Despair is often the crucible wherein hope is born. Christianists, led by one Janet Folger of a far-right group called Faith2Action, are clinging to what they believe is a ray of hope, an exit from the darkness of the rubble that tumbled over them with the election of Barack Obama.
That ray of hope takes shape in their befuddled minds with the chance, the possibility, that Barack Obama is not what he claims to be - a citizen of the United States. Aha! If only! His election would be invalid.
Thus Folger, scratching and clawing her way up through the murk, says "There are critical issues that need to be resolved before the Electoral College makes the election official in mid-December. Faith2Action has placed a full page ad in next Monday's issue of The Washington Times National Weekly ..."
Actually, Folger is concerned about one issue, Obama's "real" citizenship. So the ad asks if the President-elect was born in Kenya; or "Is he really a citizen of Indonesia? ...
"...a growing number of American citizens are demanding answers to these critical questions," says she. "...It's our hope that the American people will rise up and call for Congressional hearings and immediate court action to avoid a Constitutional crisis."
This is all nonsense, of course. The matter of Barack Obama's birth was settled long ago.
But this mini-crusade on the part of a few extremist Christianists devoted to nonsensical conspiracy theories is a depressing reminder of how insanity dressed in robes of faux righteousness is still pervasive among a segment of our population.
Faith2Action can be accessed here, if you can stand the stink.