A guy I worked with just loves to send me stories he obviously gets from Fox news because he knows I don't agree. I usually ignore them, but sometimes, I feel the need to debunk them. He never acknowledges my replies, but I know they really get under his skin because he really wants to believe everything bad he hears and reads about President Obama, no matter how outrageous. He tenaciously clings to his opinions even when faced with facts to the contrary, you know, like Rick Santorum.
The latest outrageous story being e-mailed around the internet claims that Pres. Obama, through the State Department, has been sending millions to the Middle East for the refurbishment of Mosques. This happens to be partially correct. The rest of the story is that way back in late 2000, while Bill Clinton was in office, Congress created a program to help Mosques and Christian churches in the Middle East in their refurbishing efforts after natural disasters, such as floods, etc. It was designed to preserve historic buildings, as a cultural program to further good-will. The program was actually put into effect by George W. Bush, and yes, millions were donated.
So, as I told my conservative friend, as much as he might want to believe the story as reported by an Atlanta news program, President Obama actually had nothing to do with the program. But, Congress may well vote to defund the program as they try to find ways to save money.
My friend could save himself and me a lot of unnecessary aggravation if he would just check out these frankly unbelievable stories. But, he won't. He might learn the truth, and that's the last thing he wants.