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Look, if you’re gonna be a bigot in the 21st century, at least try and get some new material.

Blaming gay people for everything that goes wrong in society — including the spread of the coronavirus, as Pastor Steven Andrew of the USA Christian Church is doing — is getting pretty old.

Andrew found a way to connect LGBTQ people, women who have abortions, and people who don’t worship as he does with the epidemic.

“Our safety is at stake, since national disobedience of God’s laws brings danger and diseases, such as coronavirus, but obeying God brings covenant protection (Exodus 15:26),” Andrew said. “God protects the USA from danger as the country repents of LGBT, false gods, abortion and other sins.”

He added that March is “Repent of LGBT Sin Month”… which I doubt is what anyone is giving up for Lent.

In any case, his attempt to link a group he hates with a punishment he enjoys makes no sense. The one time that God destroyed a city for same-sex relations was when rape was involved. The real sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was abuse of hospitality.

By his logic, the coronavirus is a plague as punishment for white evangelicals embracing Donald Trump as their new messiah. Or their silence as refugee kids are put in cages. Or their ignorance as SNAP benefits are taken away from poor families.

Or maybe the epidemic has nothing to do with “sin,” just as a vaccine won’t have anything to do with prayer. This pastor just wants to use bad news to lift up his own ministry.

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