Theresa May Reminds U.K. Citizens That State Owns Their Children-Fiction!

Theresa May Reminds U.K. Citizens That State Owns Their Children-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

British Prime Minister Theresa May reminds U.K. citizens that the “all-powerful state” actually owns their children.

The Truth:

A website that publishes “Christian news satire” is behind false rumors that Theresa May issued a reminder to U.K. citizens that the state owns their children.
The article appeared at The Babylon Bee on April 24. It likely references the story of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, which sparked worldwide outcry. The toddler, who had been in a “semi-vegetative” state, was removed from life support against the will of his parents. Alfie Evans’ condition reportedly remained stable, and his parents said on April 26th that they’ll take the boy home. May was criticized for remaining silent on the issue.

A satirical report that Theresa May reminded U.K. citizens that the state owns their children have been take out of context on social media.

Amid the backlash over Alfie Evans, The Babylon Bee published its “satirical” story about Theresa May’s timely reminder. Appearing under the headline, “Prime Minister Issues Friendly Reminder To UK Parents That The State Owns Their Children,” the story quotes May as saying:

“Yes, we’re gracious enough to allow your kids to reside with you and for you to make lots of the decisions in their day-to-day lives, but when the rubber meets the road, we just want you to remember that the Almighty State straight-up owns your kids and will do with them as we will,” she said. “We make all the big decisions, and you have pretty much zero say when it comes right down to it. Just keep that in mind and stay in your place.”

Again, The Babylon Bee clearly identifies its content at “Christian news satire.”

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