First Full Supreme Court Ruling Has Obama Furious-Fiction!
First Full Supreme Court Ruling Has Obama Furious-Fiction!Summary of eRumor: The first full U.S. Supreme Court ruling with newly confirmed Justice Neal Gorsuch has President Obama furious that the only Islam that will be taught in public schools is the history of radical Islam. The Truth: A self-described fake news website is behind a false report that Justice Neal Gorsuch was the tie breaker on Supreme Court ruling that only Islam taught in public schools will be on the history of radical Islam. The story appeared at the misinformation website The Last Line of Defense under a headline, "First Full Supreme Court Ruling In Over A Year Has Obama FURIOUS," and it was quickly shared on social media thousands of times. The article wrote that the court split 5-4 on the decision, with Justice Gorsuch casting the tie-breaking ballot, writing in his decision:
The government certainly has no business being involved in religion, but this isn’t a government issue or a religious issue. This is about the Judicial branch interpreting the laws as they apply to the teaching of religion. We should be teaching any religions in this country besides standard Judeo-Chritianity, as our founders wanted, and we certainly shouldn’t be filling the children with lies about Islam being a “religion of peace” when they see the carnage on the news almost every day.
It is our duty as Americans first and judges second to safeguard the way our children are indoctrinated.
The false report was timed to coincide with oral arguments for Justice Gosuch's first case on the Supreme Court — but that case didn't have anything to do with studying Islam in public schools. The false report deployed a common fake-news tactic: combining factual news (Gorsuch's first case on the Supreme Court) with a fictional twist (that the first case was on teaching Islam in public schools).
In reality, Last Line of Defense explains in its disclaimer that its stories include "information from sources that may or may not be reliable and facts that don't necessarily exist," continuing:
All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney. Pictures that represent actual people should be considered altered and not in any way real.
So, reports that the first full U.S. Supreme Court ruling with Justice Gorsuch has President Obama furious are fiction — and all articles published by Last Line of Defense should be considered the same.