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Monday, August 10, 2009
A 'Blood Libel' Against Birthers?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We had previously asked WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah to address the possibility, if not fact, that some of his fellow birthers are motivated by racism. Farah finally did so, in his Aug. 7 column. But he did so in a most tin-ear kind of way -- by claiming "The only evidence of racism in that election was among black voters who cast 95 percent of their ballots for Obama. The white candidate received only 51 percent of the white vote."

Needless to say, Farah refused to admit any racist motivation not only in himself but in any fellow birther or even any critic of Obama:

I guess now we're supposed to believe that in the last eight months, white Americans have reverted to their old racist ways again. Now they're trying to rid themselves of the black guy they mistakenly elected last November by coming up with an excuse.


I think the real racists are those who see only in black and white – the people who are so self-conscious about race that it explains everything for them, people who can't stop looking at race, who can never get beyond it and who hurl the most vicious invectives rather than resort to logic and reasoning.

Farah curiously ignores the spate of racist emails targeting Obama -- even some sent by law enforcement officers -- which looks like de facto evidence of racism to us. It's curious that Farah won't investigate this with the tenacity he has reserved with, say, Obama's birth certificate.

Even more curious is the headline Farah stuck on his column: "The blood libels against 'birthers.'" As Wikipedia tells us (even if Farah wouldn't approve of our using that source), "Blood libels are false and sensationalized allegations that a person or group engages in human sacrifice, often accompanied by the claim that the blood of the victims is used in various rituals and/or acts of cannibalism." They have been most notoriously used against Jews.

Is Farah saying that people are claiming that birthers engage in human sacrifice? Or are all somehow Jews? We don't get it.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:10 AM EDT

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