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Oct 02 2012

William Murray Lies About Obama

William Murray, who has spent most of his adult life capitalizing on the name of his mother, Madilyn Murray O’Hair, by peddling the “evil atheist turned Christian by the love of Jesus” story, and his Government Is Not God PAC have taken out a newspaper ad that PolitiFact rates as a pants on fire lie. You can see the ad here.

It’s just a long litany of things Obama will allegedly do in his second term, a list of imagined horribles that has little relationship to reality. Like this one:

“Barack Hussein Obama will move America to force doctors to assist homosexuals in buying surrogate babies.”

PolitiFact responds:

It’s one of those statements that’s so far outside reality, our experts wondered where to start.

William Murray, chairman of the political action committee that says it placed the ad in 19 papers in three states, said it predicted “what we believe Obama will do in a second term.”

But even predictions require some connection to the way the world works…

Volunteers for Murray’s Government Is Not God PAC put together support for the ad’s claims, which they sent to us. The evidence? That Obama supports adoption by same-sex couples and extended benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees.

But that didn’t come close to proving the claim. The links don’t address: a) doctors b) surrogacy c) buying babies.

But that’s okay. Murray and his volunteers don’t really care whether it’s true or not, they only care whether it will adequately scare people. Truth is irrelevant, only the effect matters.

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  1. 1
    Ellie

    You’d think, if Obama had that kind of power, he’d be able to force corporate pharmacies to fill Plan B scrips, wouldn’t you?

  2. 2
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Why stop there?

    In his second term, Obama will feed white Christian baby flesh to the Muslamic 47% on stolen communion wafers as part of a socialist scheme to give free government healthcare as reparations for slavery.

  3. 3
    frankb

    In his second term prayer breakfasts will be serving up roast babies, don’tcha you know. Proof??? Obama is not a vegetarian.

  4. 4
    Johnny Vector

    What the hell is a surrogate baby? I mean, to me, “surrogate baby” means “stuffed animal”, or maybe “pet”. The whole thing is just word salad.

    tl;dr: What is this I don’t even

  5. 5
    frankb

    Apparently Zinc and I had the same thought at the same time.

  6. 6
    andrewjohnston

    …Force doctors to assist homosexuals in buying surrogate babies

    Could you possibly word that in a more insulting way?

    A lot of anti-gay rhetoric these days is not aimed at gays per se, but rather at IVF and surrogacy. I’ve heard plenty of wingnut sociopaths argue that children born through these methods are abnormal (or damaged, lesser, etc.), the parents “selfish” and the families illegitimate. Some of them are even starting to turn against adoption in general, on the ground that that’s illegitimate if it includes gays.

    That’s the thrust of “values voters.” Anything positive must be destroyed if it might help people we don’t like, and “think of the children” only applies to children of approved families.

  7. 7
    Ace of Sevens

    I think the idea is that doctors who do surrogacy wouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against gay customers. TO the best of my knowledge, this sort of anti-discrimination law would be a state issue and Obama hasn’t tried to change that. Also, he seems opposed to surrogacy in general, which makes me wonder why he’s so worried about the rights of the fertility doctors who do it.

  8. 8
    dingojack

    In his second term President Obama is going to outlaw untruths and construct a hive-mind by creating outbursts of mass telepathy – a project he is beginning even as I type!!!

    Dingo

  9. 9
    richardelguru

    …a project he is beginning even as I type!!!

    Dingo
    [wrenches mind free (for a moment) dammit dingo, you're right I typed that at exactly that same time as you... must obey...must ob...]

  10. 10
    dingojack

    At the same moment and 9 minutes apart! See how fiendish the Obama mind control (and time travel) device is?!?!?
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
    :D Dingo

  11. 11
    andrewjohnston

    Here’s another one that’s worth noting:

    …Force Christian schools to hire non-Christian teachers

    As I suspected, this is based on a Supreme Court case regarding a disabled teacher who was fired from a Lutheran school. A lot of the liars for Jesus have been recasting this as some attempt to force Christians organizations to hire non-Christians, even though the case didn’t involve the woman’s religion in any way.

    This is why I feel comfortable calling these people “sociopaths.” There’s no good faith reading of the case that could possibly lead to that conclusion, and no one with a conscience would ever repeat such a cruel lie.

  12. 12
    dingojack

    In his second trem President Obama is going to force red-blooded Americans to eat banana* flavored custard and lime jello for desert – at least once in his second term!!!
    Dingo
    —–
    * ’cause it fits so neatly in your hand, donchaknow

  13. 13
    richardelguru

    Dingo
    It took me 8 min 37 seconds to recover enough to press the send button.
    Do keep up :-)

  14. 14
    richardelguru

    the rest is that you need to set your clock

  15. 15
    dingojack

    In his second term President Obama is going to make all Americans set thier clocks!!!
    Bwhahahaha!
    Dingo
    —–
    (and take out the trash, and clean out the garage. Don’t talkback, yakkity yak!)

  16. 16
    Geds

    Focus on the Family made a list of 34 prophecies in 2008. As Fred Clark pointed out after reading the linked piece at Love, Joy, Feminism, they were 0.5 for 34, with the .5 granted because they were right about the repeal of DADT, but wrong about the fact that it would be the end of the world as we know it.

  17. 17
    Ben P

    Why stop there?

    I think during his second term Obama will finally honor his long standing agreement to turn the United States Government over to the reptillians from Dimension X.

    On a more serious note, I think this is probably the sort of thing that “fact checkers” ought to consider staying away from because, despite it’s looniness, it’s unfalsifiable.

    I think it’s better overall if fact checkers restrain themselves to checking facts, rather than passing judgment on silly, but presently unfalsifiable statements of opinion. Maybe you can call this sort of commentary something else, but fact checking sort of implies something its not.

  18. 18
    Didaktylos

    The reptilians from Dimension X took over Earth as a tax-loss several millennia ago and have been looking to sell it on ever since

  19. 19
    dingojack

    In his second term President Obama is going to force Americans to buy back the entire Earth from the Reptilians of Dimension X for –
    [finger in corner of mouth]
    $30 Million Dollars!! [Dum dum DUUUUUUMMMMMM]

    Dingo

  20. 20
    Skip White

    Ooh, I can do this too! It’s just like MadLibs, just fill in the blanks with whatever right-wing nonsense you want! It’s easy, kids! “Barack Hussein Obama will force __(group A)___ to ____(verb)____ all of their ____(plural noun)____ to un-American ____(group B)____ in a fiendish __(ideology/religious belief)____ plot to ___(verb)____ good, decent, Christian babies!”

  21. 21
    Moggie

    Johnny Vector:

    What the hell is a surrogate baby?

    Mostly tofu.

  22. 22
    Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    Ooh, I can do this too! It’s just like MadLibs, just fill in the blanks with whatever right-wing nonsense you want! It’s easy, kids! “Barack Hussein Obama will force __(group A)___ to ____(verb)____ all of their ____(plural noun)____ to un-American ____(group B)____ in a fiendish __(ideology/religious belief)____ plot to ___(verb)____ good, decent, Christian babies!”

    Well, now that you’ve actually made a template, I just have to play.

    “Barack Hussein Obama will force un-Americans to skew all of their entitlements to un-American Bible scholars in a fiendish Moonie plot to chant good, decent, Christian babies!”

    It fits just about as well as anything else on the ad.

  23. 23
    cry4turtles

    Can I play too? Barack Obama will grant aliens from outer space the right to vote. Then he’ll go over their voter registration forms and shred all those registered Republican.

  24. 24
    kermit.

    cry4turtles says: Can I play too? Barack Obama will grant aliens from outer space the right to vote. Then he’ll go over their voter registration forms and shred all those registered Republican.

    Also, too, no projection whatsoever was used in the scripting of this press release.

  25. 25
    Akira MacKenzie

    “The reptilians from Dimension X took over Earth as a tax-loss several millennia ago and have been looking to sell it on ever since”

    LAUGH-A WHILE YA CAN-A, MONKAY BOY!!!

  1. 26
    ‘The best part is, it’s really easy to lie’

    [...] [his] ass off” until the Nov. 6 election. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *“Obama will move America to force doctors to assist homosexuals in buying surrogate babies.”“It’s not bad enough that it was raining and cold. Now there were Nazis too.” [...]

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