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Muslim New Jersey Mayor Abolished Christmas to Respect Other Religions-Fiction!

Muslim New Jersey Mayor Abolishes Christmas to Respect Other Religions-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Reports that the “Muslim New Jersey Mayor” abolished Christmas to show respect for other religions circulated in November 2017 after Ravi Bhalla’s election as mayor of Hoboken.

The Truth

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla didn’t abolish Christmas after being elected in November 2017. And Bhalla isn’t a Muslim — he’s a Sikh, which is a different faith.

Rumors that the so-called Muslim New Jersey mayor abolished Christmas came from the website Reagan Was Right, which describes its content as “satirical.”  Appearing under the headline, “Muslim New Jersey Mayor Just Abolished Christmas ‘To Respect Other Religions,'” the false report has been widely shared on social media.

 

Various fringe websites re-reported a fabricated report that the so-called “Muslim mayor” abolished Christmas.

The story reports that Ravi Bhalla “wasted no time in implementing his new regime,” and issued an order that ended “government involvement in the Christian holiday Christmas” out of respect for “other religions.'” The article quotes the “turban-wearing Muslim mayor” as saying:

“There are many who do not celebrate Christmas. Muslims do not celebrate Christmas. Jews do not celebrate Christmas. Atheists do not celebrate Christmas. The list goes on.”

Aside from the website’s “satire” disclaimer, there are a few obvious clues that the report isn’t accurate. First, it attributes the quote to “The Hoboken Star” — a publication that doesn’t exist. Second, it misidentifies Ravi Bhalla as a Muslim, a blatant factual error that should call the site’s credibility into question.

The Sikh Coalition explains that there’s a common misconception that Sikhism is a combination of Hinduism and Islam. However,  Sikhism “has its own scriptures, gurus and houses of worship. Sikhism is a separate faith, and is not a branch of any other religion.”

For all those reasons, it’s easy to classify claims that the Muslim New Jersey mayor abolished Christmas as “fiction.”

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