Monday, 20 April 2020

Covid-19 Stupidity and Magical Thinking

The late Bishop Gerald O. Glenn
Told packed church "God is larger than this dreaded virus"!
A COVID-Denying Pastor Died of COVID-19. Now His Family Has the Virus, Too. | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

The sad death of Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church of Richmond Virginia from the Covid-19 virus and news that his entire family have now caught the deadly virus is a reminder that these unfortunate people are victims as much of the religion virus as they are of the Covid-19 virus.

A week before he died, Bishop Gerald O. Glenn preached to a packed church and boasted that "God is larger than this dreaded virus", in defiance of public advice to limit the size of public gatherings and to cancel church services.

As though to illustrate the way the religion virus suckers in its victims, despite the evidence to the contrary, Bishop Glenn's daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley continued to claim on her facebook page that "God is still bigger than this virus." and expressed her belief in the healing power of God, although she also urged people to stay at home.

It appears that the two viruses, religion and Covid-19 have formed a mutually beneficial alliance in that religion suckers gullible people into gathering together believing themselves to be magically protected so the Covid-19 virus can be more readily spread and from thence into the wider community. Ultimately, of course, the 'selfishness' of Covid-19 will win out, as religious fools are selected out of the memepool.

Mar-Gerie Crawley has since announced that she and the rest of Bishop Glenn's family are recovering and that she now has antibodies to the virus.

No doubt she will credit her god for what she and her relatives had evolved the ability to do - resist infections using an evolved immune system.

The pity is that the experience hasn't created any visible resistance to the religion virus. Amazingly, people suffering from that particular virus can believe with great conviction things for which there is not a scrap of evidence whilst dismissing the abundant scientific evidence of the infectivity and seriousness of Covid-19 and that it's spread can be reduced by appropriate social distancing. It remains to be seen whether these credulous victims of religion will continue to believe in magical protection and refuse any vaccine that medical science will come up with







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