Friday, January 14, 2005
More bogus Christian "persecution".
Ironically, I was going to come back to this recent bit of news fluff but Media Matters, bless their little hearts, saved me the trouble.
The story here was that, just before Thanksgiving, the right-wing echo chamber started promoting the story that a Christian high school teacher in Cupertino was banned from handing out the Declaration of Independence just because that document contained the phrase "our creator". And, my, oh my, did they get mileage out of it. Not surprisingly, it turns out to have been a total myth, as you can read here.
And on top of that, can someone explain why they'd invite serial adulterer Newt Gingrich to talk about anything related to Christian values?
By the way: It's worth pointing out a nasty little twist to this myth that didn't get as much attention as it should have. You'll notice in MM's article that the original Reuters news release discussing this story was back on Nov. 24, 2004. Notice anything interesting about that date?
That's right -- it's the day before American Thanksgiving. It's painfully obvious that this charade was very carefully orchestrated to pump this story into the airwaves just as everyone was getting ready to travel, so that there would be precious little time to refute it until after the holidays. On top of that, this maximized the likelihood of having family members sitting around the dinner table, with perhaps conservative Dad railing at more mainstream or liberal son or daughter home from college about how those damned liberal, atheist bastards couldn't even tolerate the Declaration of Independence, and poor son or daughter, sitting there, thinking, "What the $%#%$# is he talking about?"
It's exactly the same strategy as the Bush administration always releasing bad news on Friday afternoon, after everyone's buggered off for the weekend. Oh, yes, this was all carefully planned. These things don't happen by accident.