Child Punishment, Islamic Style – A Hoax

A few minutes ago, I was thinking about what to write here. Suddenly, a PowerPoint presentation appeared in my inbox that showed what was purported to be an example of a child being punished – Islamic style.

I was so shocked that I sent the presentation on to a few friends, and prepared to communicate my horror here.

But, a little warning light went on in the back of my mind, and I decided to run a background check on that PowerPoint presentation. Sure enough, it was a hoax. You can see the description here:

http://snopes.com/photos/gruesome/crushboy.asp

Imagine my embarrassment when I found out!

Yes, professional writers CAN get sucked into hoaxes, and I’ve seen quite a few do so. Furthermore, this isn’t the first time for me – although I was only hoodwinked for about five minutes.

Unfortunately, that still doesn’t change the fact that I was, a party to a lie. Yes, I did attempt to recall the message, and yes I did send out messages describing the hoax. But, that just means that I limited the damage.

My mistake is something that we are all prone to. We ALL, from time to time, pass on lies. If that happens to you, be sure to tell everyone of the mistake – and learn from it.

Remember that any news that is UNimaginable may very well be UNtrue. Keep that in mind, and you will save yourself the embarrassment of having to tell everyone how much an idiot you are.

Mea Culpa.