When in doubt, check it out. Please vote your conscience, but don’t vote based on lies or misinformation–especially purposeful disinformation.
Sept. 21: “Almost one-third of voters ‘know’ that Barack Obama is a Muslim or believe that he could be,” writes New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, noting a recent Pew Research Center poll.
“When I’ve traveled around the country, particularly to my childhood home in rural Oregon, I’ve been struck by the number of people who ask something like: That Obama – is he really a Christian? Isn’t he a Muslim or something? Didn’t he take his oath of office on the Koran?
In conservative Christian circles and on Christian radio stations, there are even widespread theories that Mr. Obama just may be the Antichrist. Seriously.
John Green, of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, says that about 10 percent of Americans believe we may be in the Book of Revelation’s “end times” and are on the lookout for the Antichrist.” There’s even a T-shirt that calls Obama such. link
The Rural Blog from the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues suggests rural (and urban) voters follow up on uncertain “facts” by checking sites like FactCheck and PolitiFact. Sounds like a sound idea to me.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.