Obama Crushed as Trump Ends Prayer Rug Tradition-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

President Obama was crushed after President-elect Donald Trump ordered an end to “the sickest tradition,” an Islamic prayer ritual.

The Truth:

A fake news website is behind false reports that President Obama was crushed after President-elect Donald Trump ended secretive Muslim prayer rituals at the White House

The hoax story appeared at a website identifying itself as “The Resistance” and making clear in its “About Us” section that information in its stories “may or may not be reliable” in December 2016. The story, which appears under the the headline, “Obama Crushed After Trump Orders White House to Top His Sickest Tradition,” begins:

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the Executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

For the past 7 years, to appease any Muslims working at or visiting the White House, silence has been ordered during the five times of Islamic prayer each day. In addition, prayer rugs and crescent moon symbols are available in several areas of the executive mansion to make Muslims more comfortable.

The administration has defended the practice by asserting that it also observes several other religious moments of silence and prayer out of respect, including a full 15 seconds for Christianity on Sunday morning while a chaplain blesses a staff breakfast. None of the prayer is mandatory or led by a government official, which has allowed the administration to subvert 1st Amendment issues, but the obvious favoritism towards Islam, which is observed for 25 minutes per day seven days a week, tells a story this president has denied for eight years.

President-Elect Trump, who acknowledges that this country was founded by Christians and was built on Christian morals, is having all pagan symbols removed from the property unless they offer some historical significance. Only the cross in the White House chapel will remain for worship. Jim Mergernerlerny, head of the team that will transform the White House from the Obama’s home to the Trump’s second home, told MSNBC:

“Mr. Trump doesn’t see the need to provide prayer rugs and false idols is a house built by Christians. Washington DC offers a diverse cultural center for worship of any kind. You won’t find any special considerations for Judaism or crucifixes to appease Catholics, either. There is a simple chapel with a single cross on one wall that is suitable for prayer by anyone. Our government doesn’t need to be forcing prayer rituals down people’s throats just so we don’t ‘offend’ people looking to blow us up.”

The story falls in line with a long-running rumor that President Obama had installed Muslim prayer rugs at the White House and ordered silence daily during the Islamic call to prayer at the White House. Those (false) rumors were based on social media post by human rights attorney Qasim Rashid. Rashid posted video images of himself and others praying during a special event at the White House in July 2016.

That led to false reports that Obama had special Muslim prayer rugs installed and ordered silence during daily Islamic prayers at the White House — both baseless claims.

So, claims that Obama was crushed by Trump ending his “sickest tradition” are false and based on earlier false rumors.

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

Collected on: 12/12/2016

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