Another Anti-Vaxxer Bites the Dust

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Our friend Jerry over at Grumpy’s Grumblings has another post describing the increasing number of anti-vax zealots who continue to push their idiocy until, sadly, they meet their maker. Usually it’s in the ICU, hooked up to a ventilator. This is a must-read folks. I’ve included a link at the end to continue reading on his site. Thanks Jerry, for your compelling insights, as always!

Some rants are like pent-up magma; the longer they lie below the surface the more explosive and dangerous they become. So, before I wait any longer and begin spewing out-of-character profanities, I’m going to vent some slightly subdued steam. The steam won’t be as scorching or forceful as it would be if mine were among the few venting sites. Yes, others have fumed their outrage over this issue; I’m just joining the chorus—again.

I refer, of course, to the many braying anti-science anti-vaxxers. Most of us have seen news stories or video clips of these rabid rebels yelling at and trying to intimidate responsible citizens who wear masks, get vaccinated, and follow all the other science-based and neighbor-honoring COVID protocols. And, sadly, many—perhaps most—of these fuming folks are fundamentalist white evangelicals.

Sad Poetic Justice

But beyond the average self-righteous Trumpist Joe and Jane, even more perfidious are the many radio show hosts who spew this toxic anti-vax nonsense. And again, sadly, many of them are evangelicals, and many of those evangelicals are pastors. These folks might not have the following of a Tucker Carlson or a Laura Ingraham, but they still influence hundreds, some of them thousands, and a few even reach—or reached—tens of thousands of gullible listeners.

I used the past-tense, reached, because many of them have lost their platforms for peculiarly malevolent persuasion—not by media censorship but rather by a COVID-19-caused early departure from this life. Yes, the virus they mocked showed them—in the starkest terms—just how potent it is.

Included among these departed disbelievers are—as noted in this Business Insider article—Dick Farrel, who repented of his anti-vaccine views shortly before his death; Phil Valentine, who also changed his COVID views as he lay dying; Marc Bernier; Robert David Steele; Caleb Wallace, who tried every quack remedy but rejected the vaccine; Pressley Stutts; and, finally, Bob Enyart.

Among Enyart’s other appalling views and actions were his callous, un-Christian mocking of and vitriol toward gay people, and, worse still, his habit of “gleefully” reading the obituaries of AIDS victims while playing the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Another One Bites the Dust

Enyart’s untimely death is as sorrowful as the death of any fellow human being made in God’s image, as we all are. But as sad an occasion as his death was, it does not erase his many reprehensible and treacherous assertions made to his radio audience and to his congregation. Yes, Bob Enyart was not just a radio show host, he also was the pastor of the evangelical Denver Bible Church in Wheatridge, Colorado, a Denver suburb.

Enyart, who gave one of his radio shows the ironic title “Real Science Radio,” claimed that human fetuses were used to develop COVID vaccines. That widely believed assertion requires a complicated and nuanced response, but, ultimately, Enyart’s claims missed the mark for scientific accuracy. Even so, Enyart, and many like him, have spread this dangerous belief, fueling the anti-vax hysteria, which in turn has opened the castle gates to the microscopic enemy that already has killed nearly 700,000 Americans.

Among Enyart’s other appalling views and actions were his callous, un-Christian mocking of and vitriol toward gay people, and, worse still, his habit of “gleefully” reading the obituaries of AIDS victims while playing the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust.”

To continue reading, please click here: Grumpy’s Grumblings

11 comments

      1. As you might know, Nan, the common evangelical reply is that all these maladies are the result of “the Fall,” when Adam and Eve chose to go their own way and reject God. Then, the belief is, all will be restored when Jesus returns.

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  1. I left this comment on grumpy’s blog, but wanted to share it here as well:

    The things that continues to baffle me is why do these individuals, who claim to be virtuous, righteous, and God-fearing, succumb to the virus just like all the “sinners” they rail against? And to go even deeper … WHY did God “allow” this virus in the first place, knowing that it would take the lives of many of his “faithful” servants? Hmmmm??? 🤔

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  2. I left this comment.
    I personally feel insulted when someone suggests I am made in God’s image, as are all of us, That means I’;m supposed to have much more in common with this man and others of his ilk than I could possibly want. I have nothing in common with them, especially their beliefs. I am able to offer much more respect to my fellow man than they which would make me a better Christian if I believed in such.
    Hugs

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    1. Hi, David. I’m not sure whether you disagree with the first part of the statement–about being made in God’s image–or the second part–“as are all of us.” I suspect you were referring to the second part. If my assumption is correct, I certainly understand your objection. I don’t like the notion of being grouped together with mean-spirited, intolerant people. My belief, however, is that every human is created in God’s image. That’s what the Bible teaches; theologians refer to this as “Imago Dei,” made in God’s image.
      My concern about folks–and I’m referring here to “Christians”–who reject the idea that every human is made in God’s image then find it easy to take the next step to saying that some groups of people are inferior and may be treated as less than human–as in the days of slavery in colonial America.
      My sincere belief is that every human being is made in God’s image–regardless of gender, skin color, height, weight, physical proportion, hair color, birthplace, beliefs, religion (or lack thereof), or any other differentiating factor. And because every human is created in God’s image, I must treat every human with dignity and respect–even those whose beliefs and behaviors I disagree with or abhor.
      I will continue to publicize my disagreement with bigoted, misguided people such as the ones I wrote about in the above article, but I will try to do so respectfully. If you catch me showing disrespect toward those I disagree with, please call me on it.
      Thanks for reading my posts, David.

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