Alright, this is pissing me off. There is a meme floating around Facebook (which I have gotten to view thanks to my far-right family members) that declares that Barack Obama, that black Muslim socialist who is not REALLY an American because REAL Americans are WASPs of course, is up to his anti-Christian and un-American shenanigans again. A picture of the POTUS with his quote that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” is being shared as confirmation that this guy is the biggest American/Christian hater to ever hate. He wants to oppress Americans by implying that slander Islam is a bad thing to do! Doesn’t he KNOW that ONLY anti-Christian bigotry counts as a bigotry! If you are anti-Islam you are just expressing your God-given civil rights!
This meme is deliberately misleading to the point of an outright lie, but to no one’s surprise the far-right is running with it. The asshats haven’t been this happy since they took “you didn’t build that” out of context.
So what was the context of the quote? It was from the President’s speech to the United Nations, and here is the paragraph it came from:
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.”
Golly, it is almost like he was just making a strong statement against using other people’s religions as an excuse to dehumanize, demean, and attack them. But why talk about that when you can use misinformation to spread propaganda for political gain? It’s not the politics that chap my ass here … it is the fact it is based on untruths that is driving me apeshit.
You know what has been ignored? The fact he said this in the same damn speech:
“The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt. It must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted, “Muslims, Christians, we are one.””
My goodness, that doesn’t look like he is anti-Christian! Bet you won’t see THAT on Faux News!
There were a couple of other things I really liked in the speech, which was excellent overall, such as “The future must not belong to those who bully women. It must be shaped by girls who go to school and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons” and the massive slam against extremists, “In less than two years, we have seen largely peaceful protests bring more change to Muslim-majority countries than a decade of violence. And extremists understand this, because they have nothing to offer to improve the lives of people, violence is their only way to stay relevant. They don’t build. They only destroy.”
Now, Faux could have stuck to the truth and still slammed him for his highfalutin words not matching the fact he has left Gitmo up and running and lets drones continue to murder innocent civilians. That is what I like to call a legitimate political critique. However, Faux news doesn’t trust its viewers to be able to follow a nuanced argument, so it feeds them lies and pap and smirks at the way it has manipulated them. I despise Faux for that.
My vexation has gone to eleven.