Example: [Collected via e-mail, and blackberry messenger broadcast messages]
- Please pray for 22 missionary families that are to be executed by islamists in afganistan. forward this as fast as you can so that many will pray.
Origins: These appeals for prayers on behalf of 22 Christian missionary families about to be executed in Afghanistan circulated first in February 2009, then mid-November 2009, and now in August 2012, both as an e-mail and as a text message sent to cell phones.
IT’S A HOAX: 22 missionary families are not being held by the Taliban under threat of execution. The same message circulated in February 2009, and it was just as much a boondoggle back then. Had there been any truth to the tale, the news of the day surely would have been full of stories about the hostages.
That is not to say that mission work in Afghanistan is without peril. On 19 July 2007, 23 church workers from South Korea were taken hostage by the Taliban. Two of their number were executed (shot to death and abandoned by the roadside), with the remaining 21 eventually released after the South Korean government reportedly paid $20 million for their freedom.
The Koreans had been singularly incautious, traveling unescorted by bus through an area of Afghanistan frequently singled out by the Taliban and highway robbers.
So y’all stop spreading the rumours. I’m tired of seeing those annoying bcs. Its a hoax!
And I think its a shame that some of these websites I would refrain from naming are perpetuating this false story.