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But the "explanation" given in the email, and I quote,Don't you just love the choice of words?: "fellow Muslim" and "Post America (sic) means the world after America" and "our beloved America". Don't you just love how these folks check their facts and make a pretzel look straight?
"The name of the book Obama is reading is called: The Post-American World, and it was written by a fellow Muslim. "Post" America means the world After America ! Please forward this picture to everyone you know, conservative or liberal. We must expose Obama's radical ideas and his intent to bring down our beloved America ! "
Well, I was ready for bed and had been dozing off a bit 'till I read that email. It curdled my blood and curled my hair all right, but for a very different reason than intended by the intrusive missive. I decided to check the facts for myself. Wikipedia was informative, and gave a great deal of information about the book, its thesis and the author. If anything the book is PRO-AMERICA! and not at all what the email wants you to believe! It was late, but I emailed the page to all recipients anyway and went to bed a little shaky.
It's been bothering me all day. Using the internet to disseminate information is nobel, but using it to disseminate mis-information is downright:
1. an evil deed: wicked, bad, wrong, immoral, sinful, foul, vile,dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, reprobate, villainous,nefarious, vicious, malicious; malevolent, sinister, demonic, devilish,diabolical, fiendish, dark; monstrous, shocking, despicable, atrocious,heinous, odious, contemptible, horrible, execrable; informal lowdown,dirty. .
How can people be so IGNORANT? Why do others just believe what they read? Why do they insist on spreading lies and hatred. What would be the point?
I did get two replies, one from someone I don't know who bandied "free speech" around like it was permission to be ignorant; the other was from another, more enlightened relative who was as offended as I was. Thank god.
There, I feel a little better now.