John Kerry's Favorite Bible Verse, John 16:3
According to this forwarded email, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry declared his favorite Bible verse to be John 16:3.
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Aug. 2004 (Kerry version)
Email example contributed by M.B.K., Aug. 18, 2004:
Subject: Kerry and the Bible
This guy is going to implode!
Thought you might find this interesting...
The Lord has a way of revealing those of us who really know him, and those that don't! Think about it! Kerry gave a big speech last week about how his faith is so "important" to him. In this attempt to convince the American people that we should consider him for president, he announced that his favorite Bible verse is John 16:3. Of course the speech writer meant John 3:16, but nobody in the Kerry camp was familiar enough with scripture to catch the error. And do you know what John 16:3 says?
John 16:3 says; "They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me."
Analysis: False. John Kerry never said his favorite Bible verse is John 16:3, or anything resembling it. Neither did G.W. Bush, who was accused of making the same blunder a few months before. Nor did Al Gore, who purportedly said exactly the same thing in 1999.
Interestingly enough, G.W. Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush, did make precisely this mistake during a speech before a religious broadcasters' conference in 1990, according to newspaper columnist Cal Thomas, who witnessed the event firsthand.
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Sources and further reading:
G.W. Bush's Favorite Bible Verse: John 16:3
Netlore Archive, 2004
Al Gore's Favorite Bible Verse: John 16:3
Netlore Archive, 1999
Does Gore Stand by All the Misstatements He Never Made?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3 September 2000
Last updated: 08/18/04