Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Farah’s Stunning Dishonesty

Joseph Farah of the Worldnutdaily is having a little dispute with Kary Moss, director of the ACLU of Michigan, over what he characterizes as lies Moss told in this op-ed in the Detroit News. Let’s take a look at the evidence and see exactly who is lying. Here’s the statement from Moss that Farah says is a lie:

“Take, for instance, the website WorldNetDaily, which has suggested that the ACLU is actively working to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. currency, fire military chaplains and delete all references to God in America’s founding documents.

“Of course, there is no ‘Merry Christmas’ lawsuit, nor is there any ACLU litigation about U.S. currency, military chaplains, etc. But the facts aren’t important to these groups. If they were, they would learn that the ACLU defends the rights of Christians, the rights of other religious people and nonbelievers alike.”

Now here is Farah’s reply to that statement:

Here are some facts: WND has never reported any of the things it is alleged to have reported by Kary Moss and her friends at the Detroit News. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

No, WND has never suggested (note that word) the ACLU is actively working to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.

No, WND has never suggested the ACLU is actively working to fire military chaplains.

No, WND has never suggested the ACLU is actively working to delete all references to God in America’s founding documents.

No, WND has never suggested any of these things – not in its news reports, not in its commentaries, not in its more than 10 years of publishing on the Internet has it suggested any of these things.

And here, ironically, is his very next paragraph where he proves her right:

Where I strongly suspect Kary Moss got the idea for the big lie was in a promotion for our Whistleblower magazine cover story on her organization.

Here’s what that promotion of the blistering special report, “EXTORTION: How the ACLU is destroying America using your money,” actually said: “The headlines assault us daily: ‘Silent Night’ can’t be sung at school; the Defense Department must stop sponsoring Boy Scout troops; a tiny Christian cross must be removed from the Los Angeles County seal; Nativity scenes on a courthouse lawn are unconstitutional. Americans’ heads are spinning, as they wonder what the next judicial outrage will be: Removing ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. currency? Firing all military chaplains? Expunging all references to God in America’s founding documents?”

And that’s as close as anyone at WND – staff reporter, freelancer or independent commentator – has come to making the statements ACLU official and Detroit News contributor Kary Moss scurrilously charges WND made.

Well Joseph, let me clue you in on the obvious: that’s pretty damn close. When you publish a report about how the ACLU is allegedly “destroying America” and you promote that report with a list of horribles followed by a list of even more horrible “what’s next” scenarios, you are in fact suggesting that the ACLU wants those horribles to come true and intends to bring them about.

You might quibble over the phrase “is actively working.” Perhaps Moss should have said instead that the Worldnetdaily has “suggested that the ACLU intends to actively work to remove…”, and it would have been 100% accurate. As it is, it’s a hell of a lot closer to the truth than your take is. His whole argument comes down to “We didn’t say they were actively working on those things, we said they would be soon.” Duly noted, but she’s still right.