Did a Christian Boy Die For 3 Minutes and Meet Allah in Heaven?

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Christian Boy Dies, Meets Allah

Christian Boy Dies For 3 Minutes, Meets Allah in Heaven
Netlore Archive: Viral "news article" claims a young boy says he met Allah in heaven after dying briefly on the operating table and being revived. Via Facebook.com

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: May 2014
Status: False (details below)

Example:
Via DailyCurrant.com, May 5, 2014:

Christian Boy Dies For 3 Minutes, Meets Allah in Heaven

May 05, 2014

A young Christian boy who briefly died on a surgeon’s operating table this weekend says he met someone named Allah in heaven.

Bobby Anderson, the son of a well-known Christian pastor in Atlanta, suffered internal injuries from an automobile accident and was technically dead for 3 minutes before being resuscitated. During that time the 12-year-old claims he visited the afterlife and spoke to several leading figures of the Islamic religion.

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Analysis: No such incident took place. This is a satirical article that originally appeared on the humor website DailyCurrant.com on May 5, 2014. It's a spoof, a joke, fake news.

The site's "About" page includes this disclaimer:

Q. Are your news stories real?

A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.

This particular fictional story appears to be very loosely based on 2011 news reports about Colton Burpo, a 4-year-old in Nebraska who told his parents after recovering from a near-death experience that he had seen Jesus and "streets of gold" in heaven, not to mention long-dead relatives he had never met.

As you'll see in some of the examples below, the Daily Currant has a penchant for lampooning people's religious beliefs — and raising the hackles of those targeted for their sarcasm.

Don't Be Fooled! A Guide to Fake News Websites

Previous "scoops" from The Daily Currant:
Sarah Palin Wonders if Flight 370 "Flew Directly to Heaven"
Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado

Sources and further reading:

Christian Boy Dies For 3 Minutes, Meets Allah in Heaven
Daily Currant (satire website), 5 May 2014

The Boy Who Claims He Went to Heaven... And Met Dead Sister
Daily Mail, 2 March 2011

Last updated 05/07/14