A spoof website reporting false news recently wrote that President Obama removed “Under God” from the nation’s Pledge of Allegiance, but the rumors have been proven false.
Snopes reports that on January 31, the website TD Alliance reported that President Obama ordered that “Under God” be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance and banned it from being used from all government buildings in the nation. According to the website,
“In a flurry of executive orders signed by President Obama this week, one order will edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase ‘Under God’.
“For several years, Atheist and Muslim activists have put pressure on the White House for the move citing religious freedom regulations.”
The website also wrote that White House spokesman Josh Earnest told FOX News that the Bill of Rights states that the government cannot set an official religion for itself.
“The separation of church and state outlined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is an important founding principle of our nation. Our nation’s Bill of Rights guarantees not only that the government cannot establish an official religion, but also guarantees citizens’ rights to practice the religion of their choosing or no religion at all.”
TD Alliance is associated with the Facebook page “Fox News The FB Page,” which creates spoof stories about Fox News. The Facebook page is designed in a way to trick people into believing it’s the authentic page for Fox News, yet it’s in no way associated with the true Facebook page for Fox News, which boasts over a million “likes,” while the fake page only has a little over 800.
The fake Facebook page uses news screenshots and the Fox News logo to make it seem authentic, and claims to be the official Fox feedback page, although there is a blatant grammatical error on its “About” page.
“Welcome to the official Fox News Feedback page. Get breaking news, must see videos and exclusive interviews from the #1 name in fair and balnced [sic].”
A list of President Obama’s true executive orders are available on the official White House “Executive Orders” page, yet there is no mention at all of any orders to change any part of the Pledge of Allegiance.
This isn’t the first time President Obama has been victim to fake internet rumors and stories. In November, 2014, a video of Obama’s speech in Europe was doctored to indicate that he called for a “New World Order,” something that’s he’s never said during any public speech during his time as president.
In 2012, a rumor about gun control indicated that Obama would force a complete gun ban and gun control on all weapons owned by U.S. citizens. Although the administration planned to negotiate a treaty that would regulate the international export and import of weapons, there’s never been any orders set to completely ban weapons owned by citizens in the U.S. who are legally allowed to have a fireman.
Obama stated recently, however, that there needs to be better measures when conducting background checks on those who want to purchase weapons, and the White House is currently seeking ways to provide this. Yet, even with the new measures being taken, President Obama has not signed off on any orders to ban weapons in the U.S.
FactCheck, a nonpartisan, nonprofit Annenberg Public Policy Center organization, suggests checking its site for correct facts on President Obama and other politicians. The site’s mission is to “Reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”
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