And today in nutbag news…
Pastor Rick Wiles, a noted far-right broadcaster and conspiracy theorist, has announced his latest crackpot hypothesis: that the deadly coronavirus, which has already killed more than 300 people, is God’s plan to cleanse the world of queers. Really.
Wiles, while covering Donald Trump‘s visit to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, made the announcement on January 27 as part of his commentary. What the coronavirus has to do with economics, we’re still not sure.
“Look at the spiritual rebellion that is in this country… Just vile, disgusting people in this country now, transgendering little children, perverting them,” Wiles ranted, according to Right Wing Watch. He went on to warn listeners to “wise up because there is a Death Angel on the loose right now,” insinuating that the coronavirus is God’s way of killing all the LGBTQ people in the United States. That’s a strange postulation, given that most cases of the coronavirus have occurred in China, and are not linked in any way to sexuality.
Wiles has a long history of conspiracy craziness. He has previously claimed that the “Jewish Mafia” killed John F. Kennedy, that Barack Obama is both a secret Muslim and a demon and that Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is actually a lizard.
The only thing crazier than Wiles himself is his listenership, who somehow takes this loony seriously. Given his crazed claims, we have to wonder: has anyone considered that Rick Wiles might just suffer from syphilis?