My mother receives the American Family Association journal, which comes out once a month. They are known for supporting “traditional family values,” i.e., anti-marriage equality, anti-Obama, anti-Democrat. I decided to read through it and see what kind of articles were in it and that is when I came across an article titled Evidence of Executive Enmity written by…wait for it….David Barton. He tries to make a case that President Obama is against “people of biblical faith.”
As I read through this I had to laugh at some of the outlandish accusations, outright lies they write, and this was in a two-page article. I have listed a few them below for your entertainment.
Lie #1: April 2010 — Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer because of complaints from the Muslim community:
FACT: The Army has disinvited Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from speaking at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service on May 6 because of his past controversial comments about Islam. In 2001, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham described Islam as evil and said last year that he found it to be “a very violent religion.” Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins confirmed today, that at the Army’s request, the Pentagon Chaplain’s Office had contacted Graham to withdraw the invitation extended to him to be the main speaker at the Pentagon’s observance of the National Day of Prayer. Speaking of Graham’s past comments, Collins said, “Army leadership became aware of the issue and immediately recognized it was problematic. ” He added, “This Army honors all faiths and tries to inculcate our soldiers and work force with an appreciation of all faiths and his past comments just were not appropriate for this venue.”
Lie #2: April 2009 — Speaking at Georgetown, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.
FACT: Georgetown University spokeswoman Julie Green Bataille: In coordinating the logistical arrangements for yesterday’s event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind Gaston Hall stage.
The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches. Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.
Lie #3: May 2009 — Obama declines to host services for the National Day of Prayer (a day established by federal law) at the White House.
FACT: This latest claim of President Obama’s alleged hostility to prayer spread quickly after being posted on Facebook in mid-April, and it was still being repeated as the May 6 date approached. It is contradicted by the chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force itself, Shirley Dobson. In an April 17 “update” on the task force’s website, nationaldayofprayer.org, she wrote:
Dobson: I want to emphasize that the 2010 National Day of Prayer will continue as planned… Whether it’s our national observance on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., or the many thousands of gatherings scheduled elsewhere, we will come together on May 6th for what I’m confident will be a powerful time of intercession. It is our understanding that President Obama will be signing a proclamation again this yea, and we are hopeful that governors and government officials will also do so as they have in the past.
And indeed, the White House has confirmed (in a brief message transmitted via Twitter) that “[a]s he did last year, President Obama intends to recognize a National Day of Prayer.” The bogus claim that Obama canceled the 2010 event is a warmed-over version of similar false claims that circulated last year. They began when Obama decided in 2009 not to hold a White House Observance in the East Room, as President Bush had done during his administration. Instead Obama issued a presidential proclamation close to the day of the event.
It said in part: Obama, May 7, 2009: I call upon Americans to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love. Far from being canceled, the 2009 event went on as scheduled. Organizers later said the 58th annual event produced “a greater outpouring of prayer for our nation … than ever before.”
Here are a few more lies that David Barton and the AFA like to spread about President Obama, and lets not beat around the bush…this is racism, plain and simple!
June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.
September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”
November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.
February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.
FACT: Thank you to Larry Beck of Woodgatesview.com for providing this information:
West Point didn’t disinvite Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin. He cancelled the appointment himself after veteran and Muslim groups protested his name on the list Boykin is the religious fanatic that President George W. Bush himself “repudiated … in 2003 for various anti-Muslim comments, including the suggestion that the war against terrorism was a war against Satan.”
Source: Raw Story (http://s.tt/1deUr)
February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).
April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.
November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.
April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.
November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.
November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving message.
December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.
Thank you to Larry Beck of Woodgatesview.com for contributing to this post!