According to a report that is currently making its way around the interwebs at speed, US President Obama has declared December 2015 as ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’. The report, which is published on a website that – at first glance – appears to be associated with Fox News , notes that:
President Barack Obama held a press conference today to announce his decision which will make the month of December ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’.
‘The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect,’ Obama told reporters. ‘We have disrespected these innocent and peaceful people in so many ways. We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks’.
The report claims that, should you have any questions or comments, you can call the 24-hour National Muslim Appreciation Hotline at (785) 273-0325.
However, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. Obama has made no such declaration for December or any other month. Nor is Obama’s supposed declaration mentioned by any credible news outlet. And the fake-news site that the report is published on is not part of Fox News as it attempts rather lamely to imply.
Moreover, the story is not even original. It is derived from another nonsensical report that falsely claimed that President Obama had declared November 2014 to be ‘International Muslim Awareness Month’. The two versions used almost identical wording. The original version was first published by the fake-news website National Report.
Of course, neither version should be taken seriously.
By the way, the National Muslim Appreciation Hotline phone number included in the report is listed as belonging to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.
Obama Declares December As National Muslim Appreciation Month
Washington, DC — President Barack Obama held a press conference today to announce his decision which will make the month of December ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’. “The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect,” Obama told reporters. “We have disrespected these innocent and peaceful people in so many ways.
Last updated: November 17, 2015
First published: November 17, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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