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Fake News: Supreme Court Did NOT Rule Muslims Can't Use The Quran for Swearing into Federal Office

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 02 Jul 2019 08:14:28 Z)

Did the Supreme Court rule muslims can't use the Quran for swearing into Federal Office? No, that's not true: the story originated on a parody website but it has since been copied by a wide variety of mostly foreign-run copycat sites that push the story without the parody disclaimer in order to generate outrage clicks to earn ad money.

The story originated from an article (archived here) on So Right It Hurts where it was published on January 1, 2019 under the title "Supreme Court Rules Muslims can't use The Quran for Swearing into Federal Office". It opened:

In a huge victory for Christians everywhere. The Koran has been deemed an invalid and potentially illegal use of a "religious" manuscript.

Although Jesus taught his disciples to avoid making judgements of others with different faiths he didn't know that these Islamic worshipers were going to be burning people alive!

So the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled 5-4 against using the Koran for anything other than scrap paper. the tie-breaker was none other than Brett Kavanaugh who struck down the use of the Quran like a Lib at a Trump rally!

Screenshot of https://www.sorightithurts.com/2019/01/01/supreme-court-rules-muslims-cant-use-the-quran-invalid-for-swearing-into-federal-office/

The author of the story has following bio, giving a first hint the story might not be real:

Hugh Parsons
Hugh Parsons is a retired brick layer / mason and has had it with all the liberal garbage out there! He hates fact-checkers that tend to ruin the party he brings. His stories fit the far-right narrative so well that you may have to ask, is this really good or even real at all?

A second hint is the slogan "Parody through mockery" in the site header, which links to following disclaimer:

Everything on this site is paradoxical, meaning it's a parody of the pain and pleasure points of every person who supports Donny Trump. We do this by using any number of common logical fallacies through patterns of deception.

Our goal is to create the most outlandish stories we can think of and see who will still believe them.

Sorry, not sorry.

Also note that the website for the United States Supreme Court at present has no search results (archived here) dating after Brett Kavanaugh's tenure that even mention the word "quran".

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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