Even before Barack Obama had clinched the nomination, the crazy e-mails were circulating. They are like a virus infecting the body politic. How people fall for this stuff is beyond me. Below is a friend’s response to one such hateful and deluded e-mail … with the actual, original e-mail following at the bottom of the post.
Thank you, Stephen, for taking the time to research and rebut the vitriol. It’s going to get ugly – and we all need to be prepared to respond with facts and sanity. Read on …
The Response …
I apologize in advance to all of you — especially if you didn’t really want to hear from me in the first place! I NEVER respond to or forward these chain emails, however, this particular one was sent to me by a family member (I’m embarassed to say) and I really felt strongly about it, so here’s my response. This isn’t a chain, I actually wrote this today (the original absurd email is attached below):
From 1978 to 1995, 16 bombings — which injured 23 people and killed 3 — were perpetrated by a white, male extremist from Chicago. (Ted Kaczinski aka the Unabomber).
In 1995, 168 people were killed in what was at the time the biggest act of terrorism ever perpetrated on American soil… by white, male extremists — and former US Army soldiers. (Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, a Catholic).
Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, Warren Jeffs, David Koresh, Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, Columbian drug cartels, Italian mafioso …
History is replete with its devils and monsters, from all backgrounds and all religious affiliations. Extremism is everywhere: the hands of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, and atheists alike are covered with the blood of innocent victims. Religious zealotry is certainly NOT the sole provence of radical muslims (see: The Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition, etc).
The one truly common thread among these “extremists” is the deadly combination of ignorance and indoctrination. Educated, open-minded people — of any race or religion — tend not to make a point or settle a score through violence, because they know that violence only begets violence.
Educated, open-minded people also find information (facts) for themselves, and resist indoctrination AND the perpetuation of ignorant and inflamatory (and false) propaganda.
The Bible makes scant reference to an “anti-christ” and it occurs solely in the Book of John:
1 John 2:18-19 “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.”
1 John 2:22-23 “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”
1 John 4:2-3 “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.”
2 John 1:7 “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.”
As you can see, there are no specific descriptive references that help “identify” the anti-christ. And certainly NO reference to the religious affiliation of the anti-christ figure. There are several references to an “anti-Christ” — without specifically using that term — primarily in the Book of Revelation. However …
“Nothing in the Bible — in Revelation or elsewhere — describes the anti-Christ as being “a man, in his 40s, of Muslim descent.” In fact, since the Book of Revelation was complete by the end of the second century, but the religion of Islam wasn’t founded until about four hundred years later, the notion that Revelation would have mentioned a “Muslim” at all is rather far-fetched. (And even if it did, it couldn’t be construed as a reference to Barack Obama, since Senator Obama isn’t a Muslim.)
“By definition, the anti-Christ is “the polar opposite and ultimate enemy of Christ,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. And because Muslims believe “there is no god but God,” they would have great difficulty with the idea of elevating a person to a divine status, White said. “A Muslim would be a monotheist and the last thing a Muslim would do is have anyone worship anyone other than God.”
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S GOOD find out some information for yourselves, study as many aspects of every situation that you can — even if it involves someone who looks, acts, or believes something that you do not — and then make an informed decision about that situation. Remember that knowledge is power — the power to make good decisions, the power to educate yourself or your friends or your children to be tolerant and accepting of people’s differences, the power to resist passing judgment, or casting the first stone.
Please use the power available to you — in this age of instant access to information, and instant communication — to combat close-mindedness, prejudice, and bigotry. Each and every one of us can be an agent of positive change in the world, even if just in small doses.
Let’s send this to as many people as we can — not to inflict shame on others (remember the Golden Rule?!?) — but to save ourselves from the shame and embarassment of ignorance and indoctrination.
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present” (Abraham Lincoln)
Subject: Stupid is as Stupid does – we better pay attention!
I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to repost this as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or media outlet…do it! A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any
inconvenience to themselves.
Pause a moment, reflect back.
These events are actual events from history.
They really happened!!!
Do you remember?
1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
4. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
8. In 1988 , Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was
diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by Muslim male extremists between the of 17 and 40.
12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by — you guessed it– Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.
No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people … Absolutely No Profiling!
They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former
Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.
According to The Book of Revelations:
The Anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal….the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, he will destroy everything.
And Now: For the award winning Act of Stupidity Of all times the People of America want to elect, to the most Powerful position on the face of the Planet — The Presidency of the United states of America
>>>>>> A Muslim
>>>>>> the ages
>>>>>> of 17 and 40.
Have the American People completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason ???
I’m sorry but I refuse to take a chance on the ‘unknown’ candidate Obama…
Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and other stupid attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have any such sense.
As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it …
‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does.’