CLAIM

Donald Trump canceled various White House measures accommodating Islamic prayers in the building, upsetting President Obama. See Example( s )

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Collected via Email, December 2016

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the Executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For the past 7 years, to appease any Muslims working at or visiting the White House, silence has been ordered during the five times of Islamic prayer each day. In addition, prayer rugs and crescent moon symbols are available in several areas of the executive mansion to make Muslims more comfortable. The administration has defended the practice by asserting that it also observes several other religious moments of silence and prayer out of respect, including a full 15 seconds for Christianity on Sunday morning while a chaplain blesses a staff breakfast. None of the prayer is mandatory or led by a government official, which has allowed the administration to subvert 1st Amendment issues, but the obvious favoritism towards Islam, which is observed for 25 minutes per day seven days a week, tells a story this president has denied for eight years. President-Elect Trump, who acknowledges that this country was founded by Christians and was built on Christian morals, is having all pagan symbols removed from the property unless they offer some historical significance. Only the cross in the White House chapel will remain for worship. Jim Mergernerlerny, head of the team that will transform the White House from the Obama’s home to the Trump’s second home, told MSNBC: “Mr. Trump doesn’t see the need to provide prayer rugs and false idols is a house built by Christians. Washington DC offers a diverse cultural center for worship of any kind. You won’t find any special considerations for Judaism or crucifixes to appease Catholics, either. There is a simple chapel with a single cross on one wall that is suitable for prayer by anyone. Our government doesn’t need to be forcing prayer rituals down people’s throats just so we don’t ‘offend’ people looking to blow us up.” Patriots around the US can rest assured that the era of apologizing for our faith has come to an end.
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ORIGIN

 On 2 December 2016, a “satirical” site — which contains a disclaimer buried deep on its “About Us” page — posted a hoax story (“Obama Crushed After Trump Orders White House to Stop His Sickest Tradition”) that reported outgoing United States President Barack Obama was seen storming out of the White House because of the cancellation of one of his most “secretive rituals.” 

According to the article, Obama secretly ordered White House staff to order silence in the building during the five daily Muslim prayers, collectively known as the Salat or Salah. The story also accuses Obama of making prayer rugs available in order to make Muslims more comfortable. However, it says, President-elect Donald Trump put a stop to the practice and ordered “all pagan symbols” to be removed from the property:

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the Executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

To further its spurious claim, this story features a photo of Muslim men in prayer, suggesting that it was taken as part of this “secret” ritual. The picture was taken at the White House — by attorney Qasim Rashid — but the prayer was actually part of a special event in July 2016:

The allegation about the prayer rug is similar to a thoroughly debunked claim that Obama had a “Muslim prayer curtain” put in the White House. Obama has also been (falsely) accused of “enforcing” Islamic prayers on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and cancelling the National Day of Prayer.

The site presents itself as a conservative-oriented news site, failing to mention its hard-to-find disclaimer:

The Resistance may include information from sources that may or may not be reliable and facts that don’t necessarily exist. All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney.

The site also falsely claims that comedian Rosie O’Donnell was detained by the Secret Service for threatening Trump on Twitter, and that Obama “banned” Baby Jesus” from the White House.