Fake News: Pope Francis Did NOT Order White Women To Breed With Muslims

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Pope Francis Did NOT Order White Women To Breed With Muslims

Did Pope Francis order white women to breed with muslims to counter declining birth rates? No, that's not true. The racially charged quote was invented by a website that habitually takes bits and pieces of articles from other sites and then adds invented claims in the headline and first paragraph of their own version of the story. The Pope did not make those comments.

The fake quote originated from an article published by YourNewsWire on June 3, 2018 titled "Pope Francis Orders White Women To 'Breed' With Muslims" (archived here) which opened:

Pope Francis has compared Jesus Christ to the leader of an Islamic terrorist death cult and suggested Christian missionaries have a lot in common with members of ISIS, during a wide-ranging and shocking interview in which he also openly promoted socialism and ordered European women to "breed" with Muslim migrants in order to counter "declining birth rates."

"Today, I don't think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam," he told French newspaper La Croix. "It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam, however, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest."

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Pope Francis Orders White Women To 'Breed' With Muslims

Accepting migrants isn't enough for Pope Francis. He has ordered white women to reproduce with Muslim men in order to integrate them into Western society.

The original story on the La Croix website (which has an English translation of an interview with Pope Francis) does not even mention the word "breed":

INTERVIEW Pope Francis

Le pape François a accordé à " La Croix " un entretien de plus d'une heure qui s'est tenu au Vatican, à la résidence Sainte-Marthe, le lundi 9 mai. De nombreux thèmes ont été abordés : les racines chrétiennes de l'Europe, les migrations, l'islam, la laïcité, son idée de la France, les scandales de pédophilie.

Only the quote attributed to the Pope in the second paragraph of the YourNewsWire article actually appears in the interview:

Pope Francis: Today, I don't think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.

The Pope is refering to a passage in Matthew that commands to "go and make disciples of all the nations" by "baptizing" them, with some translations adding words like "teach". It is not immediately clear if this should imply violent "conquest" but some people could interpret it as such. But interpreting that as meaning "Christian missionaries have a lot in common with members of ISIS" sounds a bit over the top.

The original article also completely fails to even mention the words "socialist" or "socialism" so the part about "openly promoting socialism" also fails to pass the snif test.

YourNewsWire has published several hoaxes and fake news articles in the past so anything they write or publish should be taken with a large grain of salt. Their Facebook page "The People's Voice" recently lost its verification checkmark according to a report from MMFA.

The Terms of Use of the site also make it clear they don't really stand behind the accuracy of any of their reporting:

THE PEOPLE'S VOICE, INC. AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE.

The site was profiled in the Hollywood reporter where it was described as:

Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway -- a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 -- out of an apartment in L.A.'s historic El Royale.

RationalWiki described it as:

YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com[1]) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto ("News. Truth. Unfiltered").[1]

A while ago we also reported that YourNewsWire had rebranded itself as NewsPunch by changing its domain name in an apparent effort to evade filtering/blocking. It appears the site has changed back to it's old name in the mean time but you can still see the NewsPunch name in the contact email address in the footer.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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