Did Christians fuel the COVID-19 pandemic in America?
According to a New York Times op-ed, “The Road to Coronavirus Hell was Paved by Evangelicals,” they did.
Because Trump surrounds himself with evangelicals and their “anti-science” attitudes.
The article follows the attack Vice President Mike Pence received for praying at the President’s Coronavirus task force meeting. (See the article, “Prayer? Oh No! 4 Things You Should Know About “Prayer Shaming.”) Click here.
According to the article, “Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a moment that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown… This denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the America response to the coronavirus crisis.”
Who were the Christians directly responsible for the pandemic? Singled out were:
- Christians in President Trump’s cabinet – Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
- Several pastors who held church services despite the ban on meetings
- Jerry Fallwell Jr. and Ken Blackwell of the family research council
And associated evangelical Christians with some fringe beliefs for example:
- Tony Spell, a pastor in Louisiana who said, “We’re also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.”
- Robert L. Dabney, a pro-slavery theologian of the 19th century
Part of the op-ed attack was based on President Trump saying he wanted to have people get back to work by “Easter.”
According to the op-ed author, this was religious speak. He could have said, by “mid-April” instead of purposely saying the word “Easter.”
Why the reference to Easter? The author’s presumption that it was to please the evangelicals with the vision of packed churches at Easter.
This is hate-mongering, not intelligent disagreement over politics or religion.
You can disagree with Christians. But to blame them for the Coronavirus and not blame the real source – China – is sad and wrong.
My wife Shelly sent out this tweet:
“Haters gonna hate: Matthew 10:22”
In this verse Jesus said, “You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Incidentally, you can follow Shelly on twitter at @shellynotw
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Watch this interview with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins regarding the New York Times op-ed attack on Christians (4 minutes).
Click here to watch interview.
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