IN SHORT: A video going viral on social media in Kenya is captioned as showing a church struck down by lightning as a gay wedding ceremony was being performed. But this is pure fabrication.
Social media users claim it shows the moment a church in Boston, a city in the US, was struck by lightning during a marriage ceremony of a homesexual couple.
“Church burnt down by lightning, in Boston, In the USA, during a marriage ceremony of a homosexual couple. No survival from the participants. God is still in control over Satan's counterfeits and attacks on God's instructions,” a user captioned the video.
Homosexuality remains criminalised in Kenya.
But does the video show a church struck down by lightning while a marriage ceremony was performed? We checked.
The video was posted on 3 June 2023 and shows a centuries-old church razed by fire in the town of Spencer, some 90 kilometres west of Boston. The fire was also reported on the Boston 25 News website.
The news article said that lightning was suspected to be the cause of the fire. Noone was inside the church when the fire started.
There were no reports of any wedding ceremony, of either a hetero- or homosexual couple, at the church at the time. The information is false.
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