Phyllis Schlafly: Obama Wants to Make This a Godless Nation

You know how President Obama has given millions of dollars to religious groups?

You know how he invited Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation address at his inauguration?

You know how he urged the Democrats to put the word “God” back into the party’s platform?

You know how he speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast?

Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative anti-feminist activist, must have missed every single one of those memos because she went on Mike Huckabee‘s show a couple of weeks ago to explain to the world how Obama wants to make America Godless:

One example? Obama’s 2011 Thanksgiving address where he didn’t mention God. (Because not mentioning God, to her, is the same thing as pushing atheism. Schlafly is the sort of person who will claim you hate cats because you don’t have any in your home.)

Oh, he mentioned the words “faith,” “brother’s keeper,” “sister’s keeper,” and “blessings”… but NO GOD!

Mind you, Obama mentioned God (by name) in both his 2009 and 2010 Thanksgiving addresses… and keep in mind that neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Santorum mentioned God in their 2011 Thanksgiving addresses, either. But why let facts like those get in the way?!

What other “evidence” does Schlafly have?

She says Obama told military families they were not allowed to bring Bibles to Walter Reed Hospital when visiting their loved ones. Even though Obama didn’t issue that order and the person who did quickly rescinded it because that wasn’t the true intention of the policy.

But, if you’re Schlafly, why would you mention that? You have a book to sell!

NewsHounds points out the problems with Schlafly’s additional lies:

Schlafly continues her demonization (pun intended) of Obama by predicting that he will continue to work with those evil and the evil ACLU to “get rid of all the 10 Commandments pictures and monuments” (she didn’t reference any specifics) and crosses that honor veterans (popular Fox motif). She alluded to a case involving how Obama tried to stop a valedictorian from thanking God. (If that’s the Texas case, covered by Fox, the suit was filed by private citizens.) She then accused Obama of trying to stop children from singing Christmas carols. (WTF!!!???) The chyron presented, as Fox fact, “War on Religious Freedom.” She lied about how Obama demanded that Jesus’ initials be covered, during his speech at Georgetown, because “he didn’t want to see it.” The truth is that his staff requested that the religious sign because they wanted to have only a background of flags for the purposes of the TV production. Meanwhile the “IHS” were in 26 places in the rest of the hall.”

This is what Christian conservatives do to maintain their power. They know the people who actually take them seriously are too gullible to factcheck anything they say, so they keep spewing the same lies, hoping they’ll eventually sink in. Hell, they repeat the lies so many times that they start believing their own bullshit. It becomes a feedback loop — your theory’s in place and you’ll grasp for straws looking for anything to support it, even things that are demonstrably untrue.

Schlafly isn’t interested in the truth. She’s interested only in her conspiracy theories. And people have praised her so often that she figures she must be onto something. It’s not just self-delusion, it’s the delusion she passes along to anyone who listens to her, nodding and getting angry, not realizing there are alternative explanations to the one she provides.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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