Real News: Beware of Fake Faith News!

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Real or Fake? What Really Happened? What’s True and what’s a Lie?

Ah, it’s Christmas-time, the wonderful season when Fake Faith News finds “persecution!” as well as “miracles!” everywhere.

For instance. . .

  1. Elementary school in Pennsylvania cancels their school play, “A Christmas Carol”
  2. Rumor is. . .it was cancelled because Tiny Tim says, “God Bless Us Everyone”
  3. Breitbart, FOX, other conservative local stations pick up the story and RUN
  4. Definitely a case of Christian Persecution!!
  5. The school gets hundreds of calls. . .Jewish family doesn’t feel safe. . .Facebook comments are threatening (this is a new Christian virtue, you know)
  6. The school responds with this Reasonable Response:

“Over the years, preparations had evolved to take 15 to 20 hours of instructional (educational) time to produce this play. Given changes in state standards in recent years, we could not defend the commitment of this kind of instructional time to something not part of the fifth grade curriculum. The teachers agreed that they did not want our students to be put at a disadvantage relative to their peers from other schools in preparation for 6th grade; therefore, the play was cancelled.
… One rumor we’ve been addressing is that one or two families influenced this decision. That’s just not true. The instructional time issue was our primary concern.

See, that damn Education is a Threat to Religious Liberty!

Well, I sure hope that community will now have a Very Merry Christmas. . .

I often wonder if it’s time to teach kids to Fact-Check Faith as well.

How do we know what is fake or true when it comes to faith, religion, god, holidays. . .?


Here’s some Real News that’s encouraging:

The News Literacy Project is now available to students:

“The Classroom Where Fake News Fails” (NPR)

“Many schools — perhaps most — aren’t doing nearly enough to help students learn how to sort fact from social-media fiction. But some are.”

“These teens say they get their news largely from the social media on their smartphones. An infinite stream of stories. Some true. Some false. Much of it written by strangers hoping their readers can’t tell the difference.”

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