Most residents of Iceland are members of the Lutheran State Church and might not react favorably to news that the country has declared religious mental disorders.
But that’s what a recent post on Facebook says.
“Iceland Declares All Religions Mental Disorders,” reads a screenshot of what looks like a headline from January 21, 2020.
This Publish was reported as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with facebook.) As we were reporting this check, the post settings appeared to have been changed, making the post private. We have found others I like this.
We’ve found the website where the story originated, and although it’s no longer on the site, an archived version of the story shows it’s been labeled a satire.
Under the heading “Laughing in Disbelief: Freedom, Equality, Absurdity”, author Andrew Hall described the stories on his blog as satirical.
“Under normal circumstances, my humble blog is similar to The Onion,” Hall wrote. “As many of you know, The Onion publishes satirical stories that poke fun at the everyday problems that ordinary people face and highlight the hypocrisy of the rich and powerful. Think of Laughing in Disbelief like The Onion on drugs . Like crystal meth. Or bath salts.”
We believe that claims that Iceland has actually declared religions as mental disorders are false.