A Florida Pastor Who Said God Made COVID To Purge Sin Off The Planet Was Hospitalised With COVID
“I am not going to be vaccinated. I’m going to be one of the survivors. I’m going to survive the genocide.”
A Florida Pastor and COVID-19 conspiracy theorist was hospitalised with — yes you guessed it — COVID-19, after saying God sent the virus to “purge a lot of sin off this planet.”
What a truly truly unlucky guy.
Florida Pastor and Anti-Vax COVID-19 Conspiracy Theorist Rick Wiles hospitalized with COVID after saying it’s God’s judgment against LGBTQ & Jewish people. https://t.co/CJh46HcDVh pic.twitter.com/Z3WZfs3Vp4
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) June 24, 2021
Just three weeks ago, the infamous pastor, Rick Wiles, shared the news that he was in hospital for COVID-19 related pneumonia and difficulty breathing, on his website TruNews.com.
The far-right evangelical pundit has made quite a name for himself as one of the top deniers of the coronavirus in the US. And has been using the website TruNews.com, that he founded all by himself, to spread ridiculous hate-based conspiracy theories during the pandemic.
But this time around his messaging to his followers was, well a bit different.
According to NBC news, he wrote that: “This was a full-frontal hit from Hell on your TruNews family”.
“Because Jesus Christ lives in us, we shall live too. Your prayers needed for the above family members and team.”
“Thanks to Jesus Christ, I survived the CCP Covid genocide on the American people,” he added, reportedly referring to the Chinese Communist Party.
NBC news reported that at least four other family members developed COVID-19 symptoms as well as Wiles.
Only a month prior, Wiles supposedly declared in an interview posted to the website, that he was not going to be vaccinated because he believed vaccines were part of a “mass death campaign”.
He added –rather ironically –that the only good thing to come out of this mass conspiracy campaign of COVID and the vaccine, was “that a lot of stupid people will be killed off.”
When he was admitted to hospital, his church apparently asked for “an army of people” to pray for their sick and unfortunately stupid pastor.
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) May 29, 2021
To give a little insight into who this Rick Wiles character is, he’s a pastor of the Flowing Streams Church in Florida. The Church is in fact, however, a non-denominational organisation, meaning it’s not linked to a specific religion at all and instead really just supports racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and antisemitic conspiracy theories.
Rick Wiles is the senior pastor of Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida.
Here he is advocating mass executions
…while sporting a cross on his lapel. https://t.co/WuABscKuLK
— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) November 30, 2020
Just last year Wiles made headlines in the US, for having his website credited by a White House journalist, which was pretty concerning given his long history of hate speech.
Before getting COVID-19 himself, Wiles has reportedly said on multiple occasions that COVID-19 is “God’s judgement” against people he doesn’t like.
And that the world would be a “better place” after a “genocide” caused by the vaccine kills 70% of the population.
According to twitter dialogue, Wiles seems to be out of hospital now and recovered..
Apparently God has a sense of humor.
— Martin Collinson (@LUFC_Arizona) June 24, 2021