Thursday, January 25, 2007

More on Senator Obama

Yeah, seems more and more like this is the guy I'm going to be voting for late next year. I'm gonna dig a lot deeper before I officially get behind the guy but I'd take him over Clinton any day of the week at this point.

Here's a nice letter his office sent out about the FOX News report that stated Senator Obama was once a student in a Madrassa. Ahh, if this is where politics are headed, it's going to be a fun little future. Enough blowing smoke up our collective asses. Start telling us what you REALLY think and feel and not what your party is trying to force you into saying. NO ROBOTS FOR PRESIDENT!

In the past week, many of you have read a now thoroughly-debunked story by Insight Magazine, owned by the Washington Times, which cites unnamed sources close to a political campaign that claim Senator Obama was enrolled for “at least four years” in an Indonesian “Madrassa”. The article says the “sources” believe the Madrassa was “espousing Wahhabism,” a form of radical Islam.

Insight Magazine published these allegations without a single named source, and without doing any independent reporting to confirm or deny the allegations. Fox News quickly parroted the charges, and Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy went so far as to ask, “Why didn’t anybody ever mention that that man right there was raised — spent the first decade of his life, raised by his Muslim father — as a Muslim and was educated in a Madrassa?”

All of the claims about Senator Obama raised in the Insight Magazine piece were thoroughly debunked by CNN, which, instead of relying on unnamed sources, sent a reporter to Obama’s former school in Jakarta to check the facts.

If Doocy or the staff at Fox and Friends had taken [time] to check their facts, or simply made a call to his office, they would have learned that Senator Obama was not educated in a Madrassa, was not raised as a Muslim, and was not raised by his father – an atheist Obama met once in his life before he died.

Later in the day, Fox News host John Gibson again discussed the Insight Magazine story without any attempt to independently confirm the charges.

All of the claims about Senator Obama’s faith and education raised in the Insight Magazine story and repeated on Fox News are false. Senator Obama was raised in a secular household in Indonesia by his stepfather and mother. Obama’s stepfather worked for a U.S. oil company, and sent his stepson to two years of Catholic school, as well as two years of public school. As Obama described it, “Without the money to go to the international school that most expatriate children attended, I went to local Indonesian schools and ran the streets with the children of farmers, servants, tailors, and clerks.” [The Audacity of Hope, p. 274]

To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. Furthermore, the Indonesian school Obama attended in Jakarta is a public school that is not and never has been a Madrassa.

These malicious, irresponsible charges are precisely the kind of politics the American people have grown tired of, and that Senator Obama is trying to change by focusing on bringing people together to solve our common problems.


At 5:55 PM , Blogger All Hail King Butcher! said...

On the one hand, I think he's really qualified and would be excellent in the position; on the other I don't want him getting assassinated at his inauguration.

You see my dilemma.

At 6:52 PM , Blogger Daniel Womack said...

I see your dilemna. For me, there is a man in my church ward who I like and respect a lot. His dad is running for President (hint, current gov of Mass) and I like his dad as well. So ideally, I'd like to see an Obama vs. Romney race in 2008. This way no matter who wins, I'm happy. Of course, McCain would be a nice opponent for Obama since both men are free with speaking their minds. Could make for a very clean but entertaining campaign.


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