My friend warned me the other night that people may not be as kind to me as I am to them, especially regarding belief and a lack of belief.
Last night I received two e-mails from a Facebook friend who happens to be quite conservative. The surprising thing about this is that we have never exchanged e-mails, and yet it was sent to my e-mail inbox, not my Facebook inbox, leading me to believe that she definitely wanted me to get these messages specifically. I’m assuming it is because I definitely do not hide my feelings in the links that I post on Facebook, and she thought that, perhaps, if I just heard “the truth,” then I might see the light.
However, the other one I had never seen before. (This surprises me, as I used to edit a website for extremely “patriotic” people who were against immigration, and they forwarded me the craziest e-mails.) This one I will go ahead and copy and paste for your “enjoyment” here:
Here is one that will cause you to think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
established one day a year as a
First Thursday in May of each year as
the National Dayof Prayer.
Candidate Barack Obama
declared that the USA
“Was no longer a
21st annual National Day
of Prayer ceremony
at the White
House under the ruse
Of “not wanting to offend anyone”
BUT… on September 25, 2009
from 4 AM until 7 PM,
a National Day of Prayer
FOR THE MUSLIM RELIGION
was Held on Capitol Hill,
Beside the White House.
There were over 50,000 Muslims
in D.C. that day.
HE PRAYS WITH THE MUSLIMS!
I guess it Doesn’t matter
Are offended by this event –
Don’t count as
The direction this country is headed
should strike fear in the heart of every Christian,
especially knowing that the
Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be
converted, they should be annihilated.
This is not a Rumor –
Go to the website
To confirm this info:
Pay particular attention to the very bottom of the page:
“OUR TIME HAS COME”
I hope that this information will stir your spirit.
The words of 2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, Who are called by my Name,
Will humble themselves And pray,
And seek my face, and Turn from their Wicked ways,
Then will I hear from Heaven
And will forgive their Sin and will heal Their land.”
We must pray for Our nation, our communities,
Our families, and especially our children.
They are the ones who are going to suffer the most.
If we don’t PRAY
May God have Mercy.
IN GOD WE TRUST.
And, just to make things easier on everybody, I’m going to go ahead and debunk it right now through quotes from the “urban legends” portion of About.com. To read the full article,go here.
- CLAIM: In June 2007, (then) Presidential candidate Barack Obama declared that the U.S.A. was no longer a Christian nation.
STATUS: FALSE. This is based on a misquote. One sentence in the text of Barack Obama’s prepared remarks for a keynote address at the Christian Sojourners “Call to Renewal” conference on June 28, 2006 (not 2007) read as follows (emphasis added):
Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
The statement has lent itself to frequent misquotation because Obama misspoke when he delivered it, saying (emphasis added):
Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
It’s clear from the context that Obama was speaking of the religious demographics of the country, not, contrary to what some people seem to believe, proclaiming an abandonment of Christian values.
- CLAIM: This year President Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of ‘not wanting to offend anyone.’
STATUS: PARTLY TRUE. Though Obama issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation on May 7, 2009 per tradition, he broke with a precedent established by the Bush administration by not holding a White House ceremony on the occasion.
However, neither the President, his press secretary, nor any other member of the administration characterized the decision as an effort “not to offend anyone.”
- CLAIM: On September 25, 2009 from 4 am until 7 pm, a National Day of Prayer for the Muslim religion was held on Capitol Hill.
STATUS: TRUE. It wasn’t billed as a “National Day of Prayer,” however, nor was it sponsored or promoted by the U.S. government. Described by its creators as a “day of Islamic unity” and featuring Muslim prayers and readings from the Qur’an, the all-day event was called “Islam on Capital Hill.” It was sponsored by a Washington, DC mosque.
This is the problem with e-mail forwards: people don’t fact-check before they pass them on.
If you ask me, we (atheists) should have our own e-mail forwards to send. Except we would never do that, because e-mail forwards are annoying. Oh well.