The claim: CBS News stalwart Andy Rooney wrote a column on prayer and traditional Christian views  

Few media figures today carry the authority and gravitas as did 20th-century icons like Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Andy Rooney. Because their names still carry such weight, misattribution is common.

“Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights,” a column attributed to Rooney, a mainstay at CBS News for decades, reads on Facebook. “That is your right, and we will honor your right. But by golly you are no longer going to take our rights away! We are fighting back and we WILL WIN!” the post continues.

The post, shared for than 14,000 times, incorrectly claims Rooney penned the article on Christian persecution in the United States.

There is no evidence that Rooney wrote the article. Most