Catholic Archbishop: Ebola is punishment from God for homosexuality

By Michael Stone | 24 October 2014
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Gays are under attack in Liberia after many Christian leaders, including Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of Monrovia, declared Ebola to be a punishment from God for the act of homosexuality.

Earlier this year, “more than 100 Bishops, Pastors, General Overseers, Prophets, Evangelists and other Ministers of the Gospel,” met under the auspices of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC), to deliberate about the Ebola epidemic.

Ultimately, the Christian leaders unanimously endorsed the following resolution:

“That God is angry with Liberia, and that 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.”

Previously, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of Monrovia publicly declared the following concerning the Ebola epidemic:

“One of the major transgressions against God for which He may be punishing Liberia is the act of homosexuality.”

LGBT activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters:

“Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They’re even asking for the death penalty. We’re living in fear.”

Ebola has infected almost 10,000 people in West Africa since March, killing around half its victims. Liberia is the worst hit country where poverty, corruption and civil war have left a weak health system unable to cope with the exponential spread of the disease.

However, many West Africans continue to believe that Ebola is not a medical disease, but a supernatural curse. The novelty of Ebola, coupled with its rapid death toll in recent months, has created an enabling environment for rumors, misinformation and superstition to spread among West Africans.

An atmosphere the merchants of religious superstition and ignorance like Archbishop Lewis Zeigler and other religious leaders use to promote their own brand of poison.

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Michael Stone is an atheist, an educator, a progressive, a secular humanist, a freethinker, and a freelance writer. He is also the founder of the popular Facebook page, Progressive Secular Humanist Examiner.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely disgusting!!!!
    Diseases are not some kind of higher power punishment… any intelligent person knows diseases, viruses, bacteria are simply a part of our normal biological world. They have always existed even before humans walked this earth.

  2. How does the Arch-Bish explain the lack of Ebola in San Francisco then? Typical dangerous nonsense from the "it's all about me and my beliefs" brigade.

  3. … and in other news:
    God sends more sunshine and some very pretty nature for all to enjoy because the gays increased the amount of love on earth, but God also sends Ebola to innocent Christians in Africa because (s)he's is fed up with their bigoted whining about homosexuals and atheists.

    There, I can make up stories about what God does just as well as the Bish and I don't need a silly hat to carry it off!

    The Bishop does not know if there is a god and/or what it might approve of. He is guessing and hoping it is in line with his own bigoted ideas.
    Why are people violent to gays when a lying bigot incites the violence. Why can't they be violent to the bigots for lying and wishing harm on fellow humans?

  4. No, it was Lord Voldemort who sent the virus against the muggles … it says so in a fictional book about magic which is far more up-to-date than the one the Bish misinterprets!

  5. Maybe when human beings get beyond the mental age of 10 we can get rid of religion and superstition once and for all.Oh sorry,I forgot,people are ignorant to information that contradicts their either chosen or indoctrinated childhood childish beliefs. You can't fight bad superstition with good superstition.It only creates more confusion. I mean ,who really gives a crap about what was written or left out of the bible and other supposed holy books. If we don't embrace reason and science we're not going to sort this out properly. African christianity is rampant with voodoo ,like Irish catholicism has its fair share of old Irish paganism and don't get me started on American christian fundaMENTALists or Islam for that matter.It's all bollox and it's time we started saying it like it is. We can be good without fairy tales people.We don't need invisible men in the sky talking to people who think they hear his thoughts. In order to know that there is a and all knowing being,firstly you have to be an ALL KNOWING BEING. And playing the faith card just doesn't cut it I'm afraid :( Either you have solid,and not imaginary or pattern seeking evidence ,or you're argument is not worth anything,or the bible it's written on :)

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