WND does it again in a June 7 article hyperbolically claiming that "The Hawaiian certification of live birth Barack Obama posted on his campaign website and distributed to select news organizations as proof he was a 'natural born citizen' would not be accepted as a 'birth certificate' even for some Hawaiian state government eligibility issues" -- though WND names exactly one issue for which that is the case, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. At no point does WND explain what the program does: lease lands to those of "native Hawaiian" ancestry. That is, "any descendant of not less than one-half part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778."
That is not a program Obama would be applying for, since we know his ancestry is not native Hawaiian, so whether his birth certificate is sufficient to apply for the program is irrelevant.
But that's not the lie. This is:
Obama's "citizenship" was never the question raised during the campaign or after the election. The issue raised by WND has consistently been that Obama failed to prove he was actually born in Hawaii and thus constitutionally qualified to become president as a "natural born citizen" – which requires that the birth took place in the United States.
Bull, bull, bull. If you're questioning whether Obama is a "natural born citizen," you're questioning his citizenship. And let's look in the WND archive to see how much WND is unconcerned with "citizenship":
- Join exploding demand for citizenship documentation
- Will Supremes review citizenship arguments?
- Supremes to review citizenship arguments
- Lawsuit contesting Obama citizenship continues
- Print, TV ads demand citizenship proof from Obama
- Obama, DNC elude citizenship lawsuit deadline
- 2nd lawsuit challenges Obama's citizenship
Indeed, a search for "Obama citizenship" in the WND database returns 304 entries. Does that sound like citizenship "was never the question" for WND?