AN RNC MEMBER BELIEVES HER LYING EYES…. Why do so many Americans continue to believe nonsense about President Obama’s faith? Iowa’s Kim Lehman offers a fascinating example. (thanks to reader M.M. for the tip)

Iowa’s Republican national committeewoman said today that she believes President Barack Obama is truly a Muslim, contradicting his earlier statements that he’s a Christian.

Kim Lehman, who is one of Iowa’s two national Republican Committee members, may be one of the first national committee members to publicly state she believes Obama is a Muslim.

Don’t worry, Lehman has proof. She explained late last week that the president “personally told the Muslims that he IS a Muslim” [emphasis in the original]. Lehman was referring to a speech Obama delivered last year in Cairo, in which the president said, “I’m a Christian.”

Lehman went on to say that the speech, emphasizing the need for international cooperation and the need for respect for Muslims throughout the West, “had a sense of embracing or aligning with the Muslims. I don’t know. It was unnecessary the stuff he said.”

She didn’t specify what “stuff” was “unnecessary.” She also didn’t explain how she came to believe the “sense” that the president was saying something he never said.

Lehman went on to say that her own humiliating ignorance isn’t nearly as important as the pressure that should be put on Obama. “He’s the one that the news is about. It isn’t about me,” she said. “Call the president…. Say, ‘Are you a Christian or not?’”

We’ve been through this. Obama told Christianity Today, for example, “I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn’t ‘fall out in church’ as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn’t want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.”

The willful ignorance of Republican officials is as ugly as it is bizarre.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.