Obama Executive Order Bans Pledge of Allegiance-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

President Obama has signed an executive order banning the Pledge of Allegiance in all public schools.

The Truth:

A fake news website is behind false reports that President Obama signed an executive order banning the Pledge of Allegiance.

The story appeared at a fake news website that is designed to dupe readers into thinking that it’s ABC News. The site has a very similar URL to ABC News’ website, but there’s one important difference: a “.co” that appears at the very end of the rogue site.

The story, which appears under the headline “Obama Signs Executive Order Banning The Pledge of Allegiance in Schools Nationwide,” reports that with the president’s signage of Executive Order 13738, it’s now illegal for any federally-funded organization (including schools, apparently) to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

But in reality, there is no such thing as Executive Order 13738. All of the executive orders that Obama has signed can be viewed here, at the official White House website. Nothing pertaining to the Pledge of Allegiance can be found there.

Fringe websites like Above Top Secret re-reported the story as actual news, incorrectly attributing the report to the Associated Press, but rest assured that there’s not truth to this rumor.

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

Collected on: 08/17/2016

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