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Back in March, right-wing radio host and former candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia E.W. Jackson told his church that they had nothing to fear when it came to COVID-19. He told them that Christians “don’t have to” get the virus… as if it’s a choice.

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I don’t have the coronavirus! I’m not gonna get the coronavirus! I’m not gonna give anybody the coronavirus! Cause I can’t get it, because I talked to God about it, and I’ve taken my vaccine — my vaccine is Psalm 91 — and I am FREE from that mess!


And I declare you can be free from it too.

I read an article, and it was criticizing me, and part of it, they said, like, “He acts like Christians can’t get the coronavirus!” Now, I never said that. I never said that! Because of course they can! But here’s what I’m saying: You don’t have to. If you guys believe in God, you don’t have to. Hallelujah! And if you don’t have to, then don’t.

Funny thing about that…

Over the weekend, Jackson told his congregation that he caught COVID.

It’s good to see all of you here today. It’s good to be with you today. It’s good to see all of you on Facebook Live. I want to say that I’ve been out for the last several weeks, probably… because I was speaking somewhere else. And last week, I was out because I was tested positive for COVID-19. So… but I’m back, I’m healthy, I’m sound, I’m whole, praise God. I’m feeling good…

And my wife, of course, she got it from me… but she’s doing fine too. And she’s gonna be back to work tomorrow.

I’m glad he’s doing okay because I’m not a moral monster. But let’s remember Jackson is someone who downplayed the virus in its initial stages and vowed to hold in-person church services despite the governor’s stay-at-home order.

The negligence exhibited by Jackson and people like him is why you can’t see your family over the holidays and why this pandemic’s body count keeps rising.

(via Right Wing Watch)

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.