Archbishop Lewis Ziegler
The absurdity of religious extremism knows no bounds. Christian leaders in Liberia have blamed homosexuality for the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.
According to the Liberian Observer, more than 100 “bishops, pastors, general overseers, prophets, evangelists and other ministers of the gospel” met last week to deliberate on the crisis.
Their aim was to “discuss and consider an enhanced spiritual response by the church in Liberia to the prevailing Ebola virus.”
Their conclusion was that God is angry with Liberia and has therefore inflected the disease as a plague on the country.
In a declaration, the men of the cloth agreed that: “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,” they added. The clerics said that this would best be accomplished through three days of national fasting, prayer and silence.
In April, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Ziegler also warned that recent calamities that have befallen Liberia are due to immorality.
“Where are we going as Liberians if we are advocating for homosexuality?” he said. “Are we not calling for curses upon ourselves? How will a man marry his fellow man, this is an abomination. These are the same things that brought down Sodom and Gomorrah.”
In the US, New York Pastor James David Manning threw his weight behind the Liberians’ views on what has caused the outbreak.
In a six minute video, he went further and cursed gay people with the virus.
“All the world needs to know that sodomy and homosexuality is more deadly than the Ebola virus that is spreading all over the world,” Manning proclaimed. “Everybody who stands up and embraces sodomy, be thou cursed with Ebola! Cursed be ye for embracing this!”
Almost 1000 people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.