Reading Time: 2 minutes Kenneth Copeland Kenneth Copeland Ministries, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Here is a selection of insane religious ramblings in the context of coronavirus. For starters, the unbelievable (totally believable) selfishness of this woman:

This is a shocker; it’s an interview of a pastor who I mentioned recently, and who is defying restrictions and advice by bringing in 27 buses of Louisiana followers for each of his Sunday services and refusing to live stream (because, you know, “conviction”). The previous week, he had 1800 attendees. There is a pointed question about whether this is a pro-life position. He also companions that the stats are wrong because only x people have died and the predictions were much higher. Like many right-wingers, he is getting the causality the wrong way round – it is low because of mitigation activity.

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If you have the stomach, you can watch Alyssa Carone (“a xenophobic, militant Baptist Christian”), throwing Arabic Bibles at Muslims. The controversy of this woman is reported here.

Pastor Jim Bakker continues to peddle his goods:

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Justin Bieber gets all prayer-ful, but at least he recognises pluralism:

There is a big worry that certain indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest will be wiped out by this virus. Which is why the work of the New Tribes Mission is such a wonderful idea, and why their continuing work is, well, morally dubious:

FUNAI’s policies do not have the force of law in Brazil. But experts note that the New Tribes Mission contact and conversion plan likely violates the 1988 Brazilian Constitution, which discarded an earlier policy adopted under the nation’s military dictatorship that indigenous people be “assimilated.” Instead, the document gave native peoples the right to be indigenous forever.

The contact plan also violates international treaties to which Brazil is a signatory. The only international instrument to refer specifically to uncontacted indigenous groups is the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted in 2016, of which Brazil is a signatory. It states in Article XXVI:

  1. Indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation or initial contact have the right to remain in that condition and to live freely and in accordance with their cultures.

  2. States shall, with the knowledge and participation of indigenous peoples and organizations, adopt appropriate policies and measures to recognize, respect, and protect the lands, territories, environment, and cultures of these peoples as well as their life, and individual and collective integrity.

Help them get a helicopter:

Luckily, Joseph Prince prophesied this “virus thing” in 2018, Amen, amen?

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But you can’t beat some two fingers up to restriction and advice:

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And a whole lot more mental for you, because God loves Trump, amirite?

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And you saw the delights of Kenneth Copeland yesterday. Well, some more for you. “Codv” will “be over much sooner than you think”. That’s good:

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Let me know what gems you have seen.

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