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Index of Hoaxes & Fabrications

Since its inception Loonwatch has documented Hoaxes and false stories perpetuated by Islamophobes. Islamophobes as we see in the list below regularly fabricate and or decontextualize news stories in their efforts to demonize Islam and Muslims.

*Note: This list is not currently complete, but we hope to finish it soon:

6/1/09: Debbie Schlussel Pushes False Story That Virginia Tech Shooter Was Muslim

When the Virginia Tech Massacre occurred, the police told the press that the shooter was an “Asian male” Schlussel was quick to tie it to Muslims, saying in a racist screed that “Pakis are considered ‘Asian,’” and that it could be “part of a co-ordinated terrorist plot by Pakistanis.”

6/17/09: Holocaust Museum Shooting Exposes the Absurdity of Islamophobes

“This time we have Glenn Beck and none other then — you guessed it — Debbie Schlusseloutlandishly linking the Holocaust Museum shooting to Islam and Muslims.”

8/09 to 1/11: Fathima Rifqa Bary ‘apostasy controversy’ 

8/6/09: Anti-Muslim Blogoshpere Runs Amuck: Forced to Eat Crow

“Mass wedding purposefully misconstrued as mass pedophilia”

9/4/09: Spencer Pushes “Syringe Jihad” Hoax

“Robert Spencer sees these deplorable stabbings, presumably done by Uighurs, not as an instance of ethnic unrest but as something more insidious (i.e Jihad) . He does not attribute it to the tensions that exist in Xinjiang between Han Chinese and Uighurs, a tension that has increased over the years”

2/3/10: JihadWatch Hypocrisy Knows no Bounds

“Muslim relief workers in Haiti described as “stealth jihadists” by Robert Spencer.

4/16/10: Tariq Ramadan, “stealth jihadist,” exposed!

Everyone, and by everyone I mean Islamophobes know Ramadan is a “stealth jihadist,” except none of his words or actions confirm such suspicions.

5/5/10: South Park angle unlikely; Marriott Hotel, not Viacom, probable target

As it turns out South Park’s parent company was not the intended target. Islamophobes prayed that it was and made a concerted effort to hide the facts regarding probable blowback due to US policy in the Af-Pak region.

6/07/10: Israel Withdraws Islamophobic Claim that Flotilla Linked to Terrorists

Israel was claiming for quite some time that those aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla were terrorists, or linked to terrorists seemingly because many Muslims were aboard; they withdrew their claim in the face of facts.

6/24/10: Exposing David Wood: Of Mosques and Men, Pt. 1

Christian anti-Islam apologist fabricates story about Muslims in his university celebrating the attacks of 9/11.

6/29/10: Robert Spencer Exposed: Gets Facts on Pope Pius XII Wrong

Spencer claimed that Pope Pius XII, though “controversial” was “memorialized at Yad Vashem.”…  not only is Pope Pius XII not memorialized at Yad Vashem, his candidacy has been repeatedly rejected for decades.

7/11/10: Oklahomans in Fear of Ginned Up Islamophobic Fabrication About Imminent “Islam” Takeover

Imaginary perils in the “Sooner State.”

7/12/10: Geller Supports Karadžić, Denies Genocide

Pamela Geller is on the record now supporting Radovan Karadžić, the butcher of Bosnia. She claims there was “no genocide in Bosnia.”

7/22/10: Kooky Joe Kaufman Pushes Myth that ‘Six Flags Muslim Family Day’ is Supported by terrorists 

Kaufman claims group ‘could have been involved in financing the attacks of September 11.’

7/30/10: Anti-Mosque Protesters: Muslims Must Hate Dogs, Are the Enemies of Dog

She’s calling on people to bring their dogs and join in song tomorrow afternoon because, she told me, Muslims just hate dogs and songs. Of course, Muslim antipathy toward canines isn’t their worst offense, she told me.

8/5/10: Elena Kagan Promoting Shariah Law?

Robert Spencer, “[Kagan] would knowingly and wittingly abet the advance of Sharia, but she wouldn’t do it understanding anything about Sharia. She would do it out of her ignorance.”

8/12/10: Pamela Geller Falsely Claims Imam Rauf Made Comment “Blaming Jews” for 9/11

Pam Geller falsely claimed that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is heading an initiative to build an Islamic community center in Manhattan, once blamed “the Jews” for 9-11 and said, “If Americans only know it was the Jews’ fault, they would have done to the Jews what Hitler did.”

8/30/10: Paranoid Speak: Stealth Jihad

Here is the latest semantic assault from the party that brought you “Islamo-facism” (circa 2005) and “Axis of Evil” (2002).

11/24/10: Geller Claims Imam Rauf Getting Funds From Govt. For Second Wave of 9/11 Attacks

“Imagine the gall of these Islamic supremacists. The very idea that the infidels should finance the second wave of 911 attacks on the American people again exhibits the contempt Rauf and his gang have for the filthy kuffar.”

1/06/11: Frank Gaffney Thinks Some Conservatives are Muslim Brotherhood

Are a growing cross-section of American conservatives really secret Muslims bent on destroying western civilization?

Answer: No.

But that’s not stopping right-wing activist Frank Gaffney from claiming the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had been infiltrated by radical Muslims because of the inclusion of Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and former Bush staffer Suhail Khan.

1/06/11: Claims that the Gulen Movement is a CIA Front

Last time we visited the Gulen Movement they were being accused of being radicals who had training camps across America. Now they are being accused of being a CIA front.

1/16/11: Joe Kaufman O-Meter #4: Paying Homeless Folk to Attend his “Protests”

After Kaufman’s most recent protest ended our source noticed that they left one of their fellow protesters behind, a local homeless man who goes by the name “Red.”

Red we are told is a very nice man, he told our source that he was “paid in pizza to help in the protest” and he was also given some “spare change.” He didn’t know what the protest was about, but he was hungry and wanted to eat. So he helped!

1/17/11: Fisher Price: Islam is the Light Baby Doll?

Around Christmas time 2008 a doll was being sold by Fisher Price that cooed and gaga’d but through the power of suggestion some started to believe that the doll was saying, “Islam is the light.” Spencer and other Islamophobes jumped on this at the time and put it forward as another instance of the insidious creeping Jihad. One of Texas’s finest, Pastor David Grice extrapolated that the doll was a sign of “us” being “under attack religiously,” strangely he also saw a foreign Chinese conspiracy involved as well.

2/1/11:  Frank Gaffney Equals Paranoid Fearmongerer

On Fox News’ Fox & Friends, right-wing pundit and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney baselessly claimed that “Muslim Brotherhood front organizations” are influencing the U.S. government and are pushing “subversive techniques” to impose Sharia law in the U.S. Gaffney has a history of using Fox News to push his conspiracy theories about Sharia law.

2/9/11:  Iowa Voters Still Believe Obama is a Muslim

It looks like Sean Hannity and company are getting wackier by the minute. Here a panel group of caucus voters from Iowa say they believe Obama is an evil Mooslim.

2/9/11: World Net Daily worries that if you eat “halal” food you’re eating food sacrificed to idols

WND, the wacky right wing Evangelical website is forwarding the myth that halal food is sacrificed to idols. They also peddle the conspiracy that Americans are going to be forced to eat halal food. The piece from God Discussion is an excellent rebuttal.

3/31/11: Muslamic Ray Guns Being Used in Stealth Jihad

EDL genius thinks Muslamic ray guns being used by Islamizers

3/31/11: Donald Trump Says there is a Muslim Problem, Wants Obama’s Birth Certificate

Donald Trump is gearing up to run for president and is attempting to play to the uber-Conservative base of the Republican party. He questions Obama’s birth certificate, says “it might say he’s Muslim,” and also thinks there is a “Muslim problem,” to buttress this point he says he has been opposed to the “Ground Zero” mosque since the beginning. Talk about opportunist, if you look in the dictionary it might have Donald Trump’s sleaze ball face next to the definition.

3/31/11: Daily Star Reporter Quits Over Fictional Anti-Muslim Stories

The Daily Star has been accused of printing fictional stories by a disgruntled reporter who has resigned over its “hatemongering” anti-Muslim propaganda.

4/28/11: Pamela Geller Watch: Ties Gas Tanker Explosion in Congo to Electoral Violence in Nigeria

It turns out however that the above picture is not evidence of some “Muslim rampage” in Nigeria! The charred bodies are a tragic result of a tanker explosion in the CONGO!! A whole other country the last time I checked!

10/17/11: Fake Nigerian Christians Burnt Alive Photo Resurfaces on Facebook

7/18/12: Sodomy for Jihad or Islamophobic Hoax?

The Sodomy for Jihad hoax is making rounds all across the looniverse, on hate sites like Jihad Watch,Frontpage Magazine, and Winds of Jihad. Canada’s right wing Sun News also published the story and featured commentary from the ubiquitous native informant, Tarek Fatah.

8/20/12: The Muslim Brotherhood: Crucifixion or Just Plain Fiction?

Lurid tales of the Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood allegedly “crucifying” President Mohammed Morsi’s political opponents has gone viral all across the looniverse, but skepticism seems to have surfaced in an unlikely place…

9/18/12: Islamophobic Duck Rape Stories EXPOSED

The English Defence League (EDL) has recently shared a story from a far-rightIslamophobic website stating that a ‘Muslim’ raped a duck in Turkey. But far-right Islamophobic websites such as Barenakedislam and Vivienco have just twisted the story to suit their own agenda!

9/19/12: Pamela Geller Spreads Loon Hoax: “Nigerian Muslims Crucify Cat Over Muhammad Film”

In her recent lie against Nigerian Muslims she claims they crucified a cat in protest of the anti-Muslim movie, “Innocence of Muslims.”

9/27/12: Wingnut Islamophobes Create Another Hoax Story: Muslims Rape Horse

“Islamophobic sites like IslamVersusEuropeBaredNakedIslam and Vivienco, have been posting and regurgitating a story claiming that a 53-year-old ‘Muslim’ inhabitant of El Ejido abused, and raped a female horse (click on the names for their articles). But the story has been manipulated and has been a petty attempt to demonise Muslims.”

1/12/13: About that Muslims Harass Christian & Jewish Neighbors, Police Refuse to Help Story

An anonymous reader of her site asks Pamela to help her “tell the world about what is going on here so that people will fight these horrible pigs.”  [the “pigs” she refers to are Muslims.] In her story she complains about the French “socialist government”,  altercations with Muslim neighbors, and bizarre incidents that she is aware of (like Muslims forcing a Jewish child to eat pork or they would kill her parents).

2/24/13: It’s delicious to see very uncool people fall for ‘Rolling Stones’ anti-BDS hoax

Far-right commentators and Israel supporters rejoiced last week when it was announced that the Rolling Stones would play two concerts in Israel—the first to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, and the second to spite the BDS movement.

Except it wasn’t true.

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