(Liberty Bell) – A Friday op-ed in the fake news New York Times asserts that evangelical Christians are to blame for the coronavirus pandemic.
Because that makes sense.
All those evangelical Christians running Communist China and lying to the global community, right?
The piece was penned by journalist and author Katherine Stewart, who asserts that religious voters supported Trump, so his administration is not concerned about science.
These are the same people, of course, who know that one’s gender is determined by their DNA and that unborn children are not simply “blobs of tissue,” so being accused from people who think gender is determined by feelings and refuse to acknowledge decades of advancement in the field of ultrasound technology is painfully ironic, at best.
Stewart, unconcerned with science, or facts, or sound arguments, also asserts that Republicans, more than Democrats are likely to deny science. Which is hilarious, when you consider the aforementioned differences in acceptance of science.
In her op-ed, which couldn’t possible be more inflammatory with the title, “The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals,” Stewart writes:
Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown.
At least since the 19th century, when the proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney attacked the physical sciences as “theories of unbelief,” hostility to science has characterized the more extreme forms of religious nationalism in the United States.
She goes on to cite several quotes from pastors who resisted the idea of closing their churches.
Is anyone criticizing small business owners for wanting to keep their businesses open? It’s a pastor’s job to care for and minister to people, of course they resisted the idea of being shut down in the midst of a pandemic, no matter how advisable it may have been to do so.
This isn’t anti-science, it’s the concern of a shepherd for their flock.
Stewart doesn’t think that Trump’s alleged anti-science governance is, for his part, founded in faith, however.
“By all accounts, President Trump’s tendency to trust his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines and climate change does not come from any deep-seated religious conviction,” she declares.
Oh, so now we’re doubting the president’s faith? How much lower can this woman get?
“But he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base,” she declares.
You can read the full op-ed here.
Breitbart notes that Trump’s coronavirus response has been very much founded in science, contrary to Stewart’s erroneous claims:
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Trump has repeatedly deferred to scientists, doctors and experts in the administration — particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debbie Birx, who feature in his daily press briefings.
Notably, scientists have confirmed that President Trump’s travel bans on China and Europe slowed and limited the spread of the disease in the United States. In Fauci’s case, he specifically urged the travel ban be imposed on Europe.
All of the Democratic candidates for president opposed those bans.
Former Vice President Joe Biden called the China ban “hysterical” and xenophobic, and panned the Europe ban after Trump announced it.