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Did Hobby Lobby Stone a Gay Employee?

Did Hobby Lobby Stone a Gay Employee?

A report circulating this week claims that managers at a Hobby Lobby in Arkansas stoned an employee to death for being gay.

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The article is satire.

In an article entitled, “Hobby Lobby Stones Gay Employee to Death” by the Daily Currant, we read that the store’s management decided to stone a gay employee to death in accordance with the Biblical verse Leviticus 20:13.

Many internet readers shared the article, unaware that the story was completely fabricated.

Daily Currant

The Daily Currant is a website which produces satire. On its “about page” it states:

The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan.

Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence – which presses forward.

Q. Are your news stories real?

A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.

Other recent stories by the Daily Currant include a Tweet to George Washington from Sarah Palin and calls by John McCain to invade Belgium.

No such stoning occurred.

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Hobby Lobby

It is common for satirical websites such as the Daily Currant to produce content based on current events. In the case of this satire piece, it was published in the wake of the controversial decision by the Supreme Court in favor of Hobby Lobby’s objection to providing free contraceptive coverage for their employees.

Bottom Line

The story that Hobby Lobby management stoned a gay employee to death is a satire piece by the Daily Currant. No such event occurred. The article was published in the wake of a recent controversial Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby’s favor.

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