While everyone is busy stepping up their hygiene game and stocking up for home supplies, some conservative religious figures have decided to point the figure at the LGBTQ community with regards to the coronavirus.
COVID-19 is the godly punishment for LGBTQ existence, according to an Orthodox rabbi in Israel and an American pastor.
According to the Times of Israel last week, Rabbi Meir Mazuz claimed over the weekend that COVID-19 was payback for nations that allow LGBTQ Pride parades.
“A parade against nature, and when someone goes against nature, the one who created nature takes revenge on him.” Said Mazuz
Mazuz used Arab as proof to claims saying that countries are all afflicted with this virus for supporting the LGBTQ equality, “except for the Arab countries that don’t have this evil inclination.”
However this statement is not true as WHO reported a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Middle East, with Iran being one of the worst outbreaks. Mazuz rebutted it as “their hatred of Israel.”
Anti-Defamation League (Israeli branch) criticized Mazuz, calling it “regrettable that in times like these when the whole world comes together to eradicate coronavirus, Rabbi Mazuz finds it appropriate to blame the virus’s outbreak on the LGBTQ community.” The league went on and said “We harshly condemn his statements and urge him to apologize,”.
Similar case, a Christian pastor, Pastor Steven Andrew, who declared March to be LGBT Sin Month has suggested that coronavirus is God trying to “[destroy] LGBT societies.” Said:
“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. God protects the USA from danger as the country repents of LGBT, false gods, abortion and other sins.”
Andrew suggests Americans to “ask God’s ‘forgiveness’ and ‘confess homosexuality is sinful.'” This is not the first time since he unleashed his anti-LGBTQ sentiment out in public, as evidence in his website publishing articles such as “25 truths you must know God says about LGBT.”
Cases of associating LGBTQ people with coronavirus have been around since January of this year, when a right-wing pastor and broadcaster, Rick Wiles, claimed that coronavirus was sent by God to “purge” LGBTQ people.