Pastor: Coronavirus is God's Punishment

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Perry Stone is a right-wing pastor who is best known for checking his phone while speaking in tongues (speaking words that are in "divine language" unknown to the speaker). During a prayer service, which took place no matter the fact that there were many people in one place, he found what to blame for coronavirus outbreak. His idea is that this outbreak is a "reckoning" on America because of legalized abortion and marriage equality.

According to Pink News, he said: “So why is there a reckoning? I’m gonna explain it in these simple terms. There’s a reckoning because the courts of the land passed a law to take an infant’s life… and for marriage, that we have known it, to be changed into something we’ve never known. And both of their laws, biblically, in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, are what God calls an abomination… the Bible teaches us that God wants everyone to come to repentance, but there will be a time when the Lord says ‘Enough is enough.”

A global pandemic hit us hard with escalating new cases of coronavirus and resulting deaths every day.  Some religious leaders are abusing the human rights and equality of their fellow Americans during this fight against the coronavirus. They tend to blame others for tragic events when they disagree with others’ rights or actions. For example, some Christians blamed 9/11 terrorist attacks on legalized abortion and gay marriage. But during hard times their words could have serious consequences.

Stone goes even further by claiming Americans who support Trump are somehow protected from the coronavirus. West Virginia had no confirmed coronavirus cases at the time of his service.                                                

Patheos reports Stone’s comments:  “… Isn’t it strange, also… We know that coronavirus will go to West Virginia sooner or later — maybe it won’t; it’d be really weird if it never did — but people are praying, and they love God up there, but isn’t it strange that the state that voted Trump in by 68% — the biggest state that voted him in — has no virus?"                                                                                                                       

Statements like this are not only false, but can only affect negatively on people who claim them, giving them a false sense of security and maybe even cause some to behave irresponsibly.

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