Religious leaders in Liberia have
blamed an outbreak of the Ebola virus on “homosexualism.”
According to The Washington Post,
the pandemic has claimed the lives of 255 people in the West African
nation of Liberia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on
Tuesday called for three days of prayer and fasting.
“Relying on His divine guidance for
our survival as a nation,” Sirleaf said, “I call on all Liberians
to observe three days of national fast and prayer to seek God's face
to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia,
as we continue to fight against the deadly Ebola virus.”
The Liberian Council of Churches also
couched the outbreak in Biblical terms, blaming Ebola on “immoral
acts” such as “homosexualism.”
“God is angry with Liberia. 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,” the council
said in a statement.
Meanwhile in the United States,
Christian conservative Rick
Wiles trumpeted a similar sentiment.
Ebola, which he also called a plague,
“may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming.
Ebola could solve America's problems with atheism, homosexuality,
sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”