27 March 2020
Ralph Drollinger, a minister who leads a weekly Bible study group for President Trump’s cabinet, argues in two blog posts and a rambling Bible study guide published in the past few days, that the coronavirus is a form of God’s wrath upon nations.
America “is experiencing the consequential wrath of God,” Drollinger wrote in a March 21 “Bible study” on his Capitol Ministries blog. In addition to gays and lesbians, Drollinger also laid blame on people with “depraved minds,” environmentalists and those who deny the existence of God for igniting “God’s wrath”. The New York Times recently referred to Drollinger as the Trump Cabinet’s “shadow diplomat”.
“Relative to the coronavirus pandemic crisis, this is not God’s abandonment wrath nor His cataclysmic wrath, rather it is sowing and reaping wrath,” wrote Drollinger. “A biblically astute evaluation of the situation strongly suggests that America and other countries of the world are reaping what China has sown due to their leaders’ recklessness and lack of candor and transparency.”
Neither does he miss a chance to condemn those who worship the “religion of environmentalism” and express a “proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality.” These individuals, Drollinger argues in “Is God Judging America Today?”, one of the minister’s posts about coronavirus pandemic, have infiltrated “high positions in our government, our educational system, our media and our entertainment industry” and “are largely responsible for God’s consequential wrath on our nation.”
The Drollinger-led Bible study meets every Wednesday morning with members of Trump’s cabinet, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Health Secretary Alex Azar. Carson and Azar, notably, are members of the coronavirus task force guiding the federal government response to the pandemic.
Vice President Mike Pence, a member of the task force and a listed host of Capitol Ministries, is also tied to the Bible study. Emails obtained by Gizmodo show administration officials coordinating with Drollinger’s group to schedule a session of the Bible study, including the possibility of hosting the weekly event in Pence’s West Wing office.
At least 52 GOP lawmakers also participate in a Capitol Hill version of Drollinger’s Bible study, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sponsors of the event include House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the second-ranking GOP lawmaker in the Senate.
Ralph Drollinger argues the coronavirus is an act of God’s judgment. His Bible studies are attended by Mike Pompeo, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, and Alex Azar. https://t.co/ZWTU0IMEee
— The Intercept (@theintercept) March 25, 2020
According to NBC News, this is not the first time Drollinger has made offensive remarks about gay people. In just the past two years, Drollinger has written multiple blog posts about the dangers of homosexuality. In a 2018 post, “Understanding the Book of Leviticus Today,” for example, he compared same-sex relationships to a woman who “loves her cat” and predicted the embrace of gay marriage would be akin to choosing “a path toward extinction”.
Drollinger also thinks the welfare state begins with the family, followed by the church, and has supported Donald Trump since he was a long-shot in the primaries. In January, when a New York Times opinion piece described Drollinger and others as “Christian nationalists,” he wrote a 1400-word letter to complain. “Of all the Bible studies I’ve written on policy, Trump’s enacting everything I’ve written,” the BBC reports.
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