Recent Internet Hoax:
"Against All of His Personal Beliefs, Scalia Was Cremated"
Against All of His Personal Beliefs, Scalia Was Cremated
One of the most amazing facts surrounding this “mystery death” is that Scalia’s body was cremated before an autopsy could be performed. Cremated? Wasn’t Scalia a Catholic? The last time I heard, Catholics do not sanction cremations. Oh yes, you can be cremated if you are Catholic, but it is extremely frowned upon. The regulations against cremation is one of the strongest within the Catholic Church, even if the prohibitions are left over biases from the past..However, criminals with something to hide frequently burn the body after the commission of a crime. This fact, alone, should have triggered a major murder investigation. Where is Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, when she is needed the most? Did Obama send flowers to the widow yet? Charred bodies yield no autopsy clues. (End quote)
Antonin Scalia’s body was not cremated. His remains will lie in repose at the Supreme Court prior to his funeral at the National Cathedral, and then burial.
This Internet hoax about Scalia being cremated was passed to me in e-mail by a person who simply accepted the hoax as truth because the hoax confirmed the person’s bias. In psychology this is termed "confirmation bias."
It is sorrowful to observe how people will believe anything on the Internet that is in line with their expectations and preconceptions. Verification and corroboration appear not to be a requirement for belief. We have an obligation to God’s Truth to exhibit as least as much skepticism toward Internet rumors as we do toward the Establishment media, otherwise we are sowing confusion, which is the ante-chamber to deceit, which is a sin.
Anyone who thinks the Cryptocracy has not infiltrated Right wing Internet sources is naive. Require verification and corroboration before you disseminate news; or failing that, designate the supposed news, an allegation, a hypothesis, or to really call a spade a spade, term it what it is — a rumor.
But don’t just pass the link on with the questionable assertion in your subject line as if it were a fact, otherwise it becomes a kind of endorsement on your part. After you have endorsed enough myths, your credibility is so damaged that when you do have truth to report no one will believe you — that’s how the Cryptocracy benefits from the Internet.