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November Surprise

Claim:   President Obama has declared November 2013 to be National Muslim Appreciation Month.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, September 2013]

According to nationalreport.net, Obama has declared November national muslim appreciation month. Well? True or false? I saw this on a friend's post on Facebook.

Origins:   On 27 September 2013, the National Report published an article ("Obama Declares November National Muslim Appreciation Month") positing that President Obama had proclaimed November 2013 to be National Muslim Appreciation Month, a time to "celebrate the Muslim community" in the United States:
President Barack Obama held a press conference to announce that he is declaring the month of November 'National Muslim Appreciation Month'.

"The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect," Obama told reporters. "We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. They are not all bad. In fact most of them are good. So from now on, November will be a month to celebrate the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran."
By the following day links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered the item mistaking it for a genuine news article. However, the article was just a bit of satire from the National Report, a web site that publishes outrageous fictional stories such as "IRS Plans to Target Leprechauns Next," "Boy Scouts Announce Boobs Merit Badge," and "New CDC Study Indicates Pets of Gay Couples Worse at Sports, Better at Fashion Than Pets of Straight Couples."

The National Report's (since removed) disclaimer page notes that:
National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.
The phone number given at the end of the National Report article for contacting the "24-hour National Muslim Appreciation Hotline" actually belongs to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.

Last updated:   28 September 2013

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