Wiles: Ebola Will Lead to Churches Being Shut Down

Rick Wiles makes a lot of truly bizarre claims but this one is particularly baffling. For some strange reason, he thinks that the Ebola problem in Africa is going to lead to the government in this country banning people from going to church.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    Well, every cloud has a silver lining, then.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Once you give up logic, you can connect everything. And if your market is all about connecting anxieties, you can pretty much just start stringing the fears together. Ebola, Christian persecution, gun confiscation, socialism, Obama, Islam, sex, etc. just go into the word salad spinner and out comes today’s script.

  • raven

    Wiles is just following the standard right wingnut/christofascist script.

    Fear, fear, fear,

    Hate, hate, hate.

    Mix and match, repeat endlessly. A robot could do it.

  • garnetstar

    What kind of church servies do they have that involve handling each other’s body fluids, sweat, excretions, etc.?

    I certainly don’t want to hear about them.

  • John Pieret

    No one at the CDC is worried about an outbreak of Ebola in the US. Since transmission requires actual physical contact with an infected person, our modern health services and our ability to quickly identify Ebola will enable us to isolate any cases that make it here and treat those cases fairly effectively.

    Wiles is just giving us another example of “When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.”

  • dingojack

    Uh Rick, I think you mean Yersinia pestis not Ebolavirus,. Oh and you’re about 666 years too late*.

    Dingo

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    * must be the devil’s own messaging system, you should try another carrier (so to speak) — seriously.

  • dingojack

    Garnetstar asked: “What kind of church servies do they have that involve handling each other’s body fluids, sweat, excretions, etc.?”

    Luke 22:19-20

    19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

    20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

    Dingo

  • blf

    Well, let’s see now…

    The president is of African heritage! Therefore, he has Ebola!!

    The president is an Atheist Muslim Commie stooge!!! Therefore he wants to impose Marxist-Sharia Law!!!!

    And therefore, he wants to feed all xians to the FEMA camps, since nothing else stands in his way!!!1!

    But to start the trains rolling, he needs a “cover story”!!?!

    But he has Ebola!!!!1!!1!

    Ergo, that’s it: He MUST quarantine the rest of the country!!!1!11!!!!

    Q.E.D.!!!!!!11!11!

    An easy case of PbODS (Proof by Obama Derangement Syndrome).

  • Akira MacKenzie

    D.C. Sessios @ 2

    (Slight derail.)

    Heh… Sounds like my father. His right-wing diatribes can go from ranting about the wastefullness of the welfare state, to the tyranny of gun control, to the culturally corrosive effects of TV tampon ads* in less than 15 seconds.

    *I shit you not. He can’t watch a Tampax ads without angrily proclaiming that they never have allowed feminine hygiene product ads on TV when he was a child.

    And he completely loses it when a condom or ED-drug ad comes on.

  • Randomfactor

    Well, then, Ricky, you’d better get on the stick and pray that your god performs a miracle and eliminates ebola. THAT will show them godless doctors who’s in charge.

    If he can’t do that, well, maybe it’s best that the churches get shut down. Can’t allow those houses of false prophecy to stand, can we?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    If the government won’t shut down churches then why did they shut down mine, The Church of Catching a Thing and Coughing on People?

     

    Akira MacKenzie “*He can’t watch a Tampax ads without angrily proclaiming that they never have allowed feminine hygiene product ads on TV when he was a child.”

    To be fair, women didn’t have ladyparts back then.*

     

    * Also, the vagina was originally a change machine. You’d put in your dollar and four quarters would pop out the back and what do you mean I’m not helping?

  • dan4

    @3: No “hate, hate, hate” involved in calling someone a “christofascist,” of course.

  • whheydt

    Well…probably not Ebola, but I could see a scenario with a readily transmissible disease causing public health officials banning all large gatherings, including church services. Wouldn’t be aimed at religion, just a matter of breaking transmission chains.

    (Meanwhile, where I live, a major local church–building put up in 1921–never reinforced the brick parapet on their bell tower. Following the recent 6.0 ‘quake–epicenter about 8 miles away–part of it came down and the building was “red tagged” until the rest of it was removed. I had thought that state building codes had mandated reinforcement or removal of all such parapets at least a couple of decades ago. I guess churches were exempt. Had the ‘quake happened during day time, the failing parapet could well have killed people.)

  • tsig

    “And he completely loses it when a condom or ED-drug ad comes on.”

    Well the bible says thou shalt not muzzle the ox that grindeth the grain” Now ox=penis and muzzle=condom and grinding the grain = **********.

    so I see his point. :) :] :}

  • lorn

    And here I was thinking that ebola has no up-side.

  • vereverum

    @ dan4 #12

    Well, according to the book of Revelation, the desired Christian society, an absolute dictator, strict regulation of social and economic life, and elimination of anyone who disagrees, is a succinct and accurate definition of fascism so Christofascist would be an objective term.

  • John Pieret

    whheydt @ 13:

    Well…probably not Ebola, but I could see a scenario with a readily transmissible disease causing public health officials banning all large gatherings, including church services.

    Well, yeah … everything is possible. The Spanish Flu of 1918 may have been the greatest pandemic in history, killing 50–100 million people worldwide and 500,000 to 675,000 in America. The First World War was still going on and the close quarters soldiers from all around the world lived in facilitated transmission. But the biggest factor was that, in 1918, we didn’t have the prophylactic treatments (blood and plasma transfusions, an understanding of the immune system, anti-diarrhea drugs, etc. etc.) that now enables us to keep patients alive until their bodies can fight off the disease. Quite apart from the promising new drug for Ebola, if we can get to a patient with the disease early, their chances of recovery are greatly increased, from under 30% to as much as 60% or more. A pandemic like the Spanish Flu would greatly tax even the American health system and people would die because of that. But when we look at the death rates in Liberia from Ebola or in Thailand from bird flu, we have to keep our heads and realize that those rates do not equate to what would happen here.

  • anubisprime

    whheydt @ 13

    I could see a scenario with a readily transmissible disease causing public health officials banning all large gatherings, including church services.

    Seeing as they seem stuck in a groove, if not the default reaction to any government initiative …I wonder if the religious would demand an opt out due to their religious beliefs?

    Maybe they think their hero would do the bizz so therefore no need to miss church, where they can all boast to each other of their martyrdom status in the face of the devils wrath, and their resultant bravery in defying their make believe nemesis, might be a scenario they could not resist.

    Maybe they should be given one…there I went there…should not have but I did!

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com JamesY2

    Modus, I’m a bit short on internets right now. Would you be willing to accept an IOU for one?

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    During the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918/19, public assemblies — including church services — were banned. During the frequent polio outbreaks between 1930 and 1950, laws were passed that would allow local governments to issue temporary bans. This was a basic, common sense precaution during times when highly communicable diseases were killing hundreds of thousands.

    I am not at all surprised that Wiles and other Talibangelicals would screech about how the government is trying to shut them down: “common sense” is not a part of their vocabulary, and their sense of self-righteous privilege tells them that the law is a weapon, to be wielded either by their hand against the infidel or by the infidel against them. Fine. If ebola or any other communicable disease forces a public assemblies ban, I hope they defy it joyously, and all end up seriously diseased as a result. And may it happen in a red state, with no ACA and no Medicaid.