We all have that old Uncle or old neighbor who is a conservative and they have an email account. They delighted themselves in forwarding email that they have received exposing some awful truth about President Obama and encourages you to send it to all your friends. A quick visit to Snopes.com, Politifact or FactCheck.org usually clears up truth from Urban Legend except when they question the validity of these independent sites as liberal claptrap. Sometimes you can’t win.
The latest must see email from my pal (I’ll delete his name for privacy as I do like the guy) is how Obama slipped something akin to Sharia Law into Healthcare Reform.
Here’s the text of the email:
How absolutely ludicrous!!! What on earth happened. How did America fall for this mans lies!
What does this word mean?
The word ‘Dhimmitude”is found in the new health care bill;
so what does it mean?
Thought this was interesting and worth passing on.
Dhimmitude — What does it mean?
Obama used it in the health care bill.
Now isn’t this interesting?
It is used in the health care law.
Dhimmitude — I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It’s on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists.. It is a REAL word.
Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.
ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”, “risk-taking”, and “usury” and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.
How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance.
Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. This is Dhimmitude.
I recommend sending this on to your contacts.
American citizens need to know about it —
snopes.com: Health Insurance Exemptions
Apr 13, 2010 … Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations … The ObamaCare bill is the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia ….
We need to get him out of office!!!
While the media is asking for more tax info from Romney, why are they not asking Obama to explain this?
Continuing education is imperative for all our citizens.
Nice use of Snopes, but in this case, it’s out of context.
FactCheck.org takes on this very email and debunks it.
In our article “More Malarkey About Health Care,” we wrote that some religious groups may indeed be considered exempt from the requirement to have health insurance. The law defines exempt groups using the definition from 26 U.S. Code section 1402(g)(1), which describes the religious groups currently considered exempt from Social Security payroll taxes. Eligible sects must forbid any payout in the event of death, disability, old age or retirement, including Social Security and Medicare.
Since we posted our article, we’ve obtained a list through the Freedom of Information Act of all the groups that have successfully applied for exemptions from payroll taxes. (We have posted the Excel file here.) The overwhelming majority of them are explicitly Anabaptist — that is, Mennonite, Amish or Hutterite. Those that don’t specify their denomination are still explicitly Christian. Having gone through the list, we can say with certainty that no Muslim group, and indeed no non-Christian group, has ever qualified for an exemption under the statute used to define exempt religious groups in the health care law.
Nor are they likely to want to, says Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which opposes discrimination and defamation against Muslims. “I’ve never even heard it brought up as an issue,” Hooper told us. “I have health insurance. We give health insurance to our employees. Every Muslim group I know of does the same thing.” Hooper told us that he has seen some Muslims raise religious objections to life insurance, but not health insurance, and that, in fact, providing health coverage is very much in line with Islamic ideals of social justice.
As for “dhimmitude,” it’s a politically charged academic concept, not a tenet of Muslim faith. The term was coined by scholar Bat Ye’or to describe the condition of the “dhimmis,” protected non-Muslims living in Muslim empires starting in the 7th century. Dhimmi populations, Ye’or says, were allowed by their lands’ Muslim conquerors to keep property and practice their faith, as long as they paid a poll tax. It is Ye’or’s assertion that the condition of dhimmitude still persists in countries under shari’a law, and that, furthermore, it is spreading worldwide. In particular, she says, Europeans are accepting a state of dhimmitude and moving toward becoming “Eurabia.” This position is controversial, and Ye’or is not secretive about her political commitments. For instance, she is a vocal supporter of Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who was once banned from the United Kingdom because of his inflammatory anti-Islam views. For the e-mail to present “dhimmitude” as an established Muslim value rather than a scholarly concept from an author with open political commitments is misleading.
Finally, the e-mail repeats one other claim we’ve debunked before. It says that “I … will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax.” This is false. The House version of the bill left open the possibility of criminal penalties for deliberately evading a tax for not having health insurance, but the Senate version did not, nor did the final law.
It’s important to arm yourself with facts from non-partisan sites. My conservative friends tell me they consider FactCheck.org to be a left-wing liberal site. In fact, FactCheck.org started as a project by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) which was established by Walter Annenberg, a conservative who introduced Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. FactCheck.org seeks to create a community of scholars to address public policy issues at all levels of government.