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This news report is fake. The church said it did not receive or apply for a liquor license.
Have you ever wanted to sip on a few cocktails during Sunday church?
Well, an image of a newspaper headline being shared online would have you believe you could do just that in upstate New York.
"True Bethel Baptist Church becomes the first church in NYS to receive a Liquor License: Rev. Darius Pridgen thanks Mayor Brown," reads what appears to be the lead headline on the front page of the Buffalo News newspaper.
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We could find no credible reports, from Buffalo News or any other news organization, that the church was granted a liquor license. A query on the New York State Liquor Authority website also showed no results.
True Bethel Baptist Church told PolitiFact that it does not have a liquor license and that the image reflects a fake report.
We rate this Pants on Fire!
Instagram post, Oct. 27, 2021
New York State Liquor Authority, Public Query, Accessed Oct. 28, 2021
Phone Interview, True Bethel Baptist Church front office, Oct. 28, 2021
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