A viral meme falsely claims that no American megachurches have offered support to Ukrainians. But that’s not true. Let’s take a look at the facts.
People and partisan groups often find ways to use major news events like the war in Ukraine to score political points. Megachurches and celebrity pastors — including Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, which is pictured in this meme— have previously been targets of misinformation, particularly in the wake of disasters. This post is also a good example of how a “sheer assertion” — or a claim made without evidence — can be shared widely when it connects with people’s existing beliefs and biases.
- “Megachurches in U.S. Are Supporting Ukraine Relief, Contrary to Social Media Posts” (Brea Jones, FactCheck.org).
- “Fact Check: Many US Megachurches DO Offer Relief And Support To The Ukrainian People” (Ed Payne, Lead Stories).
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