NewsMax and WorldNutDaily really are having an impact among the Teabircher crowd, which has now successfully substituted Muslim conspiracy theories in place of the worn-out Communist ones. WND has gone so far as to demand a sample of DNA from President Obama to prove he came from his own parents.
Man, here I thought that with Nazi re-enacters, witches, and teabaggers insisting they have a higher security clearance than the Commander in Chief, we had reached as low and as ridiculous as we could possibly get. How sad that reality proved to be so much worse than my pessimism:
Someone sent me a link to this article on the website of something called the Western Center for Journalism. I was hardly surprised, after I read the article, to find out that this organization was founded by Joseph Farah. They're going beyond even birtherism and demanding Obama's DNA:
This includes the determination of his actual identity, which requires genetic analysis. I started my investigation and analysis by deeming nearly every assertion as open to question, including the claimed identity of Mr. Obama's parents. A certificate that a child was born to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama in Honolulu on 4 August 1961 might be true; but, assuming it's true, it does not necessarily follow that Mr. Obama is that child. Whether he is or not requires genetic analysis.
::head desk:: Check the link, because it gets so much better. One of the commenters ponders if Obama's father isn't actually...wait for it...Malcolm X.
God, I wish I was kidding.
Now we have a new one. Fears of Sharia Law in America Grow Among Conservatives
The rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in America has brought with it a wave of largely-unsubstantiated suggestions from conservative media commentators and politicians that America is at risk of falling under the sway of Sharia law.
First, a definition: Sharia law is strict Islamic law. It is designed to guide devout Muslims in their personal and professional dealings, and has been used by the Taliban and others to justify limits on women's rights and harsh punishments, including amputation and stoning. (It is open to interpretation, however; here's a helpful backgrounder from the Council on Foreign Relations.)
Last week, Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle invoked Sharia law when asked about "Muslims wanting to take over the United States."
"They are building mosques all over the place," the questioner told Angle. "They want to build one near [ground zero]. And they seem to be getting their way. On a TV program just last night I saw that they are taking over a city in Michigan."
After stating that the "militant terrorist situation" in question "isn't a widespread thing," Angle said this: "First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States."
"It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States," she added.
The John Birch Society was big on insane conspiracy theories and they were a huge obstacle in the fight for the heart and soul of the Conservative movement when the NRO thought they were the legitimate thinkers that should support Barry Goldwater. Hannity and the right wing talkers waste no time in giving every sick conspiracy a huge platform as long as it will elect more teabaggers and eliminate liberals.
Byron Williams thought the same thing only he armed himself to implement FOX News propaganda driven nonsense. Remember what Williams said?
Some right-wing wacko will act out in the same fashion because he thinks he'll have to pray five times a day.