A conservative Facebook group this week suggested that the lynching of President Barack Obama should be made into a “national holiday.”
Earlier this week, Examiner.com’s Robert Sobel pointed out that the Facebook group “America the next generation” had posted a photo of the president in a noose with the caption “The making of a National Holiday.” The image was apparently a composite of Obama’s head and a frame from the leaked video of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein being executed.
After some discussion between members of the “America the next generation” group and criticism from other Facebook users, the photo was eventually taken down. Some group members feared that lynching the president could make him into a “martyr.”
“OK by are own choice out of respect of our regular followers that requested us to remove the post with the noose around Obamas head,” the group wrote on New Year’s Eve. “[W]e did so out of Respect to them and we will take the high road!”
In a follow-up post, the group included a photo of former President George W. Bush with a noose around his neck “for you winey liberals that said it didn’t exist… like I said your double standards are pathetic!”
According to American television writer Steve Marmel, Facebook had refused to take action and remove the photo of President Obama with a noose around his neck because it “does not violate community standards.”
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