Monday, September 20, 2004

Falsehood in Forwards...

My mom sent me an email this morning. This was the text of it:

Subject: Kerry and the Bible

Thought you might find this interesting...

The Lord has a way of revealing those of us who really know him, and those that don't! Think about it! Kerry gave a big speech last week about how his faith is so "important" to him. In this attempt to convince the American people that we should consider him for president, he announced that his favorite Bible verse is John 16:3. Of course the speech writer meant John 3:16, but nobody in the Kerry camp was familiar enough with scripture to catch the error. And do you know what John 16:3 says?

John 16:3 says; "They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me."

Obviously, this is completely false. Couldn't be farther from the truth. First, John Kerry is a Christian who knows the Bible. Secondly, his speechwriters check their sources as regualrly as newspaper men. Third, if a national leader is going to butcher his lines, every single one of us should know that its going to be W.

This is what I wrote back:

People have said the exact same thing about John Kerry and Al Gore. They’ve even accused George W. Bush of making the mistake. The truth is none of them was that stupid.

Who was stupid enough to talk about John 16:3?

President George H.W. Bush -- during a speech before a religious broadcasters' conference in 1990, according to newspaper columnist Cal Thomas, who witnessed the event firsthand.

You have to realize that almost all of this email crap is false. Don’t buy into it. Check the facts.

This isn't the only email out there like this. For the next 43 days, each of us has a responsibilitiy to open the forwards sent to us and renounce each of these falsehoods.

Who am I to say whether they are deliberate attacks orchestrated by the GOP or the misguided actions of an unfortunate few? To be honest, it doesn't matter. A small thing like this will likely be enough to sway the minds of a few.

Take a lesson from the '92 Clinton campaign: When you see something like this, hit back and hit back hard.


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