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Thou shall not bear false witness”¦unless you’re the Baptist Messenger

I’m no bible expert, but isn’t there stuff in it that says things like forgery, lying and general deception are bad?  If so, the people at the Oklahoma-based Baptist Messenger have sinned.  Check out what they did with Sally Kern’s infamous “Proclamation for Morality.”

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Yep.  The Baptist Messenger “” an established weekly newspaper with a paid circulation of over 85,000″”decided to photoshop Governor Henry’s signature on the embarrassing and archaic “Proclamation for Morality.”   And to try and make the piece of right wing trash look even more legitimate, they placed the text of proclamation onto Executive Department letterhead and forged the signature of Secretary of State M. Susan Savage next to the state seal of Oklahoma.

Yeah, this is scandalous.  And yeah, this is wrong.  But know how it makes me feel?  It makes me wish I was Baptist.  These people can get away with anything!  They can forge our Governor’s signature to a document, buy influence key elections and even hijack every Braum’s in the state on Wednesday nights.   It’s just too much power for one group to have,  and I want a part of it.  Seriously, think of all the fun we could have if we were Southern Baptists.  We’d be unstoppable!

Sadly, though, that’s probably a pipe dream.  We like hot chicks, are logical, and believe in equal rights for everyone, so they probably wouldn’t have us.

All that being said, I think it would be a good idea for the Baptist Messenger to issue a forgery retraction in their next issue.  Along with it, they should also apologize to Governor Henry for attributing him to a document that was written and endorsed by a right wing religious nut job bigot.  And for fun, forge Sally Kern’s signature to it.

(Links: Due to the size of the printed proclomation, we had to scan it in part: Top, Bottom, Full)

UPDATE: The Baptist Messenger has issued an apology on their website.  According to media report, they placed the blame on a graphic artist.  Classy.

UPDATE II: Every local news outlet is now covering this story.  Granted, they are not thanking us for breaking it, but who really cares.


  1. I’m sure god gave them permission to forge…

    Here’s hoping this story gets picked up by some other news organizations.

  2. Are you sure that it wasn’t just a “here is hoping” or were they actually trying to say the governor signed it?

  3. Is anyone really surprised by this? The morality police (i.e. the Bible-thumping, gay-bashing, gun-toting right-wing crazies) are ALWAYS the first to many any and all moral transgressions and justify it with some obscure passage from the Bible.

    How typically sad.

  4. I guess Exodus 20:16 isn’t in their Bible. We do have forgery laws in this state, right? Paging Mr. Edmondson.

  5. As if denigrating the Oklahoma Constitution by having the rally and signing on state property weren’t enough, then someone goes and does this! Where are the morally outraged Republicans trying to distance themselves from these nutballs? Oh wait, the Republicans in this state depend on these folks playing to the lowest common denominator in order to keep sending them to the Capitol.

  6. if you are going to make stuff up, at least get some signatures that would make sense. i’d have Jesus’s signature on that thing. or you could cancel out their pissyness by just faking Obama’s signature on there.

  7. With morals and standards like this, they all need to move into the C-Street house at once! Tom Coburn and John Ensign are awaiting their arrival!

  8. 1) I doubt that any readers of the Baptist Messenger are under the impression Governor Henry signed that. Given the accompanying editorials, one would assume that the BM is implying that he and Susan Savage should sign it.

    2) This is par for the course for local “journalism.”

    3) Does Patrick get to attack what he perceives to be the moral failings of others (right wing religious nut job bigots) because he does not subscribe to an identifiable personal moral standard? Or because he’s just an obscure local social blogger? I love reading the “moral outrage” of someone who publicly objectifies women on a regular basis.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Currently on baptistmessenger.com:

    Message from the Editor »
    In the July 16 Messenger, the graphic representation of the Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality was misleading, indicating that Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Secretary of State Susan Savage had signed the document. This is not the case, and the Messenger staff apologizes for the oversight and error.

  10. I think you’d be surprised, Dusty. If a buch of BM readers don’t say things like, “Sally’s proclamation couldn’t have been that controversial if a heathen like Brad Henry would sign it,” I would be shocked. We’re talking about a denomination that basically creates the need for Snopes.com.

  11. How can it be an “oversight” when someone actively went out of their way to find copies of the signatures and photoshop them into the picture before printing? Typical right wing ideology. Deception and dishonesty is wrong, unless it supports their cause. Then its okay because thats what Jesus would want. Give me a break.

  12. Clark Matthews: With all due respect… really? I bet the vast majority of people who read that didn’t even notice the signatures at the bottom of the page. But it’s kind of absurd to believe that the BM readers who even noticed those signatures would allow them to shape their opinion. Like you said, most of those readers are probably not fans of Gov. Henry anyway.

    There are two rational (non-conspiratorial) explanations for those signatures. 1) It made the graphic prettier or 2) It was intended to point out two people who *should* sign it. To assume that the kind of person who subscribes to The Baptist Messenger did not already know about all of this (through church or the news) is hard to believe. To assume that there was a conspiracy to trick people via the creative use of cut and paste forgery is even harder to believe. But if they are that smart, I hope The Oklahoman hires them away.

  13. So there’s an on-line semi-retraction, now let’s see what they do in their print version.

  14. Come on Rusty. If you enter the Miss Rocklohoma contest and submit some bikini pic, you are asking to be “publicly objectified.”

  15. Thank God there is somebody from Oklahoma who has the fortitude to call out the Religious Right for the lying, conniving, hypocritical bigots that they are.

    Too bad it tends to be confined to this forum alone.

  16. @Dusty: I doubt that Patrick doesn’t subscribe to an identifiable personal moral standard. It just might be that his particular moral standard doesn’t match yours. In particular, since you appear to be jumping to the defense of people who will one day be judged by history like segregationists of the 1950s, I would say that the majority of people commenting on here subscribe to a moral standard that shuns hypocrisy. See, you can’t claim to be a Christian and then fixate on one subject brought up a couple of times in the Bible (homosexuality) often in a way that distorts the context while virtually ignoring main themes in the Bible (helping the poor, for example). Look at the 10 Commandments, and tell me how many are violated on a daily basis by the elected officials involved in this farce, then tell me again why they or you should be judging anyone else.

  17. I agree with dandanthetulsan. If the deception was done purposefully then it is not an error, but a lie. NewsOK.com said in their article, “The Baptist newspaper printed Kern’s proclamation and attached part of an old proclamation signed by Henry, making it look like the Democratic governor endorses the language in the document.” That doesn’t sound like someone accidentally misspelled a word or something. It sounds like a deliberate lie in order to deceive the gullible.

  18. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks that the mistake was made by a minimum wage intern trying to meet a deadline so he can get to class on time.

  19. Wouldn’t you assume that those editors or designers or what have you at this publication would have been a little more cautious especially because it is a proclamation on morality?

    And whether or not they did this to visualize their written editorial it should not have been done. Or at least not been done to look so real. There are a lot more ways they could have done this graphic that would have been more effective and clearly not deceptive or misleading.

    And since I am bored and have no life, lol, I’ll whip up a few graphics that would have been better and probably quicker to create and I’ll email them to the BM’s graphic designer and editor just for some giggles.

  20. @CommonSense: “…then tell me again why they or you should be judging anyone else.”

    Uh, because if it were necessary that everyone in office could or did perfectly uphold their own laws and standards, the only electable person in history would be Jesus Christ. You can’t throw out standards just because people fail to meet them, though you can certainly throw people out. I also have no idea how much those church-goers give to the poor, but I would imagine more than most people, through their church offering.

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