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Letter: Defenders need better sources

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Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 8:45 am

In response to the letter from Spencer Anderson to a Mr. Fogle and Mr. Kluth: You have every right to defend your faith, but I did not appreciate you quoting Obama out of text. It is quite evident that you are a Republican and only watch FOX and Sean Hannity.

The speech Obama delivered was in June 2006. In it, he said, "We are no longer just a Christian nation, we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslin nation, a Buddhist nation and a Hindu nation and a nation of non-believers."

Of course when Hannity aired it he left out the most important word (just), which of course changes the entire meaning.

As for Obama calling the nation arrogant, this also has been reported wrong. Following is the entire quote made in May 2009:

"In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual, but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what is bad. On both sides of the Atlantic, these attitudes have become all too common. They are not wise. They do not represent the truth. They threaten to widen the divide across the Atlantic and leave us both more isolated. They fail to acknowledge the fundamental truth that America cannot confront the challenges of this century alone, but that Europe cannot confront them without America."

My suggestion to Mr. Anderson is to watch news other than FOX and if he is going to quote the President to check out his source first.

Kelly Carson


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