Anatomy of a right-wing lie

Newt Gingrich and other liars have been repeating a scurrilous story about  a judge who said that invoking the name of Christ was inappropriate but that Allah would be OK. They also refer to the judge as a woman although in fact they are talking about a man named David Hamilton.

If you look up his judgement, you’ll find (surprise!) that he said the exact opposite: that advancing the Muslim or Jewish religions would also be inappropriate but that no one had done so, whereas numerous Christian speakers had taken the opportunity to proselytise.

Ed Brayton has the story at Dispatches from the Culture Wars: “Anatomy of a right-wing lie.”

This lie was invented by the Traditional Values Coalition, run by Lou Sheldon. Isn’t it sad that they’ve made “traditional” a dirty word?


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