Thursday, April 9, 2009

Frank Gaffney's "Code Words" = Making Shit Up

Check out this video where Frank Gaffney claims that Obama told our Muslim enemies that we "are willing to submit to them", and when challenged to support his claim with little trivial things like evidence, responded with this:

"When he uses the word 'respect', in the context of a waist-bow to the king of Saudi Arabia, for example, and talks about respectful language, which is code for those who adhere to Sharia that we will submit to Sharia. We will submit to the kind of program...I'm telling you the code as they receive it in the Taliban headquarters and in al Qaeda's cave and in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They perceive this as submission."

In other words, he is making shit up, and doesn't have a shred of evidence for what he is saying. Any time someone uses the phrase "code words", that should translate to "I have no evidence for what I'm saying". Now if they present tangible evidence that indeed the person speaking is using specially chosen words to convey a deceptive message (like the Intelligent Design crew does), that's a different story. But this demand for evidence can never be put aside, because it makes lying willy nilly far too easy for people like Gaffney.

Hat Tip: Ed Brayton

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