Monday, March 30, 2020

NY Times: Evangelicals "Responsible" For Coronavirus Pandemic

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In a featured op-ed, the New York Times published this: "The Religious Right's Hostility To Science is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response."

And this: "Trump's response to the pandemic has been haunted by the science denialism of his ultraconservative religious allies."

And the writer says; "In the current crises, we are all reaping what that movement has sown."

Be informed.

About the evangelical coronavirus enablers.

Katherine Stewart, the well known far-Left author of the best selling book, "The Power Worshippers Inside The Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism," has also said,
"The road to Coronavirus hell was paved by evangelicals."

She says, "Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise."

Her indictment of evangelicals, of course, includes a picture of Christian leaders praying for the President. Several of the leaders are very recognizable including mega-church Pastor Jack Graham.

Also, in other pictures, we have seen Black evangelical leaders laying on hands and praying for the President.

She says of these people and the tens of millions of evangelicals who elected President Trump, that we're no better than "the 19th century proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney" who "attacked the physical sciences as 'theories of unbelief'."

She writes that Dabney characterizes "the hardcore of climate deniers, and some leaders of the Christian nationalist movement---like those allied with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has denounced environmental science as a 'Cult of the Green Dragon'."

She continues, diminishing their intellect and casting biblical Christians and true conservatives as mental and spiritual outcasts.

She also tags several Christian leaders such as Jerry Falwell Jr, president of Liberty University---the largest Christian university in the nation. She quotes him from an appearance of "Fox And Friends" saying he thought there may be too much hype around the coronavirus and saying,
"You know, impeachment didn't work, and the Mueller Report didn't work, and Article 25 didn't work, and so maybe now this is the next, ah, their next attempt to get Trump."

She clearly misses the truth in what she's saying. Anyone who is watching the news can see that the case she is making against the evangelical, biblical community is a case against the Left.

They deny facts in favor of intellectually aligning with their humanistic, relativistic secularistic worldview. And they do so in the name of science---and if you disagree with their view, you are the enemy---the nonintellectual, science denier.

She continues to provide several quotes from pastors who pushed back against certain practices and beliefs, such as vaccines, yet casting those beliefs as the norm for evangelicals, which generally, is not the norm.

She says,
"Religious nationalism has brought to American politics the conviction that our political differences are a battle between absolute evil and absolute good. When you're engaged in a struggle between the 'party of life' and the 'party of death' as some religious nationalists now frame our political divisions, you don't need to worry about crafting careful policy based on expert opinion and analysis. Only a heroic leader, free from the scruples of political correctness, can save the righteous from the damned. Fealty to the cause is everything ; fidelity to the facts means nothing. Perhaps this is why many Christian national leaders greeted the news of the coronavirus as an insult to their chosen leader."

The lie.

I don't know Jerry Falwell Jr.---I knew his father fairly well--but a fifth grader would know that what he was saying was that the Left---the Democrats---have attempted to turn every event or occasion in the course of human events into a tool to be used to bring down the President. Some have been actual events, i.e., coronavirus, others were fabricated, i.e., Russian collusion and others.

By their own admission,
"You can't let a crises go to waste to do things you couldn't do other wise." Most recently Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) made the statement regarding the coronavirous pandemic. Sail Alinsky popularized the tactic , Barack Obama taught the principles, Hillary Clinton and most leaders of the Left practice them.

Stewart knows that. She's simply in denial.

About science, Trump and the people who voted for him.

Stewart admits: "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."

"But," she adds, "he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base."

The "Christian nationalists" identity she's using is Stewart's attempt to make some connection to Hitler and the masses he deceived as he moved from a form of patriotism to dictatorship.

Stewart is either terribly uninformed as to where evangelicals are really coming from, or has chosen to lie about it. I believe it's the latter.

Political Correctness, a Marxist tactic to control a society, has successfully placed a number of people in our country in an induced social coma.

There is an awakening and it's both political and spiritual.

Politically, people are awakening to the tactics of the Left. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken.

And about science. Trump and the Christians.

Joel Pollack, with Breitbart News, wrote this:

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.

If you watched Trump's press conference yesterday, you saw him extend his goal of being able to relax some of the coronavirus restrictions from Easter to the end of April.

His decision was made after consultation with the doctors and scientists. He said we've got to follow the science.

About Christianity and science.

James Hannon is a Ph.D., in history and science. A graduate of Cambridge. This is part of what he has written about Christianity and science. I encourage you to read his entire article.

He notes that historically Christianity has always supported science. True science.

Then he says this:

But religious support for science took deeper forms as well. It was only during the nineteenth century that science began to have any practical applications. Technology had ploughed its own furrow up until the 1830s when the German chemical industry started to employ their first PhDs. Before then, the only reason to study science was curiosity or religious piety. Christians believed that God created the universe and ordained the laws of nature. To study the natural world was to admire the work of God. This could be a religious duty and inspire science when there were few other reasons to bother with it. It was faith that led Copernicus to reject the ugly Ptolemaic universe; that drove Johannes Kepler to discover the constitution of the solar system; and that convinced James Clerk Maxwell he could reduce electromagnetism to a set of equations so elegant they take the breathe away.
Given that the Church has not been an enemy to science, it is less surprising to find that the era which was most dominated by Christian faith, the Middle Ages, was a time of innovation and progress. Inventions like the mechanical clock, glasses, printing and accountancy all burst onto the scene in the late medieval period. In the field of physics, scholars have now found medieval theories about accelerated motion, the rotation of the earth and inertia embedded in the works of Copernicus and Galileo. Even the so-called “dark ages” from 500AD to 1000AD were actually a time of advance after the trough that followed the fall of Rome. Agricultural productivity soared with the use of heavy ploughs, horse collars, crop rotation and watermills, leading to a rapid increase in population.

Science is always discovering the mysteries of the Creator. His Church is never fearful of true scientific discovery. The concern is always with the science that's created to support the latest "truth" the so-called progressive Left is peddling.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be. Vigilant. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.