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Fanning Imaginary Flames: A Look Back At The Great Church Fire Propaganda Campaign
American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2011 | Scott Swett

Posted on 06/11/2011 11:36:13 AM PDT by Interesting Times

Fifteen summers ago, America's news media informed us that black churches throughout the South were being torched by white racists. The purported wave of arsons dominated the airwaves and generated thousands of newspaper articles. Pundits, politicians and preachers decried the terrorism and the hate it represented.

In fact, it never happened.

Here is the little-known story of how an obscure radical group teamed up with a leftist national church organization, an unprincipled President and a legion of compliant news outlets to create a media firestorm -- one based entirely on lies.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: babythereignmustfall; billclinton; cdr; churchfires; ncc; tweet17
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Here's an in-depth look at one of the classic leftist disinformation campaigns, for those who may be interested.
1 posted on 06/11/2011 11:36:21 AM PDT by Interesting Times
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To: Howlin; eddie willers; cajungirl; wirestripper; Southflanknorthpawsis; Peach; prairiebreeze; ...

Know your propagandists ping.


2 posted on 06/11/2011 11:39:18 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping!


3 posted on 06/11/2011 11:44:50 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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We’re seeing the beginning of this again with fictional
“mosque burnings.”


4 posted on 06/11/2011 11:51:34 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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The only church arson I recall in recent years is when somebody torched Sarah Palin’s church in Wassilla, Alaska.


5 posted on 06/11/2011 11:59:04 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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n late March of 1996, The Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) and the National Council of Churches (NCC) held a joint press conference to report a huge increase in the number of arsons committed against black churches. In media interviews, the Rev. Mac Charles Jones, a CDR board member, ...

Great read. These organizations have the same people leading each others boards and providing an echo whenever needed.

Rev. Jones (NCC) died in Irving TX 6 months after the "burning churches" was proved falsified.

The CDR started out as the National Anti-Klan Network and closed its door in March 2008, after running out of dupes to blackmail for cash and walk around money.

Left wingers and Communists from the height of the x42 years.

6 posted on 06/11/2011 12:01:01 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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BTTT


7 posted on 06/11/2011 12:03:02 PM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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The Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) blamed "a well-organized white-supremacist movement" for what they called "domestic terrorism."

The group's stated mission was to work "with progressive activists and organizations to build a movement to counter right-wing rhetoric and public policy initiatives."

And fifteen years later we have Obama and Napolitano calling all Bible loving, gun loving, good patriotic Americans the terrorists!!

8 posted on 06/11/2011 12:05:19 PM PDT by potlatch
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Thanks for the followup info - I wasn’t aware when the CDR had finally shut down. We still have the SPLC, of course.


9 posted on 06/11/2011 12:07:22 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson In U.S. Probe of Church Fires
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-625506.html

Man Gets 42 1/2 Years for Church Arson
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-550636.html


10 posted on 06/11/2011 12:07:34 PM PDT by donna (Imagine...women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: Interesting Times

I was just looking at some of the old names on your ping list and thinking about how much I miss the lively discussions that we used to have on FreeRepublic.


11 posted on 06/11/2011 12:09:54 PM PDT by Eva
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Check out this 1997 NYT article on Jones's death. Jones "aided burned churches," don't you see, after he "learned that the center had detected a surge in church arsons." It's all propaganda all the time at the Slimes.
12 posted on 06/11/2011 12:12:20 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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Sounds like a great story for 60 minutes or.... Oh, never mind.
13 posted on 06/11/2011 12:13:11 PM PDT by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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And fifteen years later we have Obama and Napolitano calling all Bible loving, gun loving, good patriotic Americans the terrorists!!

Why not? They and the CDR share the same faith tradition - Marxism.

14 posted on 06/11/2011 12:13:31 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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I hear you. If I ran the place, I’d implement a poster filtering system to make it easier to screen out all the uninformed noise.


15 posted on 06/11/2011 12:18:53 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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I know, just kinda reiterating the point.


16 posted on 06/11/2011 12:22:33 PM PDT by potlatch
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More here on how the NCC siphoned off the money from the "Burned Churches Fund."
17 posted on 06/11/2011 12:30:36 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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Outstanding article. Well researched. Poignantly written. In fact you might be the author of more un-read true history than any man alive. I wish one of these rich conservatives that still like the Washington D.C. cocktail parties would find the wherewithal to fund/reward authors like yourself who fight the battle unsung.

Kindest regards,

TS

18 posted on 06/11/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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I remember the postings on Prodigy and then FR about these lies. No wonder they want to shut down the Internet.
20 posted on 06/11/2011 12:42:05 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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