Christian pastor who thought COVID-19 is just ‘mass hysteria’ is among the first in Virginia to die from virus

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Dalek

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One of the first deaths in Virginia from coronavirus was a 66-year-old Christian “musical evangelist” who fell ill while on a trip to New Orleans with his wife. As the Friendly Atheist’s Bo Gardiner points out, Landon Spradlin had previously shared opinions that the pandemic was the result of “mass hysteria” from the media.

On March 13, Spradlin shared a misleading meme that compared coronavirus deaths to swine flu deaths and suggested the media is using the pandemic to hurt Trump. In the comments, Spradlin acknowledged that the outbreak is a “real issue,” but added that he believes “the media is pumping out fear and doing more harm than good”

“It will come and it will go,” he wrote.




That same day, he shared a post from another pastor that told the story of a missionary in South Africa who “protected” himself from the bubonic plague with the “Spirit of God.”
 
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LewieP

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Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
 

Krejlooc

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not normally one to say this, but absolutely no sympathy for this guy. Not only did he kill himself, he put lots and lots of people in danger in multiple ways (spreading misinformation, and the virus itself). I don't celebrate that the pandemic is killing people, but getting people like this out of the flow of population where they can spread more harm is a net win.
 

Zombine

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It is unfortunate that so many individuals are not taking COVID-19 seriously. My hope is that this will be a wake up call for the great people of Virgina who are not heeding sound medical advice, and that they realize this will not just pass. Standard precautions are necessary to prevent the virus from spreading and claiming loved ones.
 

Jonnax

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The problem with people like this is the same with ani vax people.

They have no concept of danger. Living in their stupid bubble.
 

SinkFla

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What is this thread, celebrating that someone died? I dunno, guys.
Yeah I can't get behind that. I will say though that his claims were dangerous to not only the idiots who believed and agreed with him but also put other innocent lives at risk who may have unknowingly come into contact with them. This should wake up the conspiracy dipshits but sadly it most likely won't. RIP and condolences to his family.
 

Surakian

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Look, I don't care if people believe in god and his power to protect them, but people still need to use some god damn common sense and still protect themselves from potential danger. I hope people like him who are still healthy and alive learn from this and wake the hell up.
 

HStallion

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Look, I don't care if people believe in god and his power to protect them, but people still need to use some god damn common sense and still protect themselves from potential danger. I hope people like him who are still healthy and alive learn from this and wake the hell up.
They don't wake up. They just adapt their grift to fit the new narrative.
 
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