Conspiracy nuts and flat-out wacky people have always existed. It’s just that the Internet has given them a platform from which to perpetuate their lunacy to a wider audience.
Technology has also done wonders for the radical right-wing religious crazies. Because while someone like Alex Jones appeals to the ultra-paranoid tinfoil hat wearing crowd, his reach is nothing compared to someone who has learned how to use religion to peddle their ignorance.
After all, religion is easily the most effective tool to manipulate people. Look at all the horrible things and ignorance humans will support all in the name of “their religion.”
Take for instance End Times Christian radio host Rick Wiles, who implied that Ebola might actually be a good thing because it could cleanse the world of certain “ungodly” things like atheism and homosexuality.
“Now this Ebola epidemic can become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague. It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming,” he said. “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”
“If Ebola becomes a global plague, you better make sure the blood of Jesus is upon you,” he continued. “You better make sure you have been marked by the angels so that you are protected by God. If not, you may be a candidate to meet the Grim Reaper.”
I guess he believes Christians are immune to the virus?
Oh, and he also came up with some bizarre FEMA camp conspiracy theory concerning how President Obama plans to use the virus to force vaccinations on all of us.
Normally I’d attempt to break down the “logic” of asinine statements such as these, but there’s absolutely no logic behind them. It’s blatant stupidity, pure and simple.
If he really believes that avoiding Ebola is all about your belief in God, then I’d gladly buy him a plane ticket to fly to western Africa to test out his theory. Let him spend a few weeks exposed to the virus, without any other protection other than his faith and his Bible, then let’s see how that works out for him.
Though something tells me he wouldn’t take me up on my offer.
Listen to his comments below via Right Wing Watch: