The title of this article says it all. My reason for it will come later. I am offended, disgusted really, that it even needs saying, let alone that it needs to be said as many times as it already has, so I can't begin to fathom how Barack Obama must feel, but here it is:

BARACK OBAMA USED A BIBLE WHEN HE WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE...

I repeat, BARACK OBAMA WAS NOT SWORN IN WITH A KORAN...

and because 3rd time's the charm, BARACK OBAMA WAS SWORN INTO THE UNITED STATES SENATE WITH HIS HAND ON A BIBLE, NOT ON A KORAN.

It was in fact, his own Bible! The photo:

Obama sworn in with a Bible

And just in case you missed it...

Obama sworn in with a Bible

Now let's hear it in Barack's own words:

also, BARACK OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM

I believe the name you are looking for is Keith Ellison, the Representative from Minnesota. Keith Ellison? Check! Muslim? Check! Sworn in on the Koran? Check! And it was Thomas Jefferson's Koran? Check! Check? Check!

The contradictions and hypocrisy of the right wing are astonishing. How can you criticize Barack Obama for his Christian Reverend's statements and yet still call him a Muslim? You're talking out of both sides of your mouth. So which is it? Because you can't have it both ways.

Don't believe me? Fair enough, I didn't think you would anyway. Unlike the mudslingers, I'm listing my sources, first and foremost - Factcheck.org. An excerpt of their Mission Statement:

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

That's right, nonpartisan. No political affiliation. They will and do call "bullshit!" on members of all parties.

Another source...yes, I checked in multiple places, was Politifact.com, a contemporary of Factcheck.org.

The Obama/Koran Myth was also proven flase in the Washington Post, as well as being debunked on rumor killing website Snopes.com.

The problem is that non-partisanship is an abstract notion to those already inclined to believe the hate mongers perpetrating these profound falsehoods. As a result these people refuse to seek out the truth and in turn remain ignorant to the facts.

There's no honest mistake that was made here. There's not a misunderstanding, or misreading of the facts. These are blatant and outright lies.

These lies would be equivalent to me claiming that the reason John McCain was held captive in Vietnam is because he was caught flaying and roasting still living native infants.

That's a pretty inflammatory remark wouldn't you agree?

What these Obama rumors do are no different. They pander to the fears of these, here I suffer repetition and sacrifice originality to the god of conciseness, they pander to the fears of these, once again, ignorant citizens.

Now it all comes full circle see, I am related to several of these ignoramuses. The leader of their tribe is my Uncle Ralph+. It all came to a boil last night at Yom Kippur dinner, the breaking of the fast. A tradition reserved from remembering those no longer with us while dually welcoming in the Jewish New Year.

It had been simmering for about a week now ever since he learned that my brother Jeff has shown his support for Barack Obama by affixing a bumper sticker to the back of his whip, that's car to you. Appalled, Uncle Ralph continually pledged to tear the bumper sticker off.

Well, dinner was at Uncle Ralph's house, which Jeff drove his ride to, again that's car to you. So Uncle Ralph proclaims at the dinner table "aha Jeffrey, so you drove here. I'll go pull that sticker off your car now," and on and on and on it went.

I think one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives, and mind you I'm a liberal, so I'm more that likely biased, but one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives is a liberal's reluctance to speak on a topic they're not certain about. Conservatives have no such qualms about truth or facts. This is in large part the reason for the mainly one-sided, right towards left, mudslinging.

When Uncle Ralph, for the umpteenth time in the past week stated, as fact mind you, that Barack Obama had been sworn in with a Koran, neither I, nor Jeff protested. We simply didn't know for sure. We didn't think it was true, and we both knew about his Christian Pastor, but we, or at least I was giving my Uncle Ralph the benefit of the doubt and did not assume he was a bald faced liar. Though Uncle Ralph's proclamation, in an attempt to defend his love affair with our current Commander in Chief, that he didn't care how much less his house was now worth, nor did he care how much money he'd lost in the stock market under the watchful eye of Dubya, should have tipped me off to his duplicitousness.

Suffice it to say, the night erupted in cross-table yelling and partisan defense, with Uncle Ralph coming nowhere near close to matching wits with yours truly. And it escalated to me exercising my only option, short of telling Uncle Ralph to shut the fuck up, of getting up and walking out.

But this, this right here, this article you're reading is where it ended. I came home and searched out the truth. Did Barack Obama really get sworn in on the Koran? OF FUCKING COURSE HE DID NOT!

I just felt I had to do my small part in setting the record straight. I only wish the Koran Myth was the worst of the allegations and assertion's tossed around by my family last night.

It ends as it began...

*sigh

- Lenny

+names have been changed to protect the ignorant