Obama vs. the Christians?

broadcastingThe title of today’s blog may be provocative and eye-catching, but no, Barack Obama isn’t out to get Christians.

However, there are numbnuts out there who would like you to think so. In the grand tradition of trying to turn people against someone you don’t like by all-out lying about them and then spreading the lie via viral e-mail tactics, we have this doozy (which Mrs. Blue alerted me to, after she received it from the head of a Christian group for which she does some consulting work):

RE: Removal of Pastors Removal of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and other pastors from the airwaves.

An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C. Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America . They got 287,00 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by televisionwill be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You as a Christian can help!

We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country. As Christians, we must unite on this.. Please don’t take this lightly. We ignored one lady once and lost prayer in our schools and in offices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard.. Together we can make a difference in our country while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.

Please, if you don’t wish to participate, return this email to whoever sent it to you so they can at least keep this email going or forward it to some one you know who will wish to participate. Dr. Dobson is going on CNBC to urge every Christian to get involved. I hope you will sign and forward to all your family and friends. Please press fo rward, CLEAN UP THE MESSAGE, and forward this to everyone you think should read this. Now, please signyour name at the bottom (you can only add your name after you have pressed ‘Forward’ or you have copied and pasted the text). ;

Don’t delete any other names, just go to the next number and type your name. Please do not sign jointly, such as Mr. & Mrs., each person should sign his/her own name. Please defeat this organization and keep the right of our freedom of religion.


If you happen to be a less-than-astute reader of my blog and are wondering what to make of that, let me help:

It is pure, unadulterated bullshit.

First off, and let’s be clear on this, the timing of this e-mail is clearly intended to stir up fear now that Barack Obama is president-elect. The president ultimately dictates who runs the FCC, and thus the implication here is that insidious forces on the Obama camp are now at work to crush Christian religious expression in this country.

This would, of course, be an odd move for Obama to make, considering that it would deprive his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright of a voice on the airwaves, being as he is a Christian pastor (pretty sure he is on the airwaves somewhere).

Also, ain’t that convenient that they don’t mention the organization’s name, but know everything else about this supposed conspiracy? And furthermore, just why would the FCC go and give such a hearing to this nameless group? After all, George W. Bush is still president, and is still in control until mid-January. Obama doesn’t have jack for power right now, and the FCC chairman would get an ass-kicking from Bush if he did this.

It’s fear-mongering, plain and simple, and it’s so un-Christian of so-called Christians to spread lies like this.

At Snopes.com there is a great breakdown of the complete and utter falsehood of all this, which is based on something that actually took place in the mid-1970s and was specifically aimed at preventing Christian broadcasting on channels that were specifically reserved for education.

So, it’s based on something that happened more than 30 years ago, and that wasn’t even designed to do what people are claiming it is designed to do.

This e-mail has been around before. It’s back now, just as Obama begins to gear up to take the oath of office in a couple months. It’s just a damn shame we have to have Christians attacking one of their own (Barack Obama is a Christian, folks) by suggesting that the government will now, somehow, magically, get rid of religion now that the GOP isn’t in power anymore and a guy with a funny sounding name will be in the Oval Office.

If it wasn’t so potentially incendiary and possibly dangerous to the life and safety of Obama and his family, it might be laughingly annoying. Instead, it’s painfully sad, it’s pitiful, and it and makes me want to disavow myself of a whole lot of my so-called Christian brethren.

8 Responses to “Obama vs. the Christians?”

  1. November 10, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Hey there…

    Well… first we would need to define the word “Christians”….



  2. 2 Deacon Blue
    November 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Well, yeah, there is that, isn’t there?


    Maybe I need to do a post on that…though I’m sure it would be even snarkier than my usual fare…

  3. November 10, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Are all those pastors listed white?

    Just curious why nobody worried about him getting TD Jakes off the air.

  4. 4 Deacon Blue
    November 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t know who David Jeremiah is, but the others I KNOW are white.

    I guess TD Jakes isn’t important to the panicky Christians sending out this e-mail. Nor Creflo Dollar or anyone else of color.

  5. 5 ddennis
    November 10, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Yeah, David Jeremiah is white. I attended his church mid – late ’80s. He’s a very gracious and good man, as “good” goes. I’ve never heard him utter an untrue or condescending word, or even remember him talking politics from the pulpit. Of course, that was then . . .

  6. 6 Deacon Blue
    November 11, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I’ll have to check him out sometime. As for the other ones that have been named in the silly e-mail warning, I’ve always liked Charles Stanley.

    Joyce Meyer flits in and around of the word of faith movement, a movement I have really negative feelings about, though my wife says some of her books are pretty good and have been useful for helping her find biblical priciples for getting through troubles in life.

    Joel Osteen is someone I’ve railed about a bit here and there in this blog. I liked him early on, but I think he’s strayed far from the path and he’s firmly into word of faith last I saw. I frankly don’t trust the man much these days.

    But all the same, I’d never support throwing them or anyone else off the air just because…even if someone really did ever suggest it…which I doubt anyone ever seriously will.

  7. 7 Andy
    November 20, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I get saddened when I see how many folks jump and fight every time an email like this comes out. To every Christian reading this (or similar) emails, here’s my $0.02

    Let us focus on sharing God’s love with people in every way possible, that they know we are Christians by our love (rather than by us banding together politically every time and demanding to be counted in numbers). What would this world be like if people didn’t say, “Run and hide, the Christians are marching again!” but instead said, “Times are tough — where are the Christians? We need them; they’re so helpful and kind and loving and always praying for us.” That would be so nice. So do not fear that the world will ever silence the truth. Live the truth, and fear not! 🙂

  8. 8 Deacon Blue
    November 20, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Dear God, Andy…preaching love? Are you suggesting we should present a loving face?

    Shocking, simply shocking…

    And I agree 100%, with plus or minus a 5-point margin of error.

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