Internet hoaxes, questionable sources, the overly abused modern phrase “fake news”, click-bait sites and crazy memes bombard our daily life. We are deluged with questionable “new finds” and crazy conspiracy theories. As a society, we have been taken in by the promise of “hidden knowledge” as the gnostics of old. As I sit back and observe the culture, at times I wonder if we love lies and love deceit.
Danger lurks, not just in “fake news”, but all the way up into worldviews. We could talk about bad ideas and behaviors that society accepts. We are talking about bad ideas, really bad ideas, not harmless deception like a magician’s deception.
Flat earth is the most ridiculed, infamous and most harmless of the bundle of today’s deception. Think of the barbaric bloody act of abortion, the countless legalized murder of many innocent babies. What about the social acceptance of the family breakdown, same-sex marriage, gay behavior and transgenderism? Do we not know the harm these all do to the people, the children involved and to society as a whole? And we must not forget Darwinism’s dehumanization of man, Marxism’s bloody totalitarianism and postmodernism’s destruction of truth.
As Christians, we should be the most discerning people on planet Earth. As Christians, we should be standing firm for truth. As Christians, we should be at the forefront of ratting out error. If we are on the constant look out, on the little things, we will be slowly trained to spot the big error too. We need to be fact checking the little things. So where do we start? How do we began?
Myth-Busting The Little Things
One area that screams the need for circumspection and vigilance is the world of social media. The meme gracing the top of this page is no exception. It’s spread on social media and it’s false. Now I’m no friend to many of Elizabeth Warren’s ideologies, but that is no reason to spread lies online. It stuns me that many keep propagating false information even when they know it is false.
With a quick check on the numerous fact checking and myth-busting sites, one can find the validity of many a claim, or lack there of. Yes, Snopes (click here for their response the meme’s text) is probably the most popular of these types of sites. Some say they don’t trust Snopes because of their left leaning bias (which may be true).
However, in my experience, they are usually accurate. But let’s say, for the sake of argument, that they are not reliable. Okay, do we have other options? Why yes. I could give a number of different fact checking sites. Let me point out one that you may be interested in.
Alternative to Snopes, TruthOrFiction.com
With a retro style web page, TruthOrFiction.com was founded in 1999 by a Christian KBRT radio broadcaster, Rich Buhler. Buhler, known as the “Father of Modern Christian Talk Radio”, was a journalist, speaker and author.
Now I don’t know for sure what Buhler’s leanings were on issues, but I do have a couple indicators. First, WND’s short eulogy of him is listed along side of right wing political talk show hosts news. I also know one conservative (politically and Christian) radio show host, Greg Koukl, said he used to work with him. In fact, Greg even guest hosted Buhler’s radio shows in the past. And yes, Greg recommend the site. I think I’m on good grounds to assume that he was politically conservative but also a Christian conservative (however, I could be corrected on both since I have not read his works nor listened to his show).
So does TruthOrFiction.com have a page dedicated to the truth or fiction of this meme? You bet you they do and they come to the same conclusion as Snopes, the quote is false.
I hate to beat the drum here, but this is and will continue to be a repetitive theme of iApologia, deception prevention (at least to the best of our ability). As Christians, we should be the most discerning people on planet Earth. As Christians, we should be standing firm for truth. As Christians, we should be at the forefront of ratting out error.
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