I work for the government. If you’ve paid close attention to anything I’ve written (or if you do some creepy cyberstalking), you can get much more granular about my roll within the US democracy. For the purpose of these posts, we’ll just say one thing: I get a LOT of unsolicited emails from angry and… very uninformed individuals. I can’t reply to them, but I CAN give them some basic advice on fear-mongering. (This format is borrowed directly from the esteemed John Scalzi, who sometimes grades his hate mail).
Today’s edition of Rumors from morons: Dhimmitude
Email forward subject: What Does This Word Mean?… “Dhimmitude”
The short version: Muslims don’t have to participate in Obamacare because Obama (being a muslim) snuck in an exception.
What Does This Word Mean?
The word ‘Dhimmitude” is found in the new health care bill;
so what does it mean?
Thought this was interesting and worth passing on.
Dhimmitude — What does it mean?
Obama used it in the health care bill.
Now isn’t this interesting?
It is used in the health care law.
Dhimmitude — I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It’s on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists.. It is a REAL word.
Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.
ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”, “risk-taking”, and “usury” and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.
How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance.
Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. This is Dhimmitude.
I recommend sending this on to your contacts.
American citizens need to know about it —
snopes.com<http://snopes.com/>: Health Insurance Exemptions
Apr 13, 2010 … Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations … The ObamaCare bill is the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia …
Starting with a question is a good way to go, and the lack of exclamation points or other excessive punctuation makes your email forward look reasonable, rational, or even academic. The reader is pulled in, thinking they’re about to see some interesting factoid, instead of an irrational rant about how muslims have special rights that no one else has. This is a very good start.
Now, once we get past the various versions of the question “What does dhimmitude mean?”, we get to the real meat of your rumor. It’s in the healthcare bill, on page 107 to be exact. We know this is true because you looked it up on google. Very good. First you include the exact page, making it seem like a fact instead of a lie. Second, you say you looked it up, so the reader (likely someone you know) has to call you a liar in order to disprove your lie. This is gold.
You then go on to define dhimmitude as a tax that muslims place on non-muslims that they’ve conquered. I have to be honest, this part of your rumor is a little weak. You’re trying to pull a slight of hand here. dhimmitude = muslim conquest, dhimmitude is in Obamacare, Obamacare = muslim conquest. You’ve got some good use of buzzwords here, and nothing stirs up irrational fear like mentioning religious law.
Religious law can have a devastating effect on a free democracy. For example, it can allow a Catholic Bishop to dictate whether a non-catholic woman can use birth control. Awful, scary stuff. So good work getting in the bit about Sharia law. Still, a careful reader can see that you’re trying to work a diversion here and it weakens your argument.
Finally, we get to the footer. You’ve included a Snopes link! Very nicely done. Why even bother to check the link, right? After all, why include it if it disproves your rumor?
We both know that a good rumor doesn’t need to be true, it just needs to outlast the reader’s desire to disprove it. So lets check that link, shall we? Half a grade up, for it linking to the right Snopes article. B+. But the article doesn’t say true, it says “Mixed”, ouch. False would’ve been an automatic fail. Mixed just knocks you down two grades, D+. Then again, the article is long, and filled with big words. A reader would have to read quite a bit before they come to the part that flatly disproves your claim:
The fact is that the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama does not include language which specifically exempts members of any particular religion from health insurance requirements (nor does it use the word “dhimmitude”).
So the article proves you’re lying to the reader. You never looked it up and it’s not on page 107 of the healthcare law. This completely undermines your entire irrational fear-mongering rumor. That’s a big problem. Still, I’ll give you points for linking to the Snopes article to make it look like you’re not lying, and for linking to an article that people will need to actually read. If it’d been a shorter article, or flat out false, then I’d have to fail your rumor. As it stands, you’ll squeak by with a C.
Try harder next time.