Fact Check

Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Pushing an Anti-Witchcraft Law?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Feb 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on February 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House voted 230 to 199 on Friday evening to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from committee assignments over her remarks about QAnon and other conspiracy theories. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is pushing an anti-witchcraft bill that would create a Department of Anti-Witchcraft (DAW).

On Feb. 26, 2021, Patheos published an article positing that U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was pushing a bill into law that would create a Department of Anti-Witchcraft (DAW):

Marjorie Taylor Greene Pushes Anti-Witchcraft Law

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is promoting a bill that if signed into law will create the Department of Anti-Witchcraft (DAW). The handbook of the DAW will be the gold standard of anti-witchery, the 1490 classic Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches).

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article was written for the blog "Laughing in Disbelief" by Andrew Hall, who describes its content as being humorous or satirical in nature as follows:

Hello, my name is Andrew Hall and I’m the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Before getting to business I just want to thank you for taking some time and reading one of my posts. I appreciate it!

You probably clicked a link to a story and you’re here.

The story you were reading is satirical.

The Oxford Living Dictionary defines satire as:

The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Well, there you go. That’s what I try to achieve on Laughing in Disbelief.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.