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Trump and His Religious-Right Allies Continue To Send Mixed Messages on Coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020

By Peter Montgomery

Religious-right leaders and media outlets have been sending mixed messages about the coronavirus pandemic. For some, it is a sign of God’s judgment or evidence that we are living in the End Times. And for others, it is something that has been blown out of proportion by media and politicians who will do anything to bring down President Donald Trump.

As Right Wing Watch has reported, some religious-right leaders have said that Christians should not give in to fear of the virus because God has given them supernatural healing power and protection from plagues. Some believe that God will spare Christians from the virus and that will become evidence of God’s power and a potent tool for evangelization. Evangelist Jonathan Shuttlesworth has mocked “loser” pastors who cancel services and said Christians should be holding mass gatherings to demonstrate the power of their faith. Organizers of two “prophetic” conferences scheduled for early April announced this week that the events will not be canceled.

Trump himself has been sending mixed messages and promoting misinformation. Even as cultural and sporting events, academic conferences, and large public gatherings were postponed or cancelled as public health officials urged Americans to practice “social distancing” in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Trump continued to conduct business as usual, and his campaign continued to hold and schedule large public rallies. That appeared to change Thursday morning; CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported that Trump had scrubbed political trips to Nevada and Colorado that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, while a decision about a March 25 campaign rally is still pending.

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5 comments on “Trump and His Religious-Right Allies Continue To Send Mixed Messages on Coronavirus

  • From the OP:

    …Christians should not give in to fear of the virus because God has given them supernatural healing power and protection from plagues.

    …God will spare Christians from the virus and that will become evidence of God’s power and a potent tool for evangelization.

    ..Christians should be holding mass gatherings to demonstrate the power of their faith!

    In my opinion, this is at least criminal irresponsibility, and perhaps even genocidal stupidity. I hope these pastors are taken before the courts and punished.


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  • HardNosedSkeptic says:

    In my opinion, this is at least criminal irresponsibility, and perhaps even genocidal stupidity. I hope these pastors are taken before the courts and punished.

    In South Korea a pastor and elder have been arrested for precisely that!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-51695649

    On Sunday the Seoul City government filed a legal complaint to prosecutors against 12 leaders of the sect. They are accused of homicide, causing harm and violating the Infectious Disease and Control Act.

  • On the other hand, the belief of the religious right that God will protect them, and the recommendations of their pastors to hold mass demonstrations and to eschew hand washing and other precautions, could result in a large number of most unpleasant people leaving this planet for a better place.


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