Politifact gives Conservative PAC a Smackdown


Newspapers in the battleground states of Florida and Ohio were riddled with ads from the conservative political action committee Government is Not God claiming the darndest things. Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize winning factcheck website, took notice and essentially gave what can only be described as a serious smackdown.

Founded in 1992 by William  Murray, the current chairmen of the Religious Freedom Coalition, the Government is Not God’s mission, as outlined on its website, seeks to ensure, “…the election to Congress of men and women who hold conservative beliefs on both moral and economic issues.” Those who seek the PAC’s support, “…must complete a questionnaire concerning their stand on issues such as abortion, gambling, drug use, home schooling, school prayer, property rights, Second Amendment rights, welfare, defense and taxation.

In essence, the group that was founded by the leader of the Religious Freedom Coalition seeks to place only those candidates into Congress who adhere solely to their religious and conservative values disregarding others who may subscribe to a different set of beliefs and values. How does this foster the freedom of religion and expression we all are supposed to enjoy in this country if Congress is populated by representatives who adhere to a narrow, singular set of beliefs? The irony displayed here was a bit befuddling and was worth drawing attention to.

The claims presented in the various newspaper advertisements were even more confounding as they painted a layered portrait of the invented Obama many in the conservative voting public have come to believe exists.  While these may produce bouts of laughter from the common-sense minded it’s also rather disturbing when one realizes how many truly accept all this as the god’s honest fact. Is this not an exemplary illustration of the factless environment in which politics of the United States currently resides.

“Barack Hussein Obama will … force doctors to assist homosexuals in buying surrogate babies.”

“Barack Hussein Obama will .. force Christian organizations to pay for abortions.”

Obama is only president in history who has deliberately removed the words “endowed by their Creator” when referring to the Declaration of Independence.

“Barack Hussein Obama will … force local authorities to allow Occupy protesters to live in parks.”

“Barack Hussein Obama will … force Christian schools to hire non-Christian teachers.”

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7 Comments to “Politifact gives Conservative PAC a Smackdown”

  1. I find it interesting that Christians have guidance from God or the Bible on “Second Amendment Rights.” And didn’t Jesus essentially say “pay your taxes” in “render unto Caeser that which is Caeser’s” refrring to the coinage that taxes were required to be paid in.

    It sounds very much as these people have made a big bundle of their preferences and prejudices and then painted them “divinely inspired.”

  2. Being in Ohio, I have seen many ads from the SuperPACS ….. and it’s the MUTE button for me.

    • Frank> Probably a wise strategy. Maybe that’s why Obama is ahead there… there’s a lot of people like you who are tuning out the negative ad rhetoric.

      • Ohio is a bizarre state … north is different than south … east is different than west. Otherwise, who knows … but there still is a month to go … but voting has started.

      • That gets me too, this WAY early voting. I mean evetually there’s going to be states starting in January. Why both have the offical day in November if they’re so eager to get started? I liken this to the instant gratification mentality we have today. No patience at all.

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