Second Sunday in Easter, 2013
In the Christian Easter story Jesus appears alive to some of his students after his execution, but not to all of them. One named Thomas was not present at the appearance, and he refused to accept what his friends said without proof.
The resurrection of someone from the dead is an extraordinary claim and one cannot fault Thomas, at least from a rational stance, for demanding physical evidence.
President Obama’s birth in Honolulu was in all the papers, and given that thousands of children were born in Honolulu that year, one more is not an extraordinary event. Nevertheless, birthers are getting better at propaganda than they used to be and in some of their rhetoric, they try to make it sound as if folks like me who believe the President was born in Hawaii do so out of faith rather than from evidence.
That is, of course, not how it is at all. Before the President released his long-form birth certificate 2 years ago this month (it seems longer), I wrote an article titled, “I believe Barack Obama was born at Kapi’olani Medical Center.” That was not a belief based on faith, but upon evidence. Since then, of course, the President released his birth certificate proving that belief to be true, and the State of Hawaii has separately verified it three times to other state officials and to a court.
Meanwhile, birthers have their own beliefs that, for example, the Obama birth certificate is a forgery. That is assuredly a faith-based belief because the expert testimony has never appeared. We have a man who has lied about evidence before, promising something in the next half a year, even though it has been two years already. Indeed, the purveyors of this theory flee from the courts and from debates.
To say that the President of the United States, and the state officials from two administrations, lied about the facts of his birth is an extraordinary claim, and I will not accept it without proof, and there is none.