Debunking and mocking the Birther Nation
Last week, Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said his organization believed it pointless to draw attention to the lawsuit to remove President Obama's name from the Democratic Primary ballot in Georgia's Super Tuesday Primary set for March 6, 2012, so they would not attend the hearing. They did not.
While Farris did not find the need to travel the approximate 1.5 miles from his office on Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Avenue, Kirk Coleman, a Florida businessman, traveled several hundred miles from Jacksonville, Fla., to be in attendance.
Coleman, a self-professed leader of the anti-Birther movement, said he and others in his group have traveled the country and attended many of the court hearings similar to the one in Georgia which seeks to have President Obama's name removed from the Georgia Democratic Primary ballot on Super Tuesday.
The last row of the courtroom in last week's hearing before administrative law judge Michael Malihi was taken up by members in Coleman's entourage.
Coleman says he has set up the leading Birther debunking site on the Web, thefogbow.com, and relishes in destroying their contentions that Obama is not eligible to be president of the United States.
He is a self-proclaimed member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a Libertarian and sports blogger. "The president's State of the Union address does not have anything to do with me. I'm a businessman; just get the government out of my way. I don't need the government's help," he said.
"So why are you here today," a reporter asked Coleman?
"I came to mock them," he said.
Coleman said he got involved in the anti-Birther movement by accident. He says he has a daughter who plays basketball in a Division I college program and that he is the uncle of an All-Pro player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
"A couple of years ago, I was on my sports blog, blogging about basketball, when this guy came on board making racist statements about the black basketball players and saying that the white basketball players were superior. I had never had this happen before, so I followed this guy to see who he was and I stumbled upon these Birthers."
Coleman said his first ploy at debunking the Birthers myth was posting a fake birth certificate which purported to be the birth certificate of President Obama. This birth certificate listed President Obama's place of birth as Kenya.
"They (Birthers) jumped on it," he said. "It took off like wild fire until I debunked it," Coleman said with a broad smile on his bronze face.
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