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A Challenge to Birthers - Pay Lakin Back

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And I challenge the high-profile Birthers, especially Joseph Farah, to work to make this happen, and be amongst the first, most public, and most generous of donors to this fund.

Joseph Farah? Cough it up. Goddess only knows how much cash Whirled Nut Daily has been making off this non-issue you're oh so happy to take credit for making. I challenge you to pay some of it back.

Pay a LOT of it back.

Orly Taitz? Make with the moolah. If you can afford to fly all over the US to molest innocent legal workers with your crazy lawyer tricks, you can afford to donate some buckos to a much worthier cause.

Take some of your weekly eyeshadow allowance and pay up.

Rev. Manning? Pass the plate, you convicted felon, you. You thought this man's cause was important enough to go to the courtroom for? It's important enough to provide material support now that it's gone right down the toilet and taken him with it.

Pass the plate several times, sir. I'm sure you can afford it, and I know you remember what prison was like. You got a second chance. Make sure Lakin gets one too.

Alan Keyes? Oh yes, you. Especially you. I'm sure various conservative outfits keep you well-paid to preach morality in politics. Now's your chance to show some of that compassion you think our President lacks because the devil sent him down to Foggy Bottom, there to do the devil's work.

Pay the hell up, Keyes. Pay early and pay often.

And the rest of you nameless people out there in Birtherstan? You claim there's millions of you? Well here's your chance to show it by simply donating a dollar. If you all of you did, Lakin and his family would be set for life, regardless of what happens after he gets out of prison.

Pay a dollar to show you think he was right to do what he did.

Me? I'm not paying a single cent, past the "money" of time I spent writing this. I think he was wrong to do what he did. Naïve and well-meaning, but ultimately wrong, Wrong, WRONG.

But I also believe that, while speech is free, it should have consequences. The consequence for this man's judgment being melted like plastic in a microwave when exposed to the toxic Birther fumes you all have been exuding since 2008 is that, when someone leaps on a grenade for your cause, you help them out.

I encourage everyone who reads this to e-mail a friendly suggestion to Mr. Farah that, since he's the one who takes credit for creating the Birther movement, through WND, he's morally obligated to take care of anyone who is harmed by it. If a month goes by after publication of this article and we hear no reply from Mr. Farah either way, then I guess we'll know the cut of his sense of journalistic responsibility, won't we?

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