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Joyner Passes On Lies About Obama

Wingnut preacher Rick Joyner delivered one of those standard-issue anti-Obama screeds — I swear, there must be a Microsoft Word template they all use — that contains lies and repeatedly debunked myths about Obama, some of them cribbed from those idiotic forwarded emails we’ve all seen over and over again. Obama, you see, is merging Christianity and Islam:

I have also studied the Liberation Theology of the church where President Obama came out of, which he embraces and is considered a leader. There are aspects of it that are far more alarming, and its fruit is feeding what I believe is one of the greatest human evils, racism—not just un-American, but anti-American.

Some believe that the purpose of the Liberation Theology movement was to be a bridge between Christianity and Islam, which would lead Christians to Islam. I could not personally confirm that, but our President claims to be a Christian, yet the fruit of his practice and his policy has done more to hurt Christianity than any previous administration, and he’s done more to help Islam. Any thinking person should ask why would the Obama Administration give Muslims an exemption from the healthcare law, but use it to fundamentally attack the religious liberty of the Catholic Church, as well as other Christians who object to some of its basic tenets? These actions reveal core values, and they are deeply alarming.

Actually, any thinking person should learn how to use that newfangled Google thing and they’ll quickly find out that this claim about Obama giving Muslims exemptions from the health care reform law is a lie. In fact, the only groups that have received such exemptions are Christian:

Since we posted our article, we’ve obtained a list through the Freedom of Information Act of all the groups that have successfully applied for exemptions from payroll taxes. (We have posted the Excel file here.) The overwhelming majority of them are explicitly Anabaptist — that is, Mennonite, Amish or Hutterite. Those that don’t specify their denomination are still explicitly Christian. Having gone through the list, we can say with certainty that no Muslim group, and indeed no non-Christian group, has ever qualified for an exemption under the statute used to define exempt religious groups in the health care law.

So in fact, it’s only Christian groups getting exemptions. Cue the outrage, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

As an American, I was also very troubled when our President once responded to the question of why he did not wear an American pin on his lapel—he said he didn’t want to appear to take sides. If our President is not solidly resolved to be on our side, then we are in deep trouble. I am thankful to see the President now wearing an American flag lapel pin, but it does not mean as much when he wears it after such controversy.

Another lie, one that Snopes debunked years ago. But that’s a fact, something Joyner is clearly allergic to.

Comments

  1. DaveL says

    Some believe that the purpose of the Liberation Theology movement was to be a bridge between Christianity and Islam, which would lead Christians to Islam.

    Some people believe every river on earth flows east-to-west due to the rotation of the earth. Just because some people believe it doesn’t mean it isn’t stupid.

  2. DaveL says

    Another lie, one that Snopes debunked years ago. But that’s a fact, something Joyner is clearly allergic to.

    Ed, I’ve found we’ve now reached the point where many conservatives regard snopes.com as an explicitly partisan liberal website. The echo chamber caulks up another crack.

  3. Freodin says

    In some other forum I frequent someone answered the question of who would win the election with “Romney I hope. I can’t stand liars, so it’s not Obama.”

    It is sooooo nice to see that there are still people who have such firm and unshakable principles to base their political decisions on.

  4. blf says

    Some people believe every river on earth flows east-to-west due to the rotation of the earth.

    Lies!!!1! The Earth doesn’t “rotate”. If it did, we’d fall off. And it’s why some rivers don’t flow East-to-West.

    The Earth is flat, supported by pillars on turtles (the turtles standing on more turtles all the way down), and the Sun and Stars and Moon and Planets (including Pluto which is a Planet regardless of what the namby-pamby elitist commie gay “scientists” say now…) revolve around. Besides, evilution can’t explain why there are Stars.

    Get your undisputed facts right.

  5. TGAP Dad says

    …there must be a Microsoft Word template they all use…

    Why do think they call it “the right-wing echo chamber?” Rachel Maddow has touched upon this feature of the right several times on her show.

  6. Sastra says

    DaveL32 wrote:

    Ed, I’ve found we’ve now reached the point where many conservatives regard snopes.com as an explicitly partisan liberal website. The echo chamber caulks up another crack.

    Heh, they can now join the group of liberals who regard snopes.com as an explicitly partisan skeptic website. There’s more than one echo chamber, and which one you join depends on which massive conspiracies you find plausible.

  7. jnorris says

    I don’t see why the American Evantaliban would be upset with a Christian to Islam merger. The Islamic theocracies get to kill gays, completely de-humanize women to almost nonexistence, have extreme male privilege, and imprison/kill blasphemers and atheists.

  8. says

    Does this guy have a clue at all? Liberation Theology is a left wing Catholic creation, and has been criticised by many as being Marxist. Last I heard Obama isn’t a left wing Catholic. You’d think that Joyner would use the right tool for the right purpose. I’m sure there’s some Democrat out there he could target for being a follower of Liberation Theology, and hence an evil Marxist.

  9. Ichthyic says

    I have also studied the Liberation Theology of the church where Mitt Romney came out of, which he embraces and is considered a leader. There are aspects of it that are far more alarming, and its fruit is feeding what I believe is one of the greatest human evils, racism—not just un-American, but anti-American.

    fixed.

    look, in case you haven’t been around the last 40 years, this is standard republican projection.

    take exactly what your side is accused of, and project it onto the opposition.

  10. Ichthyic says

    …because seriously, there isn’t any religion in the US I can think of that is actually MORE anti-american than Mormonism.

    hell, didn’t Jospeph Smith call for the destruction of the US because the federal government started looking at his cult as just that, a dangerous cult?

    they even tried him for treason, didn’t they?

  11. Crudely Wrott says

    I have also studied the Liberation Theology of the church where President Obama came out of, which he embraces and is considered a leader.

    My goodness, wherever does he find the time? Are Secret Service personnel present when he does this leading? How about the guy with the football? If so, can they all be trusted to keep mum about such extra-curricula activities?

    Where do they sit, in the back pews?

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