On April 1-2, 2011, Mission America and Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) will be cosponsoring the second Truth* Academy in Columbus, Ohio. I thought it might be helpful to see what tone and substance attendees can expect from each of the instructors before the conference begins. You can find all of my Truth* Academy posts at this link.
David Kupelian, vice president and managing editor of World Net Daily, is billed as the Truth* Academy’s keynote speaker. He will be giving two speeches, Christian Persecution in America and the Role of the Left and Propaganda or Journalism? The Role of the Media in Undermining Christianity.
Kupelian is certainly a big draw, what with his role at World Net Daily, so let’s look at WND first. It’s a conservative website that pretends to be a news service. These days it’s best known for being Birther Central, so much so that they have a mile-long Birther archive page.
Refuting Birther nonsense is pretty far outside this blog’s purpose, so head over to internet pal Loren’s blog Barackryphal for a first rate demolition of the claims of WND and other Birther luminaries. This post is a pretty good example of Loren’s thoroughness.
Now let’s look at words that are directly attributed to David Kupelian. We’ll start with his August 2010 article called Why conservatives are abandoning the ‘gay’ issue. It’s just chock full of links, which I love because it gives people a chance to see for themselves. For example, there’s this paragraph about the Matthew Shepard Act:
Why are sincere Bible-believing Christians being persecuted, fined and sometimes incarcerated, just for holding to the clear teachings of their religion, which unambiguously condemns homosexuality as a serious sin?
Usually, most people would skim over that link and assume it led to credible evidence of the author’s claim, but in this case I know that the claim is bunk. Over 500 days have passed since the Matthew Shepard Act was signed into law, and it has not led to even one person being persecuted, fined, or incarcerated for “holding to the clear teachings of their religion.” Not even one.
So what does Kupelian’s link connect to? An April 2009 fear-mongering article warning that persecution, fining, and incarceration would happen if the hate crimes act passed. Which, again, it hasn’t.
In other words, The keynote speaker at the Truth* Academy was lying, leading the reader to believe something that is plainly and provably false.
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A few notes in case you didn’t make it through: At 10:52, Kupelian calls President Obama “well-spoken.” Then at 33:30:
The president is mentally ill. This is not saying ‘Is he narcissistic?’ Everybody knows he’s a narcissist. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental disorder. It’s in the diagnostic and statistic manual. It’s got a very bad and severe symptom picture. It’s very much like being a sociopath or psychopath, although it’s not exactly the same thing, but it’s very similar.
So, you know, there’s what he thinks of the president.
Oh but there’s more, including bits about how awesome things were sixty years ago in the 1950s (22:30) and how the Tea Party reminds Kupelian of those days (30:10), how “The Left” mocks “everything normal” (15:10), and his adult children are normal and don’t have tattoos and are virgins because they didn’t go to the public schools (39:30), which were “taken over by atheistic progressives more than a hundred years ago” (38:32).
Quite the revealing interview, though probably not in the way he intended.
One more item to close it out: Kupelian’s claim in his bio that he’s an “award-winning journalist” has been bugging me. After searching for three days, the only award I’ve turned up is a third place, $4,000 award given by something called The Amy Foundation in 2006. He got it for using a Bible verse in one of his articles.
I guess technically that qualifies him as “award-winning,” but is that the only award to his name? If that’s all it takes, I should add the award I won in sixth grade (Spelling Bee, Second Place) to my About page.