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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27
Pray for George W. Bush
NO MORE GULLIBLE CHRISTIANS, PLEASE!
Below is a copy of email correspondence that disproves the supposed incident in which GWBush spent half an hour leading a teen to Christ. The untrue story was proliferated over the Internet and unfortunately only perpetuates the legend that Christians are easily fooled (and how many Christians were fooled by "Y2K readiness" radio ads in 1999).
We at www.pray4bush.com love and admire George W. as a man of God. We do not, however, sacrifice the truth on the altar of wishful thinking. Thanks to Diane Bennett for making this available to Pray4bush.com. (Email addresses altered to protect parties from Spam-spiders)
Forwarded message ----------
Sat, 13 Jan 2001 15:32:43 -0500
Roger Vann <Roger_Vann_at_compuserve.com>
C.S.O.P.U.L. and the Bush story
am writing to you as the founding member of the CSOPUL - Committee
to Stamp Out the Proliferation of Urban Legends.
(That phrase may be unknown to you if you're new to cyberspace,
because it is used to describe forwarded e-mail messages that continue to be
forwarded until they develop a life and legitimacy of their own - like the
one about Madelyn Murray OíHare and the FCC - even thought from the very
outset the message was patently FALSE.)
am generally reluctant to forward such e-mail messages I have received for
fear they might turn out to be urban legends.
Most things you get from me are bona fide reports, manuscripts,
personal humor, etc. where I'm confident of the credibility of the source.
A lot of virus warnings turn out to be urban legends, as well.
actually a website - www.nonprofit.net/hoax/
- where folks can go to check out reports to see if they might be on
the "legend list". For example, the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe hoax is
listed... (My Yahoo search
engine found 70 matches, so there are plenty of sites besides the main one
days ago I received a forwarded e-mail telling the heart-warming story of
our President-elect stopping to pray with a campaign worker's daughter at a
victory celebration banquet in Austin.
I was immediately tempted to pass it along to my e-mail groups for
their encouragement (at least for the Republicans!) but something in the
back of my mind made me think, "This sounds too good to be true."
the past three days I have been on the trail of the source of this report. With the kind and patient help of several folks in the chain,
I have made good progress. While
I have not reached "the friend of the friend of Jeff Benoit" (and
didn't actually expect to!!), I did learn the fellow in the likely Austin
church is named Joe Benoit, not Jeff, and that he doesn't know anything
about the story... which wasn't really that helpful.
I have just received a report that has made me glad I did some
cyber-sleuthing. I repeat the
message below in full and want to thank those who helped me track it down.
Most of all, I want to thank Rev. David Dykes (Tyler, TX) for taking
the initiative to get relevant facts.
You have my permission and encouragement to forward this entire
e-mail to your friends and groups. Let's
stamp out this false story before it becomes another urban legend and
perpetuates the legend that committed Christians are gullible fools.
There is no need to send me a reply.
I don't mind hearing from my "E-team" (you know who you
are) but otherwise my mailbox is full enough already!
for getting the Truth out,
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----- Original Message -----
David O. Dykes <david_at_mail.gabc.org>
us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a
harvest if we do not give up." (Gal. 6:9)
YOU FOR SENDING THE MESSAGE ABOUT GEORGE W. BUSH leading the campaign worker
to Christ. I was going to use
the story in a sermon, so, as always, I set out to confirm the validity of
the story. As you know, we
can't believe everything that comes through cyberspace.
upon the research of a friend of mine who HAS worked on the Governor Bush's
staff for the past two years, the
story is not true. Read
the letter below. The TRUTH is that GWB is a committed Christian and I
believe that he will be a Godly President, but as the body of Christ, we
need to be sure that what we share with others is TRUE ... or we lose our
O. Dykes, Pastor, Tyler, Texas
> check out our site at www.gabc.org
----- Original Message -----
"David O. Dykes" <david_at_mail.gabc.org>
Monday, January 08, 2001 6:50 PM
are you? Greetings from Austin. I
am doing well...staying busy here In the Governor's Office...what an
incredible two years this has been for me and all of us really as a
nation.... I got your fax at the office and am now writing you from home....
Unfortunately, the story you received via e-mail is not true. I received it
as well over the weekend and made calls to check it out.... I did so,
because as a staff member in the Governor's Office and a campaign volunteer,
I was not aware of any thank you banquet that was held after the election.
I talked to a few people at the campaign office and they all
reconfirmed that unfortunately this
is a hoax... for several reasons really:
1. The campaign did not hold a thank you banquet for staff or
volunteers because there was no time after the election due to the Florida
recount. Soon after election day many on the campaign's staff went to
Florida as observers etc and didn't return until after GWB was declared
president-elect... thus, no banquet was held...
2. A thank you reception was held for volunteers at the
Governor's Mansion, however the Governor did not attend.
I DID attend the reception and was there the whole time and GWB or
Laura were not in attendance -- I remember that distinctly -- because many
volunteers were hoping they would stop in for a few minutes and they were
unavailable...(so...it didn't happen at the volunteers reception...)
3. The president-elect's schedule is so-scheduled that although
he may wish to have 30 minutes to visit with a young person, and probably
would enjoy it, he wouldn't have had the time to do so and his schedulers
wouldn't have allowed it --- so even if he wanted to -- he wouldn't have
been able to stop and visit like that...
It's a wonderful story ---- unfortunately -- itís not true.
on a brighter note, you could mention in your sermon that on the Day
after GWB was declared the president-elect -- the first thing he did was
attend a prayer service at his home church.... I was there and it was quite
an honor to be there -- a really moving service at Tarrytown United
Methodist Church... The service was only open to gubernatorial and campaign
staff members and Bush family members and those of us there were so blessed
by the great hymns "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "The Battle Hymn of
the Republic," special prayers by Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston and
the sermon by the Rev. Mark Craig, church pastor... Country western singer
Larry Gatlin performed a new song titled "Come Let Us Reason
Together" That he composed for the President-elect and First Lady about
reconciliation and healing our land... the President-elect had tears in his
eyes as he left the service -- I sat right near the aisle and saw the tears
myself --- it was such a fitting and wonderful way to begin his first week
as president-elect.... If you want -- you could also quote the Prayer of
Intercession that we staff members read together at that prayer service
(I wrote it in my journal and have a copy of the church program if you need
God, by whose mercy we have come to the gateway of a new era for our
country. Grant that we may
enter it with humble and grateful hearts; and confirm our resolution to walk
more closely in your perfect will and labor more faithfully in your service.
Forgive our shortcomings and our sins; purify our hearts to see and
love the truth; give wisdom to our leaders, especially President-elect
George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney; and give steadfastness
to our people. In the time of
prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the day of adversity;
do not let our trust in you fail. Guide us as we seek to do your will. Amen."
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