Rep. Agema peddles myths about Obama on Facebook page

Posted on: May 25th, 2011 by The American Independent 2 Comments

Image by Matt MahurinRep. Dave Agema is using his Facebook page to pass along half-truths, myths and long-discredited or never documented claims about President Obama. On his Facebook page currently, he says:

Obama wants Israel to go back to 1967 boundaries ( bad mistake) Obama won’t acknowledge the National Day of Prayer but allows Muslims to pary (sic) on the step of the capitol (very enlightening), now on Egyptian TV he says he’s a Muslim according to some sources. Here he says he’s a Christian. We’re in trouble folks if this is true.

One subject at a time:

1. Israel’s borders. As Jeffrey Goldberg pointed out after the president’s major speech on Israel last week, Obama’s position is no different from that of the previous two presidents:

I’m amazed at the amount of insta-commentary out there suggesting that the President has proposed something radical and new by declaring that Israel’s 1967 borders should define — with land-swaps — the borders of a Palestinian state. I’m feeling a certain Groundhog Day effect here. This has been the basic idea for at least 12 years. This is what Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat were talking about at Camp David, and later, at Taba. This is what George W. Bush was talking about with Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. So what’s the huge deal here? Is there any non-delusional Israeli who doesn’t think that the 1967 border won’t serve as the rough outline of the new Palestinian state?

It may or may not be a bad idea, but it’s hardly a new or surprising one. This has been the position of the U.S. government for a long time.

2. Obama won’t acknowledge the National Day of Prayer. This is simply false. As every president has for as long as anyone can remember, President Obama issued a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer. In fact, it was less than three weeks ago, on May 5, that this event took place. He also participates every year in the National Prayer Breakfast in February. You can read his remarks and see video of his talk from this year’s prayer breakfast here.

3. Obama “allows Muslims to pray on the steps of the capitol.” Agema says this is “very enlightening.” But in fact it has nothing at all to do with the president. No one has to ask the president’s permission to hold an event or a rally at the capitol building, something he has absolutely no control over. In fact, as a traditional public forum, the federal government is absolutely forbidden from preventing any organization from holding an event at the capitol building based on the content of their speech. One wonders why Rep. Agema didn’t criticize President George W. Bush for starting the practice of holding official White House dinners to celebrate Ramadan rather than using this specious argument to condemn President Obama.

4. Obama says he’s a Muslim on Egyptian TV. This is an old and absurd myth that, quite frankly, should be beneath the level of an elected official to pass on. It’s been debunked again and again and again.

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