Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program For Children Grades K-12-Fiction!
Muslim Prayer Room at High School in Hillard, Ohio-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email containing articles that warn that President Obama has announced in a press conference the introduction of a nationwide Muslim outreach program for school children.
We have not found any evidence of such a press conference taking place on the White House website. All of the President’s official statements are transcribed and recorded in the Briefing Room section of the White House Internet site.
In the summer of 2014, a new version of this hoax went viral on the Web alleging that a high school in Hillard, Ohio has opened a special room on campus for Muslim prayer. A spokesperson for the school district told us that this was completely inaccurate.
The source for this whopper comes from an opinion posted on the blog of Pat Dollard, which quotes a statement allegedly made by President Obama, “We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks.” The President never made this comment and the U.S. has not killed millions of Muslims since the War on Terror began. This is a line that has been used a number of times by the political satire site The National Report and we believe a joke story about the President declaring November as a month set aside to appreciate Muslims may be the source for Dollard’s opinion.
We contacted Pat Dollard and requested a source for this story and are awaiting a response.
Posted 12/11/13 Updated 09/11/14