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Burned Texas Boy Prayers For Shares Hoax


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Outline

Message circulating on Facebook claims that you can offer prayers to help a badly burned Texas boy just by liking and sharing his picture.

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Brief Analysis

The message is just a callous attempt to collect likes and shares for a Facebook Page. The boy in the picture died in 2011 at the age of twenty. He was badly burned by an attacker when he was 8 years old. Please do not help the despicable person who created this message by liking and sharing the picture.

   

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Please Don't Ignore! He needs your prayers badly Texas boy burned at 8 says in deathbed video that attacker raped him beforehand.

Prayer for Share hoax


Detailed Analysis

This message, which is circulating on Facebook, claims that you can offer prayers to help a badly burned boy just by liking or sharing the boy's picture. The message implores people to participate, noting that the boy badly needs prayers after being burned by an attacker when he was just 8 years old. According to the message, 1 like equates to a single prayer for the boy while 1 share equates to a whopping 100 prayers.

Sadly, Robbie Middleton, the pictured boy, died in 2011.

Despite suffering burns to 99 per cent of his body, Robbie lived to be 20 before dying from a cancer that doctors say was directly linked to his horrific childhood injuries.

But the creator of the Facebook message featuring Robbie cares not one iota about his fate. This disgraceful individual has stolen Robbie's picture from a news site and used it in the bogus prayer request for the sole purpose of gathering likes and promoting a pathetic Facebook Page to a wider audience via shares. These callous like-farmers will use any means - including exploiting sick or injured children - to further their selfish and nefarious goals.

Moreover, even if you believe in the power of prayer, the premise suggested in the message is beyond absurd. Are we to believe that the owner of a Facebook Page brim full of inane drivel has somehow brokered a deal with God himself? Did the Almighty agree that one share equals 100 prayers and is keeping tally accordingly? I don't think so. Such ridiculous claims are a common theme in Facebook sick child hoaxes. If you believe that prayer can help somebody, then go ahead and pray. But, any claim that liking or sharing a particular message somehow correlates to a certain number of prayers - or any prayer at all - is utter nonsense and should be treated as suspect.

Sick child hoaxes like this one are rife on Facebook. Why? Because they work! They are a powerful means of tricking well-meaning users into liking and sharing material. Be wary of any message claiming that liking and sharing a picture of a sick or injured child will result in prayers or donations. Any such claims should be treated with suspicion. Please do not like or share such messages.

Last updated: June 10, 2015
First published: August 20, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Boy tied to tree and burned alive on his eighth birthday names his attacker
Child molester ordered to pay $150bn in compensation
Facebook Sick Child Hoaxes






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