Conservatives or liberals? I thought of this question after seeing the fake TSA story from Dead Serious News. I am a conservative, and I'm sorry to say that most of the outrageous stories seem to come from conservatives (and some of those conservatives even call themselves Christians--I speak as a fellow Christian.)
--Obama being born in Kenya and therefore unqualified to be President
--Muslims praying in the streets of NYC every Friday and blocking traffic (when this is an event that happens only once a year)
--Obama writing racist passages in his two books (which are passages taken out of context, and the reason I know this is because I checked the source)
--The FCC planning to make it illegal to mention the name of "God" on the air (and various permutations of that same e-mail)
--The Food Safety Bill currently in Congress will make it illegal to grow your own food in your backyard
--One I found this morning from The New American, saying that national healthcare will require all of us to be implanted with RIFD chips (I have NOT checked on this story, so it *could* be that it's true; but this one sounds outrageous enough to be a rumor).
And too often, when I point people to snopes.com, which is excellent at refuting Internet rumors, I am told, "Snopes is liberal!" "Snopes is a liberal shill for the Democratic Party!" Snopes is run by a husband and wife team, David and Barbara Mikkleson. David claims no political party affiliation and Barbara is a Canadian citizen and, as such, has NO RIGHT TO VOTE in the United States.
If you think that Snopes is too liberal for your taste, truthorfiction.com is another "hoax-busting" site that deals with some of the same rumors. And many of their conclusions are the same as the Snopes.com website. And if all else fails, there's always Google--and if you don't like Google, there are other search engines out there as well.
I think one reason why too many people aren't turned on to conservatism is that too often, they are the ones responsible for some of the more outrageous stuff on the Internet. I have said repeatedly that if you post something that's not true without checking it out first, you kill your credibility AND the credibility of those you associate with. If you're a Christian and you do this, you violate the Ninth Commandment, which is, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." (You know, one of the big ten that so many of you think should be posted on public property and in courthouses around the US?)
I DO think there is much to be alarmed about the current state of our country. But neither conservatives nor liberals help their cause when they 1) deliberately pass around false information or, 2) pass along information in good faith without checking it out first.
:: stepping down from my soapbox ::
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