While scientists, public health agencies and governments around the world are working overtime to understand the Corona virus and prepare for its impact on society, fundamentalist religious leaders are offering their own interpretations – and remedies. Take a look.
Over the past few weeks, many articles have appeared in the media in which Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists have made a wide range of claims about corona virus. A video being circulated quotes rabbinic leaders saying, without equivocation, that no God-fearing, Torah observant Jews would be infected. Yet another published “news” item claimed that since “corona” means “crown”, the pandemic is a clear sign of the imminent arrival of the Messiah.
Here are a few examples from fundamentalist religious leaders with significant followings, who think they see the “hand of God” working through the Corona virus.
“The Corona virus is God’s Wrath, and Trump will save us from it”, Hank Kunneman, Pastor, Lord of Hosts Church.
“Applying violet oil to the anus is a cure for the Corona virus”, Iranian Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian.
“The spread of coronavirus in Israel and around the world is divine retribution for gay pride parades”, Orthodox Israeli Rabbi Meir Mazuz.
“Coronavirus is Divine Punishment Against China” – Iraqi Islamic scholar Hadi Al-Modarresi (who has subsequently been infected by the virus)
“Drinking cow urine can ward off Corona virus”, – some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party. They have apparently organized “urine drinking parties”.
There are dozens more on the internet.
It strikes me that many of the same religious fundamentalists who see “God’s hand” in the Corona virus, also see “God’s hand” when it comes to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Heaven help us all.
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