Wingnuts Fall for Fake Article on the Pope

At least two Christian righters fell hook, line and sinker for an article on a satire site about Pope Francis saying that the Bible and the Quran are the same. Michael Bresciani, a self-declared prophet, published an outraged column about it at BarbWire:

The one world religion nonsense of the liberals across the globe just got a boost from Pope Francis. At the same time the truth and the plenary verbal inspiration of the scriptures has taken a serious hit, at least among the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics of the world.

Most of mainstream biblically based Christianity is still reeling from the Pope’s recent entrance into the uber-green panicky nonsense about global warming posing a threat to the very future existence of the human race.

The Olive Branch Report featured the commentary of Marianne Bernard in an article entitled “Pope Francis To Followers: “Koran And Holy Bible Are The Same.”

Bernard posed the question, “And the heresy continues. This was an article from earlier this year, but it clearly shows the false teaching that is now coming from the Vatican regarding Islam and Christianity. Can this be the start of the one-world religion?”

The earlier article Ms. Bernard is referring to appeared in the National Report and has garnered almost a hundred replies most which question the Pope’s wisdom.

We have a Pope who seems totally ignorant of the one quarter of the bible that lays out the future of man in clear and precise prophecies which are pre-written history, not suspect science, speculation or religious tripe.

A lot of time is spent on labeling non-Catholics as independents, but it takes little wisdom to recognize the semantic twisting of such an effort. It would be both accurate and far more honest to say that both Catholics and bible believing Christians are completely – ‘dependent.’ Catholics depend of the Pope for authority and biblically based Christians depend on the scriptures alone.

The National Report is a satire site. It has a disclaimer that says:

“National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help, please consult a professional. National Report is not intended for children under the age of 18.”

It contains articles with headlines like “Marcus Bachmann Questioned After Ruby Slippers Disappear from Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota” and “President Obama Advocates Eating Dogs In July 4th Address.” It could not possibly be any more obviously fake. So Bresciani claims to talk to God, but God didn’t bother telling him that he was going to embarrass himself by quoting a fake news site. The column has now been up for more than 24 hours, with no retraction or acknowledgement that it’s fake.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    A lot of time is spent on labeling non-Catholics as independents, but it takes little wisdom to recognize the semantic twisting of such an effort.

    Ugh. I get so sick of her anti-semantic screeds!!

  • John Pieret

    Apparently Matt Barber does have some shame. The article appears to be gone now.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    one quarter of the bible that lays out the future of man in clear and precise prophecies which are pre-written history

    Take that, regular history!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    It’s gone now.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Also, is he saying the Bible, and especially Revelation, is “clear and concise”?!?!?! Are we sure that Bresciani isn’t also satire?

  • Childermass

    Never fear, the article is still online at American Prophet

  • Childermass

    “Also, is he saying the Bible, and especially Revelation, is “clear and concise”?!?!?! Are we sure that Bresciani isn’t also satire?”

    Fundies have a habit of saying that that Bible clearly shows whatever idea is in their head is true. And if they are not saying that then they are saying if you have faith then God will give you that same clear and concise understanding when you read the Bible.

  • blf

    I admit I almost fell for a fake “Washington Post” article claiming the chief child rapist of rome did something along those lines (and if he did, it’s true: both are works of fiction). However, I was bothered by my searches not turning up any other reputable news source / story, plus the site not looking as I recalled the genuine Washington Post site looking. Then I noticed the disclaimer at the bottom saying, paraphrasing, “originally posted on National Report” plus some follow-up checks that the site was indeed yet another fake news site, possibly intended to parody(rather badly) the genuine site.

  • caseloweraz

    The National Report is a satire site. It has a disclaimer that says:

    [disclaimer snipped]

    To be fair, the disclaimer doesn’t appear on the main page. Bresciani might have fixed on the headline about the Pope and missed the rest. But yes, he should have done some checking.

  • colnago80

    Ole Bergoglio ain’t to popular with the Reich wing for having the temerity to accept the consensus of the experts on AGW.

  • dingojack

    Just wait ’til they see the news of what Mr Bek allegedly did in the eighties!!

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    Dingo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002686842900 ChristineRose

    I think 90% of these sites exist just for moments like this one. Wingnuts are minor fry compared to some of the foreign news services that have picked this stuff up though.

    One of the big things that convinced me that the Bible could not be infallible is that if you ask 10 true believers what something means you’ll get at least 11 answers. Yet every believer I’ve asked about this insists that the ambiguity makes it more, not less infallible, and while they occasionally admit they might be wrong, they always fall back on “God agrees with me” as the ultimate interpretive technique.

  • grumpyoldfart

    They’re not giving up without a fight. Over at American Prophets the article is still on show and an update points out that the source is a satirical site – but they are still saying the gist of the story is true!

    While a quote has not been found it is the other behaviors of the Pope that will lead some to think that everything in the Christian faith including the Bible is on the same par with Islam and the Koran.

    Since Islam is the perfect antithesis to Christianity the warning stands, even while the original source was incorrect.

    http://americanprophet.org/Pope-Francis-Leads-the-Apostasy-Says-the-Bible-and-the-Koran-are-the-Same-by-Michael-Bresciani_1871.htm

  • chris69

    Of course barbwire.com just removed the page rather than admitting that they were fooled by a satirical website and maybe giving a warning on not to believe everything you see on the web. In other words just another normal day in wingnut world.

  • Callinectes

    The real story here is that Obama did not take advantage of the July 4th address to advocate the eating of dogs. This oversight will surely colour his legacy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whumenansky williamhumenansky

    I got a not found when I went to Barbwire site.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Of course the Koran and the Holy Bible are the same thing. It’s just that the Catholic version is derived from a superior manuscript tradition. Problem solved!

  • azpaul3

    But, Pope Funnihat is right. Bible and Quran are the same. When you pour gasoline on them and strike a match they burn equally well.

  • freehand

    Odd. I just started up my browser, saw this blog post, and followed the link to the article under discussion. AFAICT, it hasn’t been rewritten to acknowledge its satirical nature (“We have always been at war with East Asia”).

  • freehand

    Yes, my Southern Baptist preacher grandpa always said that other Christian denominations interpreted the bible, but Southern Baptists just read it as it was. Even when I was a 10 year-old True Believer, I thought that folks couldn’t look at a damn rock without seeing it differently. I could never bring myself to harshly judge another Christian for reading the scriptures differently and accidentally disagreeing with God (grandpa).

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    Of course by the time I was 13, I just decided that they were all insane(1).

    .

    1. Yes, I know now that they (most of them) did not have actual organic brain diseases, but:

    a. I didn’t know much about neural pathologies and variations at that time, and

    b. By the time these folks reach adulthood, they are seriously dysfunctional in important ways. I see them as analogous to adult-onset diabetes – nothing inherently wrong there medically, but definitely wrong via development.