Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has found a new religion, reports say. The one-time African dictator, on trial at The Hague accused of crimes against humanity, has decided to convert to Judaism. According to one of his wives, after arriving in the Netherlands "he got to know that he really, really wanted to be a Jew."
So, everyone has a relative, or perhaps a neighbor, who has spread warnings in hushed tones about Barack Obama's years of secret indoctrination at a Muslim madrassa (gasp!) in Indonesia -- as though affiliating with a Muslim community of any description is cause for concern -- a rumor that has been disproved many times. Here's a fun look into the origin of the chain e-mail that started that particular smear.
Celebrity scandals aren't our bag. But considering that some Jewish groups felt Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" did more to further anti-Semitism than any other piece of pop culture in recent memory, we figure that Gibson's apology for his anti-Semitic remarks over the weekend is fair game.
Amir Taheri wrote the bogus Op-Ed claiming that Iran has a law requiring Jews to wear yellow badges. But on Tuesday, he was invited to the White House along with other "experts" to give Bush their "honest opinions." With advice like that, our war in Iran will be a slam-dunk.
Want to know the genesis of that bogus story about Iran requiring Jews to wear arm badges? Apparently a public relations firm specializing in promoting neocons was instrumental in placing the story in the National Post. Check out the full account here. And then some credulous blog editors--like yours truly--linked to the story before realizing how shoddily sourced it was. Mea Culpa big-time
Editor's note: The newspaper that originally ran this report has now retracted it and printed an apology. In retrospect, Truthdig should never have linked to this story. We should have realized that its sourcing was highly suspect.