Because I would correct all e-mails I received which contained lies, I receive very few of them now because the offenders learned that I would challenge them. In my responses, I would provide correct information and lecture them about consulting a reliable fact-checking source prior to forwarding. Numerous times, I would send the reply to "ALL" who had received and forwarded the lies. One man e-mailed me, furious that I would dare to e-mail him. I responded that he should refrain from forwarding lies.
However, despicable postings on Facebook still require my attention. Some postings were so disgusting that I "unfriended" the people after correcting them. Because I "unfriended" one, he attacked me on a local scurrilous website.
I now have a quandary because several of my husband's relatives (who requested to be my Facebook "friends") regularly post reprehensible lies. I diligently correct them, provide them with accurate fact-checking sources, and, of course, give a lecture. They also post items about their Christianity, which I think is peculiar, since they are obviously very un-Christian.
One niece publishes at least one LIE per day--and sometimes more--about the President; today she posted this ludicrous item:
I told her that it is a LIE and that people who forward these LIES should at least have a smattering of knowledge about the government to know that prohibition would require an AMENDMENT.
I wonder if I should just ignore them to maintain family harmony? Les wonders how I am acquainted with so many ignorant people. I probably should just "unfriend" them and be happy with postings from like-minded friends.
I posted the following on my status:
"Edmund Burke, known as the Father of modern conservatism, wrote: THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING. While I am sorely tempted to "unfriend" people who continue to post heinous lies (especially about our President), I shall continue to correct, point them in the direction of good fact-checking, and encourage them to gain knowledge prior to posting. If we "do nothing", then we are "good men" who condone evil."