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Hoax - '9 Year Old Suspended From School for Saying Merry Christmas'

Circulating report claims that a fourth grade San Francisco boy was suspended from school for wishing his atheist teacher a Merry Christmas.

Published: December 18, 2013

Unrelated Image Used - 'Christian Girl Thrown Out Window By Muslim Mob'

Circulating protest message that features a photograph of a woman falling from a building claims that the image was taken last week and depicts a "Christian girl" being deliberately thrown from a window by a Muslim mob.

Published: December 4, 2013

Christmas Lights were NOT Banned in Cardwell, North Queensland

Circulating rumours claim that the local council in the small north Queensland town of Cardwell have banned the displaying of Christmas lights after receiving a complaint from a local mosque.

Published: December 2, 2013

Bogus Message Proclaims ' Christmas is banned: IT Offends Muslims'

Circulating message features a photograph depicting a newspaper headline that screams "Christmas is banned: IT Offends Muslims".

Published: November 4, 2013

Marks & Spencer Poppy Sales Three Percent False Rumour

Rapidly circulating social media post claims that UK store chain Marks & Spencer is only giving the Royal British Legion three percent of sales from poppies it sells.

Published: November 1, 2013

Stephen Harper Inflammatory 'First Nations' Tweet Exposed as a Hoax

Circulating message features a screenshot of a supposed tweet by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in which he states that Canada will not yield to the First Nations and promises to crush their demonstrations. The message claims that the offending tweet was quickly removed and asks users to share the screenshot as a means of exposing and shaming Prime Minister Harper.

Published: October 24, 2013

Amy Hamilton Missing Child Hoax

Missing person poster circulating via social media claims that 6-year-old Amy Hamilton is missing from the Croydon area of London and is believed to have been kidnapped by an "Asian grooming gang".

Published: October 23, 2013

Circulating Story Claims 'Salvation Army says that Gays Should be Put To Death'

Circulating message claims that the Salvation Army has stated that gays should be put to death. The message includes an image of Salvation Army collectors posing beside a "Gays Not Allowed" sign.

Published: September 25, 2013

Malicious Hoax Falsely Claims 'Baby Attacked by Asian Youth'

Circulating message featuring an image of a baby with what appears to be a badly beaten face linked to a supposed news article that claimed that the pictured baby was punched and thrown against a wall by "an Asian youth".

Published: September 18, 2013

Malicious Hoax Falsely Claims Leicester Pub Bans British Soldiers

Viral social media message claims that owners of the Globe Pub in Leicester, UK, have banned all British military personnel from entering their premises for fear of upsetting local non-British customers. The message features a picture supposedly depicting the owners of the pub.

Published: August 19, 2013

A 'Yes' Vote in an Upcoming Australian Referendum Will NOT Result in Sharia Law Being Implemented

Message exhorts Australian citizens to vote "NO" in an upcoming referendum to recognize local government in the constitution because a "YES" vote will mean that Muslims living in a local area can demand that Sharia law be implemented.

Published: August 1, 2013

Misleading and Inaccurate Diatribe - 'Toning Down' Anzac Day 2015

Bitter and inflammatory political diatribe claims that Australia's Federal government is intent on toning down the Anzac Day 2015 centenary because the event may offend immigrants to Australia.

Published: April 12, 2013

No, Radiation from Fukushima has NOT Killed Hundreds of Whales

Circulating message couched as a news report claims that hundreds of whales have been killed by radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The report features a photograph showing dead whales on a beach.

Published: September 5, 2013

False Claim – Muslims can Avoid Paying Bedroom Tax by Designating One Bedroom as a Prayer Room

Messages circulating via social media claim that Muslims can be exempted from the new bedroom tax imposed on UK welfare recipients by setting aside the spare bedroom as a prayer room.

Published: April 10, 2013

False Claim - Anzac Day Badges Banned at Mt. Warren Park Shopping Centre

Circulating message claims that Anzac Day badges were not sold at Mt. Warren Shopping Centre because the owner of the centre is from the Middle East and he refused permission for businesses in the complex to sell the badges.

Published: April 9, 2013

The Bogus Tale of The British Flag Lapel Pin and the Rude Muslim Woman in the Checkout Queue

Message tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a British supermarket checkout queue was taken to task and put in her place by an elderly shopper after she made critical remarks about the cashier's British flag lapel pin and the UK's military involvement in Afghanistan.

Published: April 8, 2013

Vladimir Putin's Supposed Speech to the Duma on Minorities and Sharia Law

Widely circulated message claims that, in a February 14, 2013 speech to the Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly advised Russian minorities that they should speak Russian and adapt to Russian culture if they wish to live in the country and that, if they prefer Sharia Law, then they should go somewhere else to live.

Published: April 8, 2013

Robin Williams 'Perfect Plan' For Peace Speech

Long circulated message claims that US comedian Robin Williams came up with a "perfect plan" for achieving peace in the world, which he delivered during a speech in New York.

Published: April 1, 2013

'Bad Brit' - Nigel Farage and the Tory Party's Worst Nightmare

A circulating political piece that discusses perceived issues with UK social and political life is attributed to British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage.

Published: March 28, 2013

Hoax - Julia Gillard Tells Muslims To Adapt or Leave

Widely circulated message claims that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia

Published: January 11, 2013

More 2012 US Election Dissatisfaction: California’s Prop 37

There have been a number of inquiries emailed to Hoax-Slayer regarding the California’s Proposition 37, its apparent defeat, and claims of voter fraud in light of hundreds of thousands of uncounted votes days past the actual election.

Published: November 14, 2012

US States Petition For Secession

Posts are currently being shared that include links to petitions and indicate a signature on those petitions will support certain states’ efforts to secede from the United States.

Published: November 13, 2012

Hoax - Oliver North Warned Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987

Long circulated message claims that, while testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North warned questioning US senator Al Gore about a very dangerous Muslim terrorist named Osama bin Laden and recommended that an "assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth".

Published: November 5, 2012

Australia Day Name Change Hoax Targets Prime Minister Gillard

Vitriolic and abusive social media comments claim that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to change the name of Australia Day to "Citizens Day" in an attempt to pander to migrant groups.

Published: November 2, 2012

UN Observers at USA Polls? No – And The Real Observers Have Been Doing That Since 2002. They Also Don’t Wear Body Armour.

Recently circulated photos and posts accuse the Obama administration of bringing in UN troops to monitor polls during the 2012 general election (held on 06 November 2012). The observers are actually from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). OSCE is an intergovernmental organization and is independent of the United Nations. They have been observing major national elections in the US, by invitation of the US government, since the 2002 general election.

Published: October 26, 2012

Hoax - Obama's Cook County Correctional Center

Message that features a series of photographs depicting a luxuriously appointed prison claims that the pictures show the Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project brought to fruition by Barack Obama.

Published: October 8, 2012

Circulating Opinion Piece - 'Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare'

Oft forwarded political piece stridently discusses a long list of perceived problems with social and political life in modern America.

Published: August 9, 2012

Bill Cosby - 'I'm 76 and I'm Tired'

Circulating diatribe that condemns the conduct of Muslims and blames many of the world's ills on poor and lazy people is attributed to US comedian Bill Cosby.

Published: 7th October 2011

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