Hateful Westboro Baptist Church Caught Up in Turkey Recall Hoax
We can only hope that, over the last few days, the haters at the notorious Westboro Baptist Church have been kept busy fielding phone calls about virus infected Thanksgiving Turkeys rather than spreading their vile doctrines.
Why? Well, a circulating hoax claims that millions of Thanksgiving turkeys have been recalled because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus that could infect humans. And, the story includes the phone number for the Westboro Baptist Church.
The story, published by the fake-news 'satire' website National Report, advises people to call the 'Turkey Safety Hotline' if they are concerned about the safety of a turkey they have purchased. But, the phone number provided is not a safety hotline. Instead, the number belongs to the Westboro Baptist Church.
And, apparently, many people are actually calling the 'hotline'! A number of comments on the original story complain that the 'Turkey Safety Hotline' is constantly busy and suggest that the government should be making more lines available.
Westboro Baptist Church has so far made no public comment on the issue.
In fact, this is not the first time that National Report has pranked Westboro Baptist Church by including their phone number in an article. An earlier National Report story, which falsely claimed that President Obama had declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month', featured a number for the '24-hour National Muslim Appreciation Hotline'. Again, the listed number belonged to the Westboro Baptist Church.
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Last updated: November 27, 2014
First published: November 27, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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