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City of Dearborn Responds to Satirical 'Sharia Law' Article

City of Dearborn is "not amused by falsehood; sets record straight."

The National Report, a website that posts fake news stories, published an article Sunday stating that the city of Dearborn has implemented Sharia Law.
The National Report, a website that posts fake news stories, published an article Sunday stating that the city of Dearborn has implemented Sharia Law.

On Sunday, the National Report, a satirical website that posts stories with headlines such as "Woman Possessed by Demon after Signing Up for ObamaCare" and "CDC Report Reveals Existence of ‘Zombies,’" published an article claiming that Dearborn has become the first U.S. city to "fully implement Sharia Law."

The story quickly made its way around the internet, garnering nearly 90,000 shares on Facebook, and it seems many people did not understand the joke.

According to the City of Dearborn, city hall employees have received multiple phone calls from people asking whether the story is true.

The city has responded to these questions by sending out the following press release:

A satirical website called the National Report intentionally made up an article for entertainment purposes on Sunday, Oct. 27 about the City of Dearborn enacting sharia law over the weekend. The article is false; Dearborn is not under sharia law and has never at any time even considered such an action.

“Dearborn has never been, nor ever will be, under sharia law. We are governed by the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Michigan and the City of Dearborn Charter,” said Mayor O’Reilly. 

“We are a city named after a Revolutionary War Hero.  We have lost loyal Dearborn American military service personnel in every war this country has fought to protect the individual rights we are guaranteed through the U.S. Constitution,” he said.

“We are a community that proudly honors those who served our country to protect those rights. We have annual observances on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Korean War Armistice Day and Veterans Day,” said Mayor O’Reilly.

The phony article appeared on the National Report, a website meant to be humorous, and has since been posted on other websites and circulated over the internet.

It also has been reposted multiple times on Facebook by people who are taking the fictional article at face value, and then expressing outrage about something that is simply not true.

“The National Report’s misguided attempt at humor furthers the goals of some people who have tried to suggest that the City of Dearborn is anti-American because our population includes residents who are Muslim,” said Mayor O’Reilly.

People from across the country, state and region have been contacting the City of Dearborn upset about the false news story. Many understand that it is not true, but are angry at the National Report for purposely making up the story.

Mayor O’Reilly said the phony story could impact people’s image of Dearborn, which is a city with strong community connections, excellent public services, and well-tended neighborhoods.

Dearborn has a diverse population, originally attracted to the city because of well-paying jobs at the Ford Rouge plant, the Ford World Headquarters and the Ford Research and Development Center.

The city also hosts other major employers, and remains a regional employment center, as well as a destination for shopping, cultural arts, recreation, night life, health care and higher education.

It is home to internationally-renown visitor attractions, led off by The Henry Ford: America’s Greatest History Attraction, which beckons more than a 1.7 million guests each year.

“This hoax has confused people, even some who are familiar with everything Dearborn has to offer, and who have enjoyed visiting our town in the past,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

“The National Report is not a news site, but is only pretending to be one. Its purpose is entertainment. In this case, its outrageous story, with no basis in fact, has ended up fooling people in part because it mirrors allegations made by others in the past with less than humorous intentions,” said Mayor O’Reilly.

“One unique aspect of our community is the strong working relationship that exists among our diverse faith leaders, who foster understanding and tolerance,” he said.

“It is in human nature to fear the unknown, which can lead to hate and attempts to deny the rights of others. But in Dearborn, that fear of the unknown is mitigated because leaders of many faiths regularly come together for dialogue and to celebrate the significant events of each others’ religions,” he said.

“We invite people to learn more about the real Dearborn,” Mayor O’Reilly said.  “We want people to know we represent the best of America, our traditions and values, including following the rule of law under the U.S. Constitution.”  

Jeff McDermott October 31, 2013 at 07:59 AM
I can't believe that people actually had to call city hall to confirm that this was not legitimate. Smh
Noreen K October 31, 2013 at 08:48 AM
They read it on the Internet, so it must be true! Bon jour! ;-)
Carla O'Neill October 31, 2013 at 08:55 AM
The scariest part is that people who don't understand the way our legal system is set up and actually believe it could be replaced by a vote by Dearborn city council not only might serve on juries one day, but also will vote. Winston Churchill got it right when he said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
NBC October 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM
This is the modern day version of "War of the Worlds". No cure for being gullible!
Marium Wilke October 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM
PLEASE!...I MEAN REALLY! Not in Catrillion...Muti Billion Trillion Yrs...NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN!
Ali Ali October 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Man people are gullible. I miss the days where people learned in the classrooms and not off social media, satirical sites, and news outlets.
Joseph Borrajo October 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Ignorance always fades away with the truth. P3
Aridog October 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM
This is old stuff, going back to Sharon Angle's failed run for Senate (Nevada) against Harry Reid. Mz Angle asserted that Dearborn Michigan and Frankfort Texas were officially under "Sharia Law." Republicans in Nevada proved one two things: 1. That they in fact could nominate a dingy loon for US Senate. & 2. Assured that Reid would win by doing so. That pulls them up equal to Democrats for Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. We even have a local regional lawyer who makes similar claims...not to mention idiot visitors like Acts 17 Apologetics and pseudo-Pastor Terry Jones who arrive with one purpose, to incite and hide behind the 1st Amendment...when in fact they are not trying to speak out against anything real here ... their "intent" is to create trouble, not ameliorate it.
B. Dub November 01, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Jeez people are dumb.
Lee Jacobsen November 02, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Michigan will fight Sharia law with laws of its own to prevent such a scenario from happening. Read more about it here. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/05/14/should-michigan-ban-sharia-law/ The proposal would ban any foreign laws from having any legal status in Michigan, so it covers other foreign laws besides Sharia. A poll on the site feels 75% of folk would support such a law. Why take chances?? Dearborn city council can't fight a state law. That is why we can't shoot off fireworks at the public schools where there is plenty of space, against State laws. Doesn't seem logical, unless you are the state and don't want the liability issues and would rather let the neighborhood shoot fireworks off unsafely in the front yards where there is no space at all. Sharia law has turned into fireworks for Dearborn.
MoJo November 02, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Yes, Lee, why take chances? I believe we should also pass a law that makes it illegal for Martians to land in Michigan and take over the state house. Michiganders, wake up! This COULD happen! You've read it on the internet, after all, so it MUST be true!!
Lee Jacobsen November 02, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Mojo, are you implying that our state legislators and other politicians may not be telling the truth all the time via the media? Our top politician, Pres Obama , sets the standard for telling the truth.right? Let's use Obamacare as an example. You get to keep your insurance plan, right? You keep the same docs, right? Costs will go down $2500 right? Mojo, our president said it, so it MUST be true!!
Joseph Borrajo November 04, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Obsessive Compulsive!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P3
Grunt March 22, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Nothing surprises me. The majority of the idiots in this country get their news from Facebook, MSNBC, and the Comedy Channel.
Jacquie Benghazi Lempka March 23, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Then why do they have so many muslims, mosques and jihad training camps?

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