Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Taking Issue with the Slanderers - Part one

I received a friend’s expressions of deep concern about President Barak Obama’s executive orders which some American political bloggers are associating with an Islamic lover’s agenda. I immediately began doing research to gather evidence to support my belief that Obama’s administration is one of integrity.

The communication that initiated the worry came from the keyboard of Kim Priestap. She wrote the following title, ‘Obama Signs Presidential Determination Allowing Palestinians Loyal to Hamas to Resettle In US.’ To support her contention she cited this link in the government’s own federal registry of legislative orders, She can be read at

I don’t know Kim Priestap at all but as I investigated her claims I came across countless other end times blogs and sites that have jumped on the same issue that caused her indignation. What disturbed me was the discovery that she appears to have plagiarized. Her piece contains verbatim the prose of a comment by an online name called crmann who wrote precisely what Priestap wrote as if it was her own.
* His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
* His first one on one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
* He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.
* He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
* He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11.
* Today we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.
Anyone else seeing a pattern here?

At times some of us will want to take issue with some of the Obama administration positions that touch upon moral principles and biblical directives. For instance yesterday Obama reversed the Bush administration ban on stem cell research. Some will find that morally repugnant. However, he is keeping a campaign promise in so ordering and we should be pleased that one of the early hallmarks of the Obama administration is transparency and disclosure. Read his commitment below.
In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government… All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open Government… The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.”

So for that reason the Obama administration informs the people of such areas as his or his administration’s approach to abortion rights, and gay marriages and other important moral issues. Americans who object to something should voice their objection and the confidence he is extending presently is that he and his authorized committees will listen. But he is governing a pluralistic society and conservative values will not always, in fact may seldom win the day.

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