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There is no record of Sen. Kamala Harris ever calling churches "PROPAGANDA CENTERS for intolerant homophobic, xenophobic vitriol," as viral posts on Facebook falsely claim.
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Popular posts on Facebook are attributing harsh comments about "American churches" to Sen. Kamala Harris — but there's no record of Harris uttering the words.

The posts quote the Democratic vice presidential candidate as calling churches "propaganda centers."

"Biden's running mate Kamala Harris said this morning that, 'American churches are PROPAGANDA CENTERS for intolerant homophobic, xenophobic vitriol' and she called american pastors, 'knuckle-dragging disseminators of intolerance and enemies of social justice,'" the posts claim.

The posts double down, calling it a "verbatim quote," but offer no citation. We searched news accounts and transcripts and found no trace of anything resembling such a quote from Harris.

Her Senate office also told us that "this claim is false."

Harris herself identifies as Baptist and attends Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, according to the Associated Press. As the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Harris attended a Baptist church and a Hindu temple while growing up. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, is Jewish.

At the Democratic National Convention, during her acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination, Harris fondly recalled her mother "helping us with homework at the kitchen table — and shuttling us to church for choir practice."

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