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Religious Conservatives Blame Coronavirus On You-Know-Who

Monday March 16, 2020
Religious Conservatives Blame Coronavirus On You-Know-Who

It was inevitable that religious conservatives would turn to their favorite target with the coronavirus. After all, aren't LGBTQ people responsible for all the ills in the world?

"An Orthodox Israeli rabbi has claimed the spread of the deadly coronavirus in Israel and around the world is divine retribution for gay pride parades," reports the Times of Israel.

The comment was made by influential conservative Sephardic rabbi Meir Mazuz, "the former spiritual leader of the defunct ultra-nationalist and homophobic Yachad party, and is head of the Kiseh Rahamim yeshiva in Bnei Brak," reports the Times of Israel.

"This pride parade is a parade against nature, and anyone who does something against nature, the one who created nature takes revenge on him," he said, as reported in the Jerusalem Post. "When you do things against nature, you place your hand in fire and pray that the fire doesn't burn you? It burns you! Here they are doing [something] against nature in impertinence: the pride parade. What are you proud of?"

He also claimed that "all countries that have parades have been affected by the virus, but that Arab countries which don't have pride parades do not have the virus," reports the Jerusalem Post. "Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and a number of other countries throughout the Middle East have been affected by the virus."

His remarks drew condemnation from rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, which urged him to apologize.

"It is very regrettable and unfortunate that in the moments that the entire world is united in order to eradicate the coronavirus, Rabbi Mazuz finds it correct to blame the LGBT+ community, and to treat [its] members as if they were responsible for the outbreak of the disease," said the Anti-Defamation League's Israel branch on Facebook in response to Mazuz's statements. "We strongly condemn these words and call on the rabbi to apologize."

Steven Andrew  (Source: YouTube)

But here in the States, conservative Christians weren't too far behind.

In a press release from USA Christian Church, Steven Andrew links the coronavirus with LGBTQ behavior.

"God's love shows it is urgent to repent, because the Bible teaches homosexuals lose their souls and God destroys LGBT societies," writes Andrew. "Obeying God protects the USA from diseases, such as the Coronavirus."

Because of this, he has declared March as "Repent of LGBT Sin Month." 

"Our safety is at stake, since national disobedience of God's laws brings danger and diseases, such as coronavirus, but obeying God brings covenant protection (Exodus 15:26)," Andrew said. "God protects the USA from danger as the country repents of LGBT, false gods, abortion and other sins."

The New York Daily News writes as "pastor of USA Christian Church, Andrew is 'focused on pastoring the nation to reaffirm covenant that the USA serves the Lord, with pastors nationwide,' according to a description on his website."

Also Right Wing Watch reports that right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson told his radio audience that "that the 'homovirus' is devastating the American family and society."

"The last thing in the world the black community needs is more destruction of the family, more attacks on the family, and that's all this whole homosexual movement amounts to," Jackson said. "It is a virulent, violent attack. You know what? I'm going to get in trouble for this one, but this is right off the presses: It is the homovirus for the family."

"Of course, I am speaking from a spiritual and a psychological perspective," he continued. "I hope that no one misunderstands my little putting together of two things, because you know we're talking about this coronavirus. I'm not talking about physical illness. I'm not talking about pronouncing any physical curses on people. I feel the need to explain myself here. I'm talking about the spiritual and psychological element that is introduced into a community that is already having major problems with family formation, and family maintenance, and rearing of children, and now you want to throw this garbage into the mix as well."

Jackson was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013 and unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018.

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