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Misleading Headline in Spanish

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Learning Spanish has been a long, slow road for me, but I do make occasional progress. Today, I noticed a rather shocking headline from a Puerto Rican new Web site:
 

Prohibido orar en horas laborables

 

That means “Praying prohibited during work hours.”

But then the subheading read:
 

Superitendente dijo que no se puede usar el horario y las áreas de trabajo para imponer doctrinas religiosas.

 

And the main illustration was captioned:
 

La superintendente de la Policía, Michelle Hernández, indicó que no tiene problemas en que, por ejemplo, un oficial ore o lea un fragmento de la Biblia cuando esté en su oficina.

 

These translate respectively as:

“Superintendent said that one cannot use work hours and work areas to impose religious doctrines.”

and

“The superintendent of police, Michelle Hernández, indicated that she has no problems with, for example, an official praying or reading a Bible passage while in their office.”

Quite a different tone, isn’t it? Almost as if they wish to rile up Puerto Rico’s Catholic majority, counting on that nasty tendency of human nature not to read the actual article. But I’ve learned to spot a misleading headline in at least one foreign language.

Entire article (in Spanish): Primera Hora.


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P.S. There is a weighty subcontext here. The police in some Puerto Rican towns actively proselytize on the job, going so far as to set up roadblocks so that they can preach to the motorists. This is not only a violation of the USA's constitution, but of Puerto Rico's constitution as well, which is even more explicit about church/state separation.


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Clickbait.

Join our religion of love and peace or burn in hell!


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Two misleading headlines I remember from the days before the Internet.

 

The first one was about a local radio DJ (can't remember his name) who was unexpectedly taken off air. There was much speculation regarding his removal and eventually he was interviewed by a newspaper. The headline read: "Why I Was Sacked". The first sentence read: "I wasn't sacked, I resigned."

 

The other one involved a radio personality named Dita Cobb. The headline read: "Dita Cobb - Incurable Disease". I was a fan of Dita Cobb and immediately bought a paper; fearing the worst. I though she had been diagnosed with cancer. Turned out she was a diabetic and had been her whole life!


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One Puerto Rican senator has fallen for the hype, or is counting on his constituents falling for it. He is requesting an investigation into “religious discrimination.”

When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

El Nuevo Día (in Spanish).


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