech that evening to a joint session of Congress.

While reading e-mail, I opened an attachment from a friend, a die-hard and self-proclaimed conservative. It is entitled “The Ten Commandments According to Obama.” The article came from WorldNetDaily (www.wnd.net) identifying their sole source as PatriotUpdate.com. To say that both of these sites are conservative in voice is an understatement indeed. Wikipedia tells us that WND’s founder, Joseph Farah, is a long time editor of conservative newspapers, who convinced Rush Limbaugh to write a daily column, which ran on “Page 1” of the Sacramento Union. [i]

This diatribe is nothing more than the repeating of the lies and misinformation that had been flagrantly spread like fertilizer in a garden and the listeners and readers are taking of its fruit with glee. For example…

I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.) SOURCE  

Obama is a man of faith who attends his church while supporting out First Amendment right to practice our own religion while being free from any state sanctioned religion. Mr. Farah and his followers believe that America is a Christian nation, which it is not, and want to convert all to their form of Christianity and that their form of Christianity shall be the law of the land. Sounds a lot like Afghanistan under the Taliban.

To Farah’s credit, there appear that a hearing concerning the president’s place of birth will be taken up by the California District Court early next year.

VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed. SOURCE

Bill Clinton… enough said.

IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian. SOURCE

“Caucasian” like “Negroid” is a race designation. My family’s origins are from Poland, East-European and Caucasian, but I do not consider my skin color is “white.” I am beige, a man of color, much like every other person of European ancestry.

I am a Progressive Liberal, a Humanist and a Jew, so if Mr. Farah and his cronies think I have not been discriminated against because of my politics, “race” or religion, think again. And that discrimination comes primarily from Evangelical Christians.

Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. all had it right. They knew that lies will be undermined and eventually collapse. They took their leads from a Christian holy book, John 8:32. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Knowledge may be power, but the truth must be the weapon of choice.

 


[i] William Trombley (199105-16). “Paper Chase; Media: The Sacramento Union is Trying to Attract Readers and Advertisers by Billing Itself as ‘Pro-American,’ ‘Pro-Life,’ and ‘Pro-Business.'”. Los Angeles Times.

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About David Rosman

David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com, InkandVoice.com and NYJournalofBooks.com.
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