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Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program For Children Grades K-12-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:  
This is a forwarded email containing articles that warn that President Obama has announced in a press conference the introduction of a nationwide Muslim outreach program for school children.

The Truth:  
We have not found any evidence of  such a press conference taking place on the White House website.  All of the President's official statements are transcribed and recorded in the Briefing Room section of the White House Internet site.   

The source for this whopper comes from an opinion posted on the blog of Pat Dollard, which quotes a statement allegedly made by President Obama, "We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks."    The President never made this comment and the U.S. has not killed millions of Muslims since the War on Terror began.  This is a line that has been used a number of times by the political satire site The National Report and we believe a joke story about the President declaring November as a month set aside to appreciate Muslims may be the source for Dollard's opinion.

We contacted Pat Dollard and requested a source for this story and are awaiting a response.

Posted 12/11/13

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A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Obama Administration Announces Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program For Children Grades K-12

Washington, DC — At a press conference today, President Obama announced plans for the first ever federally funded Muslim outreach program. The program will be available nationwide for all elementary school students grade K-12 beginning February 1st, 2014. The program is designed to educate children about the fundamentals of the Muslim religion and Islamic belief.

President Obama spoke with reporters to explain why it is so important that these outreach programs exist. “The Muslim community deserves our full understanding and respect,” Obama said. “We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. These folks are not all bad. In fact, most of them are hardworking citizens just like you and me. I encourage every student in America to participate in your school’s Muslim outreach program. Learn about the Muslim community, the beauty of the Sunnah and the magic of the Qur’an.”

35-year-old Paul Horner, a teacher at Starks Elementary School in Louisiana, told MSNBC he is excited about the new program. “I think anything a child can learn is good. 



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