Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Checking The Facts

There is one thing I like and that is a real Presidential Race.

It has been a long time since we had a race for President where it is not a forgone conclusion about who is going to be the nominee for one or both parties.

This year so far has been fun and interesting to watch. Maybe you are tired of a the whole thing already – but I am enjoying every minute.

What I have not appreciated has been the “swiftboating” of candidates on both sides.

Last week I got an e-mail forwarded from a friend that questioned Barack Obama’s Christian faith and whether or not he was some kind of undercover Muslim spy sent here to infiltrate our government from the inside out.

Now, this friend is someone that I have known for almost 30 years. He’s a school teacher. He’s bright and intelligent – and yet he forwarded this e-mail filled with lies and half truths designed to plant suspicion in the minds of its readers. After all it has to be true – it is in writing!

Why do we do that?

Why do we suspend all the normal rules that we use to judge whether something is believable or not just because it comes in our inbox and we see it in writing?

It seems as if critical thought goes out the window.

I don’t have an answer – but I think it goes back to our human nature that always seems to expect the worst in people.

Not the nature of Jesus who always looks for the best in someone.

It also goes back to fear - fear of change and fear of the future.

The site in the link above will help you to check the facts on Obama.


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