Alan Keyes wants Americans to embrace “synoptic thinking.” Synoptic means “seeing apparently distinct things or events as they relate to one another to form, on the whole, a coherent plan, pattern or design.” So he lists a bunch of points that he labels “data” and tries to draw a connection. I’m sure you’ll be shocked at the connections he draws.
Data: Obama issues orders to allow open homosexuality in the military.
Nope. False. Obama did not issue an order to do this, Congress passed a law that did this.
Data: An anti-Christian extremist, who decries Christian military personnel who share their faith as “enemies of the Constitution,” “virulently homophobic” and “human monsters,” meets Obama-appointed Pentagon officials. The Pentagon thereafter issues “a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith.”
Also false and debunked repeatedly.
Data: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., says he believes open purchase orders from the Department of Homeland Security to buy over 1 billion rounds of ammunition are part of an “intentional” effort by the Obama administration to “dry up the market” for gun-owning citizens.
Data: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin believes the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.”
Keyes looked up the definition of synoptic; he clearly needs to look up data too. These are not “data” they are idiotic conspiracy theories that have been disproved even by the NRA, for crying out loud.
Consider the different pieces of information provided above. Taken as discrete bits of information, the reports about the possible prosecution of evangelistic Christians in the military and about GOP quislings on the issue of same-sex marriage might be mistaken for separate and discrete episodes. People concerned about the free exercise of religion may be prodded by the first. People concerned about the nature and integrity of family life may be poked by the second. But then we notice that the person attacking Christian evangelizers in the military seeks to label them as “virulently homophobic.” The salience of this attack draws on the moral capital created by the success of the movement to destigmatize homosexuality and demonize those who disapprove of it. The push for same-sex marriage is the cutting edge of that movement. It creates an important component of the moral ammunition being fired off against Christians in the military.
This is wingnut thinking on clear display — start with a bunch of fake “facts” and then build a conspiracy theory around them.
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