Religion

A familiar aspect of many religions is the use of narratives such as parables and fables to teach and reinforce moral attitudes and religious principles in forms easy to assimilate and remember. Likewise, urban legends are narratives often used to spread and reaffirm societal mores and beliefs, and since much of our moral code is mirrored in religion, the world of parables and urban legendry frequently intersect. All stories teach us something, and promise us something, whether they’re true or invented, legend or fact. — Stewart O’Nan

Person, Human, Hot Air Balloon
Did a Pastor Say Pokemon Was ‘Satanic Witchcraft’? The video sermon about Pokemon could be seen as an example of satanic panic.
    Correct Attribution
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Was Pope Francis Arrested on Charges of Child Trafficking? "Pope Francis is currently being held in an unknown prison," reported the Conservative Beaver, hours...
    False
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Did the Vatican Say It’s OK To Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? The Holy See gave Catholics the green light to get vaccinated against the pandemic disease.
    True
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Were Bibles Pulled From Shelves at Barnes and Noble? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Is Corona the Patron Saint of Plagues? St. Corona was likely martyred sometime in the 170s, but it's doubtful she was the...
    False
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Did Televangelist Joel Osteen Rip Up the Bible? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Did Boko Haram Behead a Nigerian Pastor After He ‘Refused to Deny Christ’? Readers inquired about the details surrounding the horrific execution of the Rev. Lawan Andimi in...
    Mixture
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Was This Woman Flogged for Drinking Beer in Iran? The origins of a frequently repurposed anti-Islam photograph remain murky.
    Miscaptioned
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Did Pope Francis Compare President Trump to King Herod? Herod the Great ordered the "massacre of the Innocents" in the Gospel according to Matthew.
    Mixture
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School, Human, Person
Were 3rd-Grade Students Disciplined For Saying ‘Jesus’ in Front of Non-Christians? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Did Chick-fil-A Stop Donations to Groups Criticized as Anti-LGBT? News reports left out important context about a major announcement by the fast food giant...
    Mixture
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Is ‘Muhaamidish Sensitivity Training’ Now a Requirement for Michigan Teachers? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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