At last a few news reports are coming out asking people not to believe the Christmas stamps hoax e-mail that is going around.
- | Diocese of Lichfield | Press Releases | Christians urged to “Stamp out” Royal Mail Christmas hoax |
- Christians urged not to be duped by Royal Mail Christmas hoax | Ekklesia
- Royal Mail ‘is not phasing out religious Christmas stamps’
- Christians urged to ‘stamp out’ Royal Mail Christmas hoax
- Premier: Post Office denies dumbing down Christianity
- Hoax e-mail warning over religious Christmas stamps :: Inspire Magazine
I’ve asked the Royal Mail to put something on their news releases page which would make life easier for us hoaxbusters.
Meanwhile the hoax continues to exist on various websites:
The Facebook group I mentioned has been edited to add the Post Office rebuttal, but another (very small it must be said) group still has the made-up information. This latter group claims that the Venerable Trevor Jones, Archdeacon of Hertford is the source of the e-mail, but I suspect he just pressed his Archdeaconly forward button.
I have written to Chris Sugden of the Anglican Main Stream to tell him that his post printing the hoax information is incorrect and should be abolished, [Update: post now removed]
but he has not taken it down and issued a correction as of yet. Unfortunately this means that other people are still coming across the hoax – take this forum thread as an example (contains views some may find offensive). The untruths also go uncorrected on the Anglican Main Stream forum.
Let us be strong and not give up in the anti-hoaxing battle. Together we can convince Anglican Mainstream and various Archdeacons of the errors of their ways.
[Exits left as music plays: Who you gonna call? Hoaxbusters…]