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U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft believes calico cats are of the devil-Fiction!

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft Thinks Calico Cats are Evil-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The eRumor quotes from an article about U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft saying that he believes that calico cats are a sign of the devil.  

The Truth:


There is no evidence that John Ashcroft believes that calico cats are evil or of the devil.
This rumor got started from an article on 11/21/01 by Andrew Tobias a best-selling author and well-known Democrat.

In the article, published on his website at www.andrewtobias.com, he told a story of an advance team for Ashcroft going to the Hague and being worried about whether there were any calico cats there. 

The reason, they explained, was that Ashcroft believed that calico cats were a sign of the devil.

The story spread via the Internet and worked its way into the general media.
Ashcroft is a devout Pentecostal Christian and whose critics have used that against him.

Tobias was later asked where he got the story about Ashcroft and calico cats.
On his website, he said “
I got this odd story from someone who was definitely in a position to know and then confirmed it with someone else, also in a position to know.

That said, it’s certainly possible that Ashcroft doesn’t actually believe that calico cats are signs of the devil, even though his aides said he does.”

 Last updated 12/3/04