Drudge Will Lie about Obvious Shit, as It’s Universally Understood

19Aug10

I’ve been going after Drudge a lot here recently. While Drudge may not get quite the same play as Fox does, he, in no small part, is very responsible for Republican agenda. Something that appears on the Drudge Report will, the next day, dominate cable news and a lot of other mainstream outlets. In his theme of “Obama’s looking really Muslim” today, which is well-timed to the Downtown Islamic center controversy, he posts this headline:

NYT FLASHBACK: 'As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood'...

Let’s for one second ignore the irony in the right-wing largely believing that Muslims want to institute Sharia law against our will, and yet the same right-wing apparently wants to use a law of Islam to deem Obama a Muslim. Instead, let’s click the link….

That’s funny, it’s an opinion piece. Surely this piece will adhere to the opinion that Obama is a Muslim, and will endanger us by allowing a Muslim takeover…right? From the Drudge excerpted headline onward:

As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him.

His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).

With few exceptions, the jurists of all Sunni and Shiite schools prescribe execution for all adults who leave the faith not under duress; the recommended punishment is beheading at the hands of a cleric, although in recent years there have been both stonings and hangings. (Some may point to cases in which lesser punishments were ordered — as with some Egyptian intellectuals who have been punished for writings that were construed as apostasy — but those were really instances of supposed heresy, not explicitly declared apostasy as in Senator Obama’s case.)

Instead, the piece states the rather dumb (but opposite) opinion that Muslims actually want to kill Obama for walking away from Islam.

We know now (even if this was obvious before) that this is not the case, and much of the so-called Muslim world’s anger with Obama is for failing to make progress on a two state solution and killing civilians in Afghanistan.

It should not be this easy to refute these lies. Then again, it seems like more and more this country has no interest in even clicking a link.

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One Response to “Drudge Will Lie about Obvious Shit, as It’s Universally Understood”

  1. 1 Cloudy McNoggin

    There is some blame to be placed on the media as well. Legitimate sources, most notably the Associated Press, are fanning the flames of this growing fire.

    And when they break a piece, as they did today, on the percentage of Americans who believe the President is Muslim, as well as the even greater number who ‘aren’t sure,’ they are instigating dialogue intended to excite rather than educate.

    The reports may be well-written and researched, A.P. has the most rigorous fact-checking system in the media, but they’ve learned how the internet works.

    It’s all about the headline and the first paragraph.

    Do you know what I’ve found effective in slowing them down in my increasingly more common visits to that bastion of hate, intolerance and fear known as the Yahoo Comment Board?

    Appeal to their manhood.

    There’s a word I’ve found that when positioned properly acts like a dagger in deflating their misguided rage.

    Coward.


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