Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in America for awhile now, so it should come as no surprise that a right-wing bigot who says he’s a preacher is using the coronavirus pandemic to spread anti-Jewish theories.
Rick Wiles runs a religious radio program called TruNews, which he is using to say that synagogues are being infected with the COVID-19 pandemic because Jewish people go against Jesus.
Wiles said on the latest version of his show:
“Stay out of those things. There’s a plague in them. God’s dealing with false religions. God’s dealing with those who oppose his son, Jesus Christ. He’s dealing with the forces of Antichrist. There is a plague moving upon the Earth right now, and the people that are going into the synagogues are coming out with the virus.”
“It’s spreading in Israel through the synagogues. God is spreading it in your synagogues! You are under judgment because you oppose his son, Jesus Christ. That is why you have a plague in your synagogues. Repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and the plague will stop.”
Now, Wiles and other Christians are perfectly free to believe this nonsense, but it is also dangerous to use one’s platform to attack an already-maligned group of people. If there is an uptick in hate crimes after this, Wiles definitely holds some responsibility for it. This is especially true since, despite his bigotry (or maybe because of it) he still receives White House press credentials.
Jewish people have routinely faced bigotry throughout our country’s history. It is time to call out people like Rick Wiles for being the dangerous bigots that they are.
In the meantime, let us protect our neighbors who are under attack right now, all in the midst of the most dangerous pandemic we have seen in our lifetimes.
Watch the despicable video below:
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.