Topic: Ethics

Article: The Political Face of Christianity

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-02-17 09:02:51

As Christians, are we showing a public image of love and grace? Or do non-believers see us as judgmental, critical and selfish? Read More...

Article: If God Detests Homosexuality, Why Didn't Jesus Even Mention it?

X Comments    Last updated: 2016-07-01 09:26:39

Examine what the Bible does say - in context.
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Article: Sexual Immorality In Elected Officials

X Comments    Last updated: 2014-12-19 09:34:41

Can we trust cheating elected leaders to govern appropriately?  Should we forgive? Read More...

Article: How Does PolitiFact Research and Determine Truth-O-Meter Rulings?

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-02-17 09:04:14

PolitiFact has published more than 7,000 Truth-O-Meter fact-checks since they launched six years ago. Read about the extensive research and criteria used in determinations. Read full article
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Article: FEAR PORN/ Lies In The Guise Of Humor

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-11-25 23:16:57

So Called Political Satire Web sites admittedly manufacture lies, then pass them around the web for consumers to believe. Read about this abomination of free speech.
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Article: What Would Christ Do With Desperate Children Seeking Asylum?

X Comments    Last updated: 2014-10-18 14:15:06

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Is this an outdated promise?
, Huffington Post, 7/4/2014
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Article: Does The Bible Define Marriage?

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-12-22 23:42:47

NO! Not at all! Politicians often use the Bible for political gain and are not interested in the truth. They look for an ancient sound bite to convince people of whatever they already believe.
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Sherrod Brown Ohio Sen
Members of the House of Representatives get hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies yet want to cut food stamps.
15 members of Congress got farm subsidies in 2012, including Rep. Steve Fincher of Tennessee, who has collected nearly $3.5 million in subsidies since 1999; Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California and his wife own one third of DSL LaMalfa Family Partnership, which in 2012 alone got $188,570; Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana has received $196,268 in farm subsidies since 1997.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Challenges Davos Elite: 'Humanity To Be Served By Wealth, Not Ruled By It'
In a message to more than 2,500 participants at the annual World Economic Forum, the pontiff urged industrialists and bankers to promote inclusive prosperity, but stopped short of chiding them for excesses laid bare by the global financial crisis.
Rick Perry
Rick Perry leads top elected officials with 10 percent of claims rated Pants on Fire
Outspoken Christian Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has more pants on fire claims than any other top elected official.  Click here to see PolitiFact summary and some of those boldface lies.
Divided Church
Is this the year Liberals take back religion from Conservatives?
This comprehensive editorial reviews a wide range of trends to explore this issue.
Chain Email
Says President Barack Obama has issued upwards of 1,000 executive orders, more than any modern president.
As of Jan. 20, 2014, he had issued only 168.  FDR signed off on more than 3,500 executive orders, and, in fact, Obama is on pace to issue fewer executive orders than any two-term president since 1900.  This same email promotes other wild, outrageous lies.
Republican
BEWARE: National Republican Congressional Campaign using fake Democrat websites to steal Democratic contributions.
DO WE WANT LIERS AND CHEATS RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENT? At least 15 websites that appear to be official campaign sites for Democratic candidates, are actually the handiwork of the National Republican Congressional Committee in order to steal Democratic donations. A CNN segment called out this scam.
Wolf Blitzer
Ted Nugent called President Barack Obama, "subhuman mongrel,", the term Hitler used to "justify the genocide of the Jewish community."
Ted Nugent, who is campaigning with Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. Defames the character of Obama's using the same terms used to defame the Jews and justify their extermination-not a good role-model.

Josh McKoon
A Georgia religious freedom bill would help Catholic institutions that, under Obamacare, could be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs.
False on many fronts. In 2010 Obama signed an executive order declaring that federal funds would not be used for abortion services, except in the case of rape, incest or a woman’s life safety, in accordance with long-standing restrictions commonly known as the Hyde Amendment.
Ted Cruz Rep TX
Says President Barack Obama "is the first president we've ever had who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore."
PolitiFact found that at least seven presidents -- including some of the nation’s most admired occupants of the White House (Bush, Nixon, Reagan, Truman, A. Johnson, Lincoln) acted, at least on occasion, in ways that ignored specific laws or constitutional protections. (read details)
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz claims the single biggest lie in politics is that Republicans are the party of the rich. But is it really the truth?
The data show wealthy Americans are not universally Republican, though they tend to lean and vote that way. Cruz never really explains why he believes this is the “biggest lie.” Instead, he attacks President Obama for presiding over an increase in income inequality and says that the president’s policies, such as the health-care law, have negatively affected “young people, Hispanics, African Americans, single moms.
Lies
Seven Dumbest Fake Obama Photos
The practice of altering political images has risen to new heights in recent years.  Some people, often in the name of Conservative values, work very hard to create outrageous lies.  These photos are great examples.  When they are circulated, many people believe them.
Freedom Partners
Freedom Partners, a Koch brothers group, placed ads accusing Rep. Bruce Braley of giving 'special favors' to insurers by voting for Obamacare
It’s ridiculous to suggest that donors who contributed less than 1 percent of his warchest weighed more heavily on his vote than his ideology, his past campaign promises and his partisan affiliation. 
Todd Starnes Conservative Radio
"Liberals have figured out a Facebook algorithm and "all the people getting banned from Facebook are somehow conservatives."
PolitiFact could find no tally of conservative versus liberal complaints about troubles with Facebook. The idea that all the people getting banned were conservatives is fabrication.  Facebook says there isn’t any algorithm. Users report violations and staff at Facebook review those reports.
Americans For Tax Reform
Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes, says anti-tax group
PolitiFact analysis suggests about 200 items should be knocked off of the list that is attached to this claim, because they are duplicate items that show up in multiple budgets.  Many other items were proposals that cannot be considered tax increases. Seventy percent of claims by this group are rated partly false or pants-on-fire.
Americans For Prosperity
Washington Post debunks Americans for Prosperity ads criticizing Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity, the limited-government group sponsored by the Koch brothers has spent $35 million attacking Democrats over the Affordable Care Act, but their new expensive ads are false.
Tim Huelskamp R Kansas
"Obamacare has boosted the number of uninsured."
In at least two instances Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp simply invented his claim that “numbers” exist showing that “there are more people uninsured today in Kansas” since the health-care law was implemented.
Republican
Fact-checking Benghazi: The rhetoric hasn't matched up with reality
PolitiFact checked eleven popular quotes regarding the oft-investigated Benghazi tragedy.  Two were rated Pants-on-fire; three were False; five were mostly false, one was half-true; and none were true or partly true.  Millions of dollars are spent to support unfounded claims for political gain.
David Dewhurst
Wendy Davis "was just doing a fund-raiser in Chicago with the international socialists organization."
Davis appeared at a fund-raiser for a Democratic U.S. House member who may have participated in DSA chapter meetings in the 1980s. There’s no sign Schakowsky is a current DSA member, nor is there evidence Davis raised money for a socialist group. Greg Abbott, TX gubernatorial candidate also made this fabricated claim.
Actor Wayne Rogers
Former MASH star says, "There are over 200 documented cases where (Obama) has lied."
Rogers did not provide any proof, but it appears he got his information from an online list of 252 perceived transgressions by Obama that include accusations of lying, broken promises, ethical lapses and objectionable policies. PolitiFact determined that the article offered 13 instances of what the author saw and another 13 instances of Obama breaking promises.
Rand Paul
"For every Kentuckian that has enrolled in Obamacare, 40 have been dropped from their coverage."
First, Paul cherry picked data from outdated estimates/ not facts. His figures are not mathematically possible. Using the narrowest definition of "sign-ups," there would have to be 3.3 million cancellations in the state for his figures to be true. In fact, it’s reasonable to argue that more people in Kentucky have coverage through Obamacare than have been canceled.
Democratic Party
Virginia Democratic Party says Virginia House Republicans are sacrificing $5 million a day in U.S. funds by refusing to expand Medicaid.
As many as 400,000 Virginians could become eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare, and the U.S. would pay their entire health care costs through 2016.   But the $5 million-a-day figure comes from an old state estimate. Updated data shows loss of $3.5 million a day for the 2014 budget year, and about $4.5 million a day during the following budget year.
Ted Cruz Tx
The Obama administration spent "$205,075 in ‘stimulus’ funds to relocate a shrub that sells for $16."
Cruz' statement ignores facts. No stimulus money spent to move shrub and there is huge difference between the rare in-the-wild version the shrub and the occasionally available commercial versions. which this claim fails to acknowledge.  Wild claim about nothing.
Constitution
Getting the facts straight about the Founding Fathers
Pundits and politicians get things wrong time and time again when they use the Founding Fathers to support their political views. In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, PolitiFact reviews archived fact-checks to set the record straight.

Lies
President Barack Obama "is the first president to keep a dog-trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense."
A dog trainer, Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, has worked with Bo briefly, but not paid by the administration. Reggie Love was an Obama aide who earned $102,000, but dog handling was a small fraction of his total duties.
Lies
"Justice John Roberts Signed Off On Obama’s Arrest For Treason."
The claim appeared on numerous conservative websites in April and May, but is totally false.  Even if he wanted to, the Constitution wouldn’t allow it.
Politics
Which TV network has most false claims according to PolitiFact ratings? Review the statements made by pundits.
PuntitFact rated 100 statements by FOX pundits and found that 39 percent were false or pants-on-fire.  This is compared to only 18 percent of 77 statements by ABC pundits.
Republican Policies Questioned
Republicans For Kansas Values are backing the Democratic candidate for governor because the Republican agenda has backfired in Kansas.
This organization, supported by an extensive list of notable Republican politicians and public servants, has posted an impressive statement called, Why Sam Brownback’s Policies are Taking Kansas in the Wrong Direction. They say these Republican policies have caused deficit spending, drastic cuts in education and highway spending, hurt job growth, benefited special interests at the expense of the people, and downgrades Kansas character and creates embarrassing headlines.
Windy Davis Tx Demo Gov Candatate
Wendy Davis said Greg Abbott took a hefty campaign donation before siding with a hospital against patients injured and killed by a drug-taking surgeon.
The donation and court appearance are verified, however Abbott’s intervention was limited to defending the constitutionality of a Texas law that essentially gives immunity to hospitals for credentialing dangerous physicians..

Megyn Kelly Fox News
Kelly falsely claims, "A new Colorado law "literally allows residents to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to ‘collectors.’
Kelly later admited this statement is false. The new law allows a universal mail-in system for active, registered voters. Ballots are mailed to voters, not printed out. Members of the military and voters who live overseas continue to be able to vote online.
Charles Angeletti
Professor makes students recite 'Anti-American' pledge of allegiance
Angeletti's strong political statement against Christian and University values by having students pledge allegiance to a racist, homophobic, sexist America that is in the name of Jesus, that hates Communists and women who want to get abortions.
Joni Ernst Sen R-iowa
PolitiFact combed through every line of the State of the Union rebuttal by Senator Joni Ernst.
The rebuttal includes many fact and many points that had been debunked many times over.  Read the entire speech and see, point by point, which statements were true or not.
Ted Cruz Tx
Ted Cruz Jokes About Joe Biden, As Biden Grieves For His Son
Cruz made a crass and poorly timed joke about Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, days after Biden's son Beau died from brain cancer. "Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don't need a punch line," Cruz said.
Hillary Clinton
Clinton says "You can vote in Texas with a concealed-weapon permit, but a valid student ID isn’t good enough?"
Rick Perry, the state’s governor into 2015, signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters.
Marco Rubio
Rubio said that “over 40 percent of small and mid-size banks … have been wiped out” since the Dodd-Frank law was passed.
Actually, the total number of commercial banks has gone down only 16 percent, continuing a longtime trend.  Dodd-Frank provides consumer protections, an end to bail-outs, a counsel to assess risk in advance, transparency and accountability in banking, shareholder input in bank executive compensation, protection for shareholders, and better oversight.
Lgbt
Federal report calls for end to 'Conversion Therapy' for LGBT youth.
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration performed the first in-depth federal look at conversion therapy and concluded that "none of the existing research" supports that gender orientation can be changed.  Conversion Therapy has resulted in many suicides.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
In the GOP debate Carson denied a ten year relationship with company who paid $7Million for deceptive claims.
Mannatech paid $7 million to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit in Texas based on their claims that their products could cure autism, cancer, etc. the problem is not that Carson boldly endorsed the company, since he sincerely believed it it.  The problem is that he boldly lied about his involvement without blinking. Full Video of Ben Carson endorsing Mannatech.

Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Even after video proof shows that he lied about his 10 year involvement with a corrupt company, Carson blames opponents rather than admit.
National Review called him out on "bald-faced lies" about his relationship with supplement company, Mannatech, but rather than explain the videos of his commercial endorsement of the company, Carson just blames his rivals.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
West Point refutes Carson's claim that he was offered a "full scholarship."
West Point officials confirmed that there is no record that Carson ever applied there, and that all tuition is covered for all cadets anyway.  The claim was made by Carson in his book, "Gifted Hands." After Politico broke this story, and a lot of maneuvering,Carson finally admitted that this claim that he has repeated is not true. 
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Carson says that Medicaid Fraud is half a trillion dollars.
The total spending for Medicare and Medicaid is only $980 billion last year.  He says health care fraud should be prosecuted to the fullest, but asked for lenience for his best friend and business partner Alfonso Costa, a dentist in the Pittsburgh area who had pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Kevin Swanson, Anti-Gay preacher
Republican Candidates speak at a Kill-the-Gay rally hosted by the National Religious Liberty Conference.
Pastor, Kevin Swanson hosted an political event attended by 1700 people in Iowa, where he called for gays to be rounded up and killed.  He quotes Bible verses out of context to support this murder.  On the stage with him were Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindil, and Mike Huckabee.
Planned Parenthood
Grand Jury turns tables on Planned Parenthood accusers, but Texas Governor continues his investigation and his assault on Texas PP clinics.
On 1/25/2016 a Houston grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of allegations that they sold organs of aborted fetuses, and instead indicted the undercover videographers behind the allegations on charges of using fake driver's licenses and violating Texas' law against the purchase and sale of human organs- the very law they tried to bring against against PP.

Donald Trump
June Trump Truthfulness average is "Mostly False."
As of June 10, 2016, PolitiFact has reviewed 154 statements by Donald Trump. Twelve (12) were true or mostly true. Forty nine (49) were 1/2 True of Mostly-False.  And Ninety three (93) were False or Pants-on-Fire. Below are just a few:

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