It is a shame when intelligent adults are fooled by posts on social media and dark websites that are created to divide Americans and sow discord among the people. It is even more disturbing when these false claims are repeated in the newspaper in letters to the editor.

A recent Twitter post showed a fake photo of Greta Thunberg, the young climate change activist, standing next to George Soros. The nasty voices from the deep dark web started saying that Soros was controlling the young girl. Many fact-check organizations proved that the photo was altered to put the head of George Soros on Al Gore’s body.

It’s so sad that people fell for this lie, or they just chose to believe it even after the photo was shown to be fake. This particular brand of fact altering is laced with anti-Semitism. The idea that rich Jews are using their wealth to influence world events has been spread by sinister white supremacist groups on the internet.

Even Fox New Business Host Lou Dobbs repeated this anti-Semitic trope about George Soros on one of his shows. In addition, a guest on Lou Dobbs’ show referred to the U.S. State Department as “George Soros-occupied.”

People who repeat these anti-Semitic tropes, including Julia Manning in her last letter to the newspaper, are spreading hatred and causing more discord in our country. They are playing into the hands of evil forces on the internet and they don’t fully grasp the seriousness of this situation. They may be spreading this evil unwittingly; no one knows for sure.

These hateful ideas are passed along on dark websites that have motivated troubled souls who killed nine black worshipers at AME Church in Charleston, S.C., and 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. These websites have no doubt motivated many other people to commit other hate crimes.

Julia Manning often writes about God, the Bible and her church, but is she an anti-Semite? Does her church and pastor condone anti-Semitism? Why would she include remarks about George Soros that have been proven false, showing a reckless disregard for the facts?

Judith Mesko

Rocky Mount