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Another Christian summer camp that didn’t take COVID seriously has led to — wait for it — a massive outbreak of the virus.

Just last week, we learned that Crossing Camp in Rushville, Illinois, held a no-mask, no-social distancing, we-don’t-care-if-you’re-vaccinated event that led to at least 85 cases of COVID. Even scarier? The majority of those people were unvaccinated teenagers. They could face lifelong consequences because the Christians in charge of the camp decided recklessness didn’t matter.

Now the same thing is happening with the Clear Creek Community Church youth ministry camp in Galveston, Texas, where more than 125 campers have tested positive for COVID.

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The church celebrated the camp in a press release, trying to bury the lede by opening with “Our recent Student Ministry Camp was a wonderful experience with many of our students placing their faith in Jesus and growing in their faith.”

Then they got to the important bit:

… Unfortunately, upon return from camp, 125+ campers and adults reported to us that they tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, hundreds more were exposed to COVID-19 at camp. And hundreds of others were likely exposed when infected people returned home from camp. We seek to remain in contact with those impacted. If you, or someone in your family, begins to have symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.

According to the flyer released by the church before the camp occurred, there’s nothing that says participants (including adults) need to be vaccinated.

Which leads to some simple questions: What did these fools think would happen? Why would the adults at this church be so stupid as to run a summer camp without at least requiring all adults, if not children 12 and older, to be vaccinated as a prerequisite to attending? Why did they think COVID wouldn’t affect them?

I’m finding it harder and harder to feel any sympathy for people who have the ability to protect themselves and their communities yet choose not to get their shots for whatever irrational reason. If only their arrogance and anti-science beliefs didn’t endanger so many people who might not be medically able to get the vaccine.

(via Joe. My. God.)

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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