A right-wing Christian author has claimed that COVID-19 was sent by God as punishment for U.S. culture being “so pro-LGBT.”
William Koenig has previously claimed that God sends natural disasters as warnings when U.S.-led peace talks pressure Israel to divide its land and blamed droughts in California on same-sex marriage.
In a recent appearance on right-wing ministry leader Jan Markell’s “Understanding the Times” radio show, he claimed that COVID-19 was a “judgment” on widespread acceptance of LGBTQ people, Right Wing Watch reports.
Koenig and Markell also accused LGBTQ people of prepping children to be “groomed and sexualized,” calling it a “war on children.”
Merkell kicked off the attack during her July 29 broadcast by calling LGBTQ rights “the bombardment of one aberration after another.”
She then read an excerpt from Koenig’s newsletter claiming, “The last letter in the LGBTQ is Q for questioning, which is the mission to confuse kids enough that they question their sexuality so that they can be groomed and be evangelized.”
Merkell commented, “It’s so true, Bill, this is a war on children.”
Koenig replied by calling the COVID-19 pandemic “part of [God’s] judgment.”
“We had a national shutdown last summer. We had every major sports league that favored the LGBT agenda, that even took on states for their bathroom bills,” he said.
“When you think about Hollywood was shut down. We thought fashion was shut down. Retail was shut down. All these areas that were so pro-LGBT, the COVID shut them down, and I don’t know if they’ll ever recover.”
Koenig continued: “Don’t touch the children. This crosses the line. It is tragic to see what they’re doing, and our God is going to respond even greater. This is judgment. This is a pattern of judgment. Everything about this fits the pattern of judgment; I’m sorry, there’s no other way to put it.”
Koenig attends anti-LGBTQ Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Va., whose pastor, Gary Hamrick, has attacked LGBTQ people and decried efforts to support transgender people.
Earlier this year, Hamrick claimed that school board members in Loudon County were “emotionally abusing our children by perpetuating the lie about gender confusion,” after police was introduced to affirm the pronouns of transgender students.
Hamrick called the move “contrary to biology, reality, and the beautiful design of God.”
Koenig, meanwhile, previously claimed that droughts in California were God’s punishment for same-sex marriage.
“We’ve got a state that, over and over again, will go against the word of God, that will continually take positions on marriage and abortion and on a lot of things that are just completely opposed to the scriptures,” Koenig said in 2015.
“Unfortunately, a lot of times when it starts in California, it spreads to the rest of the country and even spreads to the rest of the world. So there very likely could be a drought component to this judgment.”
The mass shooter who killed three children and three staffers at a Nashville Christian school on Monday, March 27, has been identified by police as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, of Nashville, a former student of The Covenant School.
Hale, a transgender woman, had no previous criminal record, according to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake. Police say Hale's attack was carefully planned out.
The six victims of the shooting include three nine-year-olds -- Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney -- 61-year-old Cynthia Peak, 61-year-old Mike Hill, and 60-year-old Katherine Koonce, the head of The Covenant School. All were pronounced dead at local area hospitals.
A Christian school that expressed support for the LGBTQ community was forced to close after its conservative donor base stopped giving it money.
Urban Christian Academy, a private K-8 school in Kansas City, Missouri, with an enrollment of 100 students, had long stressed inclusivity in general terms, noting in its mission statement that following Jesus "opens up doors and makes room at the table."
Last year, however, the school added an additional paragraph to its website.
"We are an affirming school. We stand with the LGBTQIA+ community and believe in their holiness. We celebrate the diversity of God's creation in all its varied and beautiful forms."
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city's first-ever lesbian mayor and its first Black woman mayor, lost her bid for re-election on Tuesday, failing to qualify for an April 4 runoff election.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Lightfoot finished third with 17% of the vote behind former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, who earned about 34% of the vote, and Cook County Commissioner and Chicago Teachers Union organizer Brandon Johnson, who earned 20% of the vote.
Because no candidate earned 50% of the vote in the first round, a runoff between the top two candidates will occur in five weeks.
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