In the midst of the latest breakout of Ebola in Africa, you knew it was only a matter of time before someone got around to blaming it on gay people. In Liberia, it’s coming from both church leaders and from the nation’s president, for crying out loud.
The Ebola pandemic — which has killed 887 in West Africa including 255 in Liberia — has terrified people so much that some local leaders discern divine meaning in it. According to Front Page Africa and the Daily Observer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on Tuesday for all residents to fast for three days and pray for forgiveness.
“Relying on His divine guidance for our survival as a nation,” she announced, “I call on all Liberians to observe three days of national fast and prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue to fight against the deadly Ebola virus.”
That followed a recent recommendation by the Liberian Council of Churches, which said in a statement last week the outbreak has Biblical implications. “God is angry with Liberia,” the religious leaders said, according to the Daily Observer. “Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.”
It’s always gay people, isn’t it? This is what happens when you demonize people, they become the scapegoat for everything. And Godwin be damned, this is, in fact, exactly what happened in Nazi Germany. Jews were demonized and marginalized and blamed for every bad thing happening in society. And I find it absolutely bizarre that those who believe this nonsense blame gay people instead of blaming God. If God did send an Ebola epidemic over this, he’s a fucking asshole, a brutal, barbaric tyrant. Even if they’re right, they’re getting the blame all wrong.