[Photo of Jan Markell at a conference with Joseph Farah]
Onenewsnow is "Christian" news organization, owned and operated by the American Family Association's "news network." The American Family Association, founded by Don Wildmon, a freaky Methodist preacher and now run by his son, Tim, is most famous for boycotting every company and organization that dares to contradict the radical rightwingnut christianist views of the AFA. The AFA is perhaps best known for trying to bring down companies that grant equal rights to gays/lesbians.
With that in mind, one would expect that people who work for Onenewsnow would not hesitate to tell tall tales if such tales would enhance their ability to impose their christianist agenda on the citizens of the United States and bring down our president, Barack Obama.
Chad Groening in an article titled "President's sentiments on mosque made clear," quotes a woman he claims to be "A Messianic Jewish leader and supporter of Israel [who] thinks President Obama's recent comments clearly illustrate his sentiments are with Islam -- just as he promised in his book The Audacity of Hope."
This Messianic Jewish leader is Jan Markell, who runs Olive Tree Ministries. (You can get a better feel for what she is about if you know she associates with Joseph Farah, the batshit crazy editor of WorldNet Daily!) She has the audacity to say (as do rightwing christianist websites all over the Internet) that Obama wrote this in "one of his books":
"When ill wind blows, I will always stand with the Muslims."
Note, however, that Groening references an "editor's note" - "Actual quote: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds whift in an ugly direction.'"
That's not the actual quote either. Groening's a liar, too!
Markell, liar that she is, goes on to try to smooth things over a tad: "I am not one who is saying that Barack Obama is a Muslim; we don't know that. But the fact is his sentiment is with the Muslims of the world, and his sentiment is with the Muslims of Manhattan. I'm quite sure that he would be very okay with a mosque just a stones-throw away from 9/11."
What a witch, this Markell. Yes, we do. in fact, know of Obama's religious faith: He is a Christian. A practicing Christian! As far as his "sentiment" about Muslims, well, this is just simply stupid. As president of our very large and very diverse country which is comprised of a multitude of races and ethnic groups and religions, his sentiment must be with all of them and each of them! That's what a president does, if he or she is any damn good!
But neither Markell or Groening care for truth! It isn't difficult to look up the quote in Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope, to find out if, indeed, he really said that. The full quote is on page 261:
"Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from their neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political wings shift in an ugly direction."
Now, if you can find a more perfect and beautiful sentiment by an American president on how to deal with threatened minorities, I'd like to see it. This is what leadership is about. This is what it means to care about ALL the people in our country.
You may remember the story of Peter denying his Lord three times in the courtyard the night of Jesus' trial as told by the anonymous writer of the gospel of John. Peter was afraid for his life. He had a reason.
Markell, Groening and all the other cutthroat christianist asshats who continue to misquote and thus libel our president have no excuse. They continually deny their Lord for their own gain and dream of political power!