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Noted conservative and martial arts superstar Chuck Norris
has joined the chorus of "Birthers" seeking the publication of President Barack Obama
's birth certificate.
But unlike those Birthers, Norris says he thinks it's "a bit of a groundless stretch not to believe" he was born in the United States. In a column published on conservative Web site creators.com
, Norris argued that he's ready to believe Obama is an American citizen, but his reluctance to reveal his birth certificate adds fuel to the Birther fire, and suggests he has something else to hide. I'm writing you because this is no longer a matter merely about proving you meet a presidential prerequisite in the Constitution. Refusing to post your original birth certificate is an unwise political and leadership decision that is enabling the "birther" controversy. The nation you are called to lead is experiencing a growing swell of conspirators who are convinced that you are covering up something. So why not just prove them wrong and shut them up?
I agree with CNN's Lou Dobbs, who was chastised by his own media outlet for demanding the release of your original birth certificate. Why was that such a bad request?
President Obama's birth was announced in two major Hawaiian newspapers in August, 1961. But Norris says the controversy won't be put to rest until the document is released.