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Smear: Chai Feldblum Said "Gays Win, Christians Lose"

November 19, 2009 11:37 am ET

Conservative organizations claim that when asked about the rights of employers to follow their religious beliefs in hiring people, Chai Feldblum, a nominee for a position on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, replied, "Gays win; Christians lose." Yet there is no factual account of Chai Feldblum making such a statement.

Smear

When asked about the rights of employers to follow their religious beliefs in hiring people, Chai Feldblum replied, "Gays win; Christians lose."

Sources

Family Research Council
American Principles Project
Christian Post

Truth

There is absolutely no factual account of Chai Feldblum making such a statement. 

The rumor started in an opinion blog post, NOT a news story, at the Christian Post on October 26, 2009. The author, Penna Dexter, writes:

When asked about the rights of employers to follow their religious beliefs in hiring people, she replied, "Gays win; Christians lose."

A factual news report would include when and where Feldblum made such a statement, but Dexter neglected to include important details that could be used to validate her claims.  Our attempts to trace the rumor further back did not turn up any results.

From there, the line was picked up by the American Principles Project, which quoted Penna Dexter's opinion piece and reported it as fact.

Next, the Family Research Council quoted the American Principles Project, repeating the claim:

When questioned on the rights of Christians hiring employees of their choice, Feldblum stated "Gays win; Christians lose."



 


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