Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked "Birther" ClaimsApril 27, 2011
Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is entitled "Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked 'Birther' Claims." It deals with an interview Graham gave on Easter Sunday in which he questioned if President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and if Obama is really a Christian. Coincidentally, just after my article went up, the White House released Obama's long-form birth certificate (he had long ago released the short-form version but had to get an exception to state law to release the long-form). This once again proved what had already been repeatedly proven--that Obama was born in Hawaii and not in Kenya (or on Mars). Perhaps even more surprising than Graham jumping on the "birther" argument was that Obama released the certificate. After all, it will not stop the most hardened "birthers" who will never accept that he is legitimately president (in fact, some of the top "birthers" have already spoken out today continuing their conspiracy theories). Instead, what this does is legitimatize the questions and attacks on him--as if "birthers" were right that he needed to release it. Yet, many Republican presidential hopefuls have not released their birth certificates and have not also been faced with these questions. This is why Jesse Jackson and others argue that racism is what is motivating the "birther" claims. It does seem that for some there is nothing Obama could do to remove questions other than going back into time and making his dad a white American. Hopefully, however, this will allow most Americans to finally move on to more important issues. And hopefully the media will take Obama's scolding this morning and stop focusing so much on dumb issues like this (otherwise what's next, giving tons of attention to anyone claiming without evidence that Martians shot JFK?).
Hopefully, Graham will now apologize for pushing "birther" claims. Unfortunately, however, he seems to be trying to play a clever game of undermining his political enemies without being as blunt and crazy as Donald Trump. In a