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Originally published April 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM | Page modified April 28, 2011 at 6:14 AM

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Birthers signal they won't go away quietly

The people who do not believe President Obama was born in the United States show that a good conspiracy theory is like a coal-mine fire: something that can't be doused in a day.

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It proves nothing. It could be fake. It's fishy. Doesn't the scanned document have multiple layers? Why did it take so long to produce?

The people who do not believe President Obama was born in the United States showed Wednesday that a good conspiracy theory is like a coal-mine fire: something that can't be doused in a day.

"I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest," Obama said of his original birth certificate.

Correct. Birthers, far from chastised, were newly energized and freshly suspicious. For the committed conspiracy theorist, there is always another angle, another anomaly to scrutinize.

"It raises far more questions than it answers," said an almost breathless Joseph Farah, editor-in-chief of WorldNetDaily, an online site that has printed hundreds of items questioning Obama's citizenship.

Even if real, Farah said, the document raises questions about Obama's eligibility to be president. Because Obama's father was African, Farah contended the president might have had "dual citizenship" and therefore might not be a "natural-born" citizen, the eligibility requirement in the Constitution. He suggested it is necessary to revisit the intentions of the Framers.

Orly Taitz, a leader of the birther movement, told Talking Points Memo she believes the new document is questionable because Obama's father is listed as "African."

"It sounds like it would be written today, in the age of political correctness, and not in 1961, when they wrote white or Asian or 'Negro,' " Taitz said.

Obama critic Jerome Corsi has written a book, scheduled for a May 17 release, titled, "Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President." Corsi, who also writes for WorldNetDaily, will not be giving interviews until the book is on shelves, a WND spokesman said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said birthers use "coded and covert rhetoric to stir up racial fears," as a way to delegitimize Obama.

"It's a code word: 'He's not one of us,' " Jackson said, assessing the birther mindset. " 'He wasn't born here. He's not a Christian. He's a Muslim, we don't worship the same god.' It's a very coded designation."

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