A New York Times op-ed published Friday is casting blame on the evangelical movement for the Wuhan coronavirus plaguing the nation.
The piece, titled, “The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved By Evangelicals,” written by Katherine Stewart is filled with undue condescension and mockery of Christians that is becoming the norm among our mainstream media elites.
Mike Pence and his coronavirus emergency team praying for a solution. We are so screwed. pic.twitter.com/p020FBIK9J
— Thomas Chatterton Williams (@thomaschattwill) March 1, 2020
The crux of Stewart’s piece is that the Republican Party has become embedded with a spiritual movement whose beliefs fly contradictory to science, blaming the idiocy and extreme actions of a few who defied public health orders against large gatherings to stigmatize half the country.
Stewart’s piece however, only further exposes a deep disdain for the Christian faith through the employment of hypocritical arguments in an attempt to smear the religious right.
“Religious nationalism has brought to American politics the conviction that our political differences are a battle between absolute evil and absolute good,” Stewart wrote. “When you’re engaged in a struggle between the ‘party of life’ and ‘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 or analysis.”
That must explain why in a bid to disarm the law-abiding citizenry, Democrats and the corporate media propped up a 16-year-old shooting survivor with no policy expertise to rally against the Second Amendment. Or it could explain why in a bid to ban air travel and meat consumption, Democrats and the corporate media propped up a 16-year-old Swedish teenager on the autism spectrum. But yes, “religious nationalists” need not worry about expert opinion.
Stewart’s remarkable condemnation of Christians is littered with the type of ignorant mockery so common in the modern media landscape today, where increasingly secular elites point at prayer as supposed evidence of religious lunacy.
Stewart pointed to a Louisiana pastor who gave out handkerchiefs to a large congregation in defiance of the governor’s orders against large gatherings as an example of evangelicalism spreading the virus. Never mind that it was a single event not to be representative of an entire movement, it is the kind of criticism that has even drawn scorn from prominent members of the religious left.
The author meanwhile, completely omits any reference to China’s role in the outbreak. While Stewart gleefully blames Christians for the Chinese coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party is skirting blame for turning the world into the hell that Stewart describes. As the outbreak grew in China, the Chinese government suppressed whistleblowers and turned a blind eye to the global threat as the virus posed.
China has successfully capitalized on America’s woke media culture to change the name of the Wuhan virus, omitting any reference to its origin despite being a common practice of disease-naming. Now American media outlets are simply reporting the virus as “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” and accuse those who connect the disease to China as racist despite having done it so extensively themselves in the early days of the outbreak.
Liberal media pundits want you to think referring to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus is racist.
Here's just a few of the times the liberal media did just that. pic.twitter.com/ss3kV5smSP
— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 12, 2020