JANICE DEMBOSKY: Anti-Obama letter rife with falsehoods
Had the Gazette asked Michelle Stewart for the sources of her long-ago debunked accusations against the president’s faith and patriotism, we would have discovered that they came from email rumors or blogs, often repeated by Fox’s nonjournalists. I hate to dignify such letters with a response, but here goes.
Anti-flag-pin accusation: Other candidates in 2007-08 didn’t consistently wear flag pins, including John McCain. Obama explained that he stopped wearing it when it became a symbol of support for the invasion of Iraq, which, as a senator, he didn’t support. He did, however, support veterans. He said, “You start noticing people wearing lapel pins but not acting very patriotic ... not voting to provide veterans with the resources they need, not voting to make sure disability benefits were coming on time.” (Politifact)
Myrlie Evers-Williams merely referenced the Pledge of Allegiance in her invocation before the 2012 inaugural address: “(The golden Capitol dome) reflects the unity and democracy of one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
Although she had several references to God, the Almighty and Jesus Christ, the watcher-haters fabricated that Obama (not Evers-Williams!) had omitted the words “under God” in his inaugural address.
In preparation for Obama’s policy speech at the Jesuit University of Georgetown, Catholic religious symbols near the podium were covered “to provide a standard presidential background.” In the speech, the president quoted Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. (CNS News)
“People behind the chain email ... about ... the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission — as in omitting facts” (Politifact). Presidents have options on the Day of Prayer: Reagan held only one; H.W. Bush, one; Clinton, none. President Obama proclaimed National Days of Prayer in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Obama, like other modern presidents (including Reagan), mistakenly referred to the words on the Seal of the United States — e pluribus unum — as the national motto. Though often cited, the Latin phrase has not been designated as the national motto, which is “In God We Trust.” (Politico)
Finally, the Scriptures admonish us to respect government authorities “for it is God who has put them in positions of authority” (Romans 13:1-3).