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Viral Email: "Wedding Ring In For Repair"

April 19, 2011 11:44 am ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs. Political Correction has written a response to the text below. Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

"Wedding Ring In For Repair"

[Note - all mistakes below are original to the text.]

Response

Hey, thanks for sending this my way.

I know there has been a lot of speculation about President Obama's background. It's perfectly normal for people for people to want to know the details of their leader's life, but often, interest in his life has turned into nonsensical conspiracy theories about his faith and upbringing.

Lots of people have convinced themselves that Obama is a Muslim despite the fact that he is clearly a Christian. For instance, Obama did an interview with Pastor Rick Warren during the campaign. During their talk, Obama said: "I believe in -- that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that I am redeemed through him. That is a source of strength and sustenance on a daily basis. Yes, I know that I don't walk alone. And I know that if I can get myself out of the way, that I can maybe carry out in some small way what he intends. And it means that those sins that I have on a fairly regular basis, hopefully will be washed away."

Don't believe me?  Read the full transcript: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0808/17/se.01.html

This email is not grounded in truth because the detail about Ramadan is just not factually accurate. In fact, there is no prohibition against wearing jewelry during the month of Ramadan or for that matter, any other month. Islam is foreign to many Americans and, unfortunately, people take advantage of the fact that not many people know enough about Islam to ascribe some pretty sensational conspiracy theories, like this whole business about not wearing jewelry during Ramadan.

It's not just me saying this. The website Snopes has also called this claim false. Check it out: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/ramadan.asp

Look, we should always expect truth and honestly from our leaders. But this sort of speculation - that's based on a rumor that isn't actually accurate to begin with - doesn't help anyone understand things better.

I hope this clears things up.



 


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