Half Truths – The anatomy of a smear

I recently received the following email.

Subject: Barack Obama and the Trinity Church of Christ

Obama mentioned his church during his appearance with Oprah. It’s the Trinity Church of Christ. I found this interesting. Obama’s church: Please read and go to this church’s website and read what is written there. It is very alarming. Barack Obama is a member of this church and is running for President of the U.S. If you look at the first page of their website, you will learn that this congregation has a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. No where is AMERICA even mentioned. Notice too, what color you will need to be if you should want to join Obama’s church… B-L-A-C-K!!! Doesn’t look like his choice of religion has improved much over his (former?) Muslim upbringing. Are you aware that Obama’s middle name is Mohammed? Strip away his nice looks, the big smile and smooth talk and what do you get? Certainly a racist, as plainly defined by the stated position of his church! And possibly a covert worshiper of the Muslim faith, even today. This guy desires to rule over America while his loyalty is totally vested in a Black Africa! I cannot believe this has not been all over the TV and newspapers. This is why it is so important to pass this message along to all of our family & friends. To think that Obama has even the slightest chance in the run for the presidency, is really scary. Click on the link below: This is the web page for the church Barack Obama belongs to: www.tucc.org/about.htm

My response:

To the many forwarders of the orig “Barack Obama and the Trinity Church of Christ” email:

I am not a Barack Obama supporter by any stretch of the imagination but I would like to point out some grievous errors of fact and perception in the forwarded article.

1. Barack Obama’s middle name is Hussein, not Mohammed. Btw, did you have any choice in your given name? Me neither.

2. Many Black Churches are unapologetically in support of Africa. Whether I disagree or agree I must say that this is not different than most protestants unabashed support of Israel, or Boston Catholics being very pro-Ireland. Sure one could argue that their support of a certain area/people is based upon religious or cultural belief but wouldn’t that be the exact stance of the Trinity Church of Christ.

The quote from their site says” We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian…” It seems quite convenient to me that they use the reference to Africa to show his Muslim side but the 2nd part of the church motto isn’t quoted.

3. As for having to be black to be a member of that church… I know of Bible believing Missionary Baptist churches in rural Arkansas that in the last 10 years have formally removed a practice that if a black person came forward to join that services would be immediately dismissed and the person would be directed to a black church. I dare say that there are still many churches Protestant & Baptist alike that “prefer whites” in the congregation. Not to mention the snopes article notes that nonBlacks are enthusiastically welcomed.

There are plenty of reasons not to elect Obama. His views and inexperience provide ample opportunity for public criticism without the need to purport half truths.

John 8:31-3 …”If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” NASB

I wonder how many of the original readers of the email will forward this.

PS: Googling the facts of this email took all of 2 minutes, for more click here

This sort of rubbish burns me up.

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