Quotes of the day are intended to represent what is being said by people on both sides of the birther question. They do not necessarily represent the views of this web site.
I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
— The Bible
The framework of conspiracy focuses and even determines interpretation: the conspiracy theorist does not arrive alone at a conclusion concerning a specific piece of evidence of a conspiracy; the conclusion comes with the theorist to the evidence, arriving at the instant of interpretation.
— Mark Fenster
I have never stated or suggested in all I have written and spoken regarding Barack Obama and his eligibility problems that I believe he was born in Kenya
— Joseph Farah
the whole birther “controversy” was so ridiculous and at times ugly, and was such a criminal waste of time and breath that even bringing it up jokingly, now that it’s mercifully pretty much dead, still makes us a little queasy.
— Glenn Davis
— Sports Grid
…our evolved tribal tendencies lead us to form coalitions with fellow like-minded members of our group and to demonize others who hold differing beliefs Thus, when we hear about the beliefs of others that differ from our own, we are naturally inclined to dismiss or dismantle their beliefs as nonsense, evil, or both. This propensity makes it even more difficult to change our minds in the teeth of new evidence.
— Michael Shermer
— The Believing Brain
The day that Orly Taitz is considered one of the great lawyers of this country is the day that Sirhan Sirhan wins the Congressional Medal of Honor.
— Ed Brayton
“It’s madness. His father, in 1961, would not even have been in Kenya. When this matter first came up, the Kenyan government did its research and confirmed that these are all baseless claims.”
— Jon Chessoni
— First Secretary, Kenyan Embassy, Washington DC
You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
— Exodus 22:28
— The Bible
The birther movement is not about whether President Obama was born in America, but that he is not American because he is Black. When the teabags preach returning to the Founding Fathers’ intentions for the country, it is not because they are Constitutional ideologists, but because the Founders were white.
SHUT UP OBOT B1TCH!
— Nancy Bakos
— Anoka Technical College
…there’s a fine line between the creative genius of finding novel patterns that change the world and the madness or paranoia of seeing patterns everywhere and being unable to pick out the important ones.
— Michael Shermer
— The Believing Brain
Plaintiff [Orly Taitz] is either toying with the Court or displaying her own stupidity.
— Judge Royce Lamberth
— Taitz v Astrue
“Orly Taitz” can be rearranged to spell “Lazy I Tort.”
— Commenter at the ABA Journal
And actually, the bottom line is that now Obama has done his part to show that he was born in Hawaii. The onus is no longer on Obama to show that. The onus is on somebody else. If somebody else can produce conclusive evidence that Obama was born somewhere else, so that this birth certificate is not real, that’s a different story, but that hasn’t happened, so we have to accept that Obama was born, and this is the evidence as of now, in Hawaii.
— Aaron Klein
— WABC radio and WorldNetDaily
Pseudoscientists – those pretending to do science (maybe even sincerely believing they are doing science) but who get the process profoundly wrong, use anomalies in a different way. They often engage it what we call anomaly hunting – looking for apparent anomalies. They are not, however, looking for clues to a deeper understanding of reality. They are often hunting for anomalies in service to the overarching pseudoscientific process of reverse engineering scientific conclusions.
– Dr. Steven Novella, host of ‘The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe”
Usually those things are not random.
— Orly Taitz
In the laboratory, this is labeled confirmation bias; observed in the real world, it’s known as pigheadedness.
— Cordelia Fine
— The New York Times
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO DISCOVER WHOSE THAT BIRTH CERTIFICATE NUMBER OWNS? AFTER YOU DO A RESEARCH, YOU WILL KNOW IT. THE MOTHER OF THE GIRL THAT WAS BORN DEAD IN HAWAII WAS INTERVIEWED AND SHOWED THE REAL DOCUMENTS THAT PROOF THAT SUCH NUMBER IS NOT OWNED BY BARACK SATAN-HUSSEIN OBAMA
— Commenter at WorldNetDaily
RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters — it all goes together.
— Dr. Jerome Corsi
When is this guy going to admit he’s simply an anti-American communist? Won’t he and his leftist wife simply go away????
— Dr. Jerome Corsi (2002)
One does not have to support Obama in order to oppose the abject stupidity that is birtherism.
— Comment at Obama Conspiracy Theories
Past research shows that across a number of traits and abilities, the majority of people tend to rate themselves as better than average, even though this is not possible statistically. For example, one famous study (Svenson, 1981) showed that 93% of Americans believed they were better than average drivers.
The first section of the second article of the Constitution uses the language, ‘a natural-born citizen.’ It thus assumes that citizenship may be acquired by birth. Undoubtedly, this language of the Constitution was used in reference to that principle of public law, well understood in this country at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, which referred citizenship to the place of birth.
— Supreme Court Justice Benjamin R. Curtis (1857)
The problem is that reading some of these conspiracy theory lawsuits, one can’t always tell the difference between litigants with and without an actual mental illness.
— Dr. Conspiracy
Hawaiian officals are refusing to comply because there is NO birth certificate. He couldn’t have one in Hawaii becasue he was born in Kenya, a British colony at the time of his birth. It is well documented that his mother was in Kenya when he was born, even to the extent there are records showing she was denied travel from Kenya to Hawaii due to her advanced pregnancy. It’s disgusting that he is permitted to continue his fraudulant acts and not be held accountable. Arrest the imposter–he isn’t a legitmate President anyway.
— Seajay Madden, commenter at WorldNetDaily