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A Look at Some Widely-Spread Falsehoods About Muslims

Mislabeled footage of an aggressive "Muslim migrant" shared by President Donald Trump is just one more hoax in a long line of fabricated anti-Islam stories.

Published Nov 29, 2017

Anti-Muslim fervor has been bubbling for years in the United States and Europe, periodically stoked by elected officials and media outlets. Most of these tropes — usually involving the "outraged Muslims demand special treatment" trope — are either partially or wholly false; but they are repeated ad infinitum anyway.

Here are some of our top stories:


1. A video of a teenager beating up a person on crutches was shared by President Donald Trump along with the claim that the antagonist is a "Muslim migrant."
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/video-beating-dutch-boy-crutches/[/iframely]

2. A video showing a religious procession in Bradford, England, was misrepresented as a protest by those with an anti-Muslim agenda.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/video-muslims-sharia-ashoura/[/iframely]

3. A video showing a controversial Russian teacher smacking one of his students was recirculated with a claim that it shows a Muslim man slapping a Christian woman.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/muslim-man-slaps-christian-woman/[/iframely]

4. A misrepresented video claimed that Muslims "attacked" a Christmas tree in a Western mall, but the clip documents a post-Christmas event in Cairo.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/offended-muslims-attack-christmas-tree/[/iframely]

5. A series of articles try fervently to blame immigrants and Muslims for the devastating fires — falsely, misleadingly, and without evidence.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/immigrants-california-wildfires/[/iframely]

6. A hyperpartisan web site offered up a patchwork of half-truths and hyperbole to sow fear and hatred of refugees.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/somali-muslims-tennessee-town/[/iframely]

7. A photograph of a sign bearing an ominous threat from the group "Advancement of Islamic Agenda for America" is a digital fabrication.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/islamicagenda.asp[/iframely]

8. No, Muslims didn't recently decide to reschedule their celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in order to disrupt Christmas.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/muslims-declare-december-24th-islamic-holiday/[/iframely]

9. A "satirical" web site regurgitated Islamophobic stereotypes in a post following Ravi Bhalla's November 2017 election.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/did-hoboken-mayor-ravi-bhalla-vow-to-glorify-islam-in-every-decision/[/iframely]

10. An unreliable web site claimed that then-President Barack Obama declared Islam is the U.S.'s "official religion."
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/obama-declares-islam-as-americas-religion/[/iframely]

11. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett did not say she seeks "to help change America to be a more Islamic country."
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/jarrettislam.asp[/iframely]

12. Fake news reports that Dearborn, Michigan, has become the first U.S. city to implement Sharia law.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/sharia.asp[/iframely]

13. Photographs show sign-bearing Muslim protesters at a demonstration in London, but not a "Religion of Peace" demonstration.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/muslimprotest.asp[/iframely]

14. U.S. General John J. Pershing did not effectively discourage Muslim terrorists in the Philippines by killing them and burying their bodies along with those of pigs.[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/rumors/pershing.asp[/iframely]

15. Misleading articles claimed Burger King "bowed to Sharia law" by banning bacon, and urged Americans to boycott the chain.
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/burger-king-sharia-law/[/iframely]

16. A questionable and clickbait web site completely misrepresented objections to a French mayor's purported push against so-called "alternative menus."
[iframely]https://www.snopes.com/muslim-figure-pork-free/[/iframely]