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Thursday, June 12, 2008

New Barack Obama Website Called Fight The Smears

Yesterday I wrote about the new team that the Barack Obama campaign was building to counter internet rumor as well as deal with inconvenient truths, by way of offering the "party line" on how to counter the rumors or the damaging truths.

Today the site went online and it is called Fight The Smears. It encourages people to sign up, read what they write and then go help spread the word.

For example, one of the posts on that fightthesmears website is "Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian".

While it is true Obama is a Christian, as evidenced by the 16+ years he spent listening the Jeremiah Wright anti-American, racist rants from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ... there is a dispute about the claims that he "has never been a Muslim".

As is explored in detail on Daniel Pipes’s website, Obama was enrolled at his primary schools in Indonesia as a Muslim; he attended the mosque during that period; his friends from that time testify that he was a devout Muslim boy. A former teacher at one of these schools, Tine Hahiyary, remembers a young Obama who was quite religious and actively took part in ‘mengaji’ classes which teach how to read the Koran in Arabic. The blogger from Indonesia who reported this commented:

‘Mengagi’ is a word and a term that is accorded the highest value and status in the mindset of fundamentalist societies here in Southeast Asia. To put it quite simply, "mengaji classes" are not something that a non practicing or so-called moderate Muslim family would ever send their child to... The fact that Obama had attended mengaji classes is well known in Indonesia and has left many there wondering just when Obama is going to come out of the closet.

Half the truth told by the new Obama website, the other half not told....which is typical of politicians and shows there is no "change we can believe in" and never was.

More from Time, Pittsburgh Tribune, The Spectator, and AP.