The Daily Wire’s Megan Basham exposes how Evangelical Elites spread government propaganda.
Daily Wire: Rick Warren first met Francis Collins at World Economic Forum event.
Daily Wire: Ed Stetzer called lab origin of Coronavirus a ‘conspiracy theory.’
Daily Wire: Evangelical Elites held secret, off-the-record meeting with Francis Collins.
Evangelical Elites like Ed Stetzer, Rick Warren, and Russell Moore promoted government propaganda during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a shocking new report from the Daily Wire. You need to read the entire story. Seriously, go do that now. Then come back for a few observations.
According to the Daily Wire,
“Much earlier in the pandemic, as an editor at evangelicalism’s flagship publication, Christianity Today (CT), Stetzer had also penned essays parroting Collins’ arguments on conspiracy theories. Among those he lambasted other believers for entertaining — the hypothesis that the coronavirus had leaked from a Wuhan lab. In a now deleted essay, preserved by Web Archive, Stetzer chided, “If you want to believe that some secret lab created this as a biological weapon, and now everyone is covering that up, I can’t stop you.”
“It may seem strange, given the evidence now emerging of NIH-funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, to hear a church leader instruct Christians to ‘repent’ for the sin of discussing the plausible supposition that the virus had escaped from a Chinese laboratory. This is especially true as it doesn’t take any great level of spiritual discernment — just plain common sense — to look at the fact that Covid first emerged in a city with a virology institute that specializes in novel coronaviruses and realize it wasn’t an explanation that should be set aside too easily. But it appears Stetzer was simply following Collins’ lead.”The Daily Wire
And that archive does not contain some of the most explosive things Stetzer said.
Stetzer said in an earlier version of the column, “In a study just published by Pew, almost 30 percent of Americans believe the theory that is ‘almost certainly not true’ about the novel coronavirus being concocted in a lab. The largest group in the study to affirm this was conservative Republicans at about four in ten (39 percent). That group would also be the most religious group.”
That version of the column was published just minutes before Fox News broke the story that the intelligence community was considering a lab leak as a possibility.
Stetzer or his CT staff edited the column within minutes and edited it without posting an editor’s note. Something that longtime evangelical journalist Janet Mefferd exposed as a serious lapse in journalistic ethics.
In the days before Stetzer declared a conspiracy theory any such claim, there were voices raising the possibility of a lab leak.
We highlighted respected China expert Dr. Michael Pillsbury, fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, Director of Center on Chinese Strategy of the Hudson Institute, and a longtime analyst in the Defense Department, who said, Chinese researchers were adding “gain of function” to viruses extracted from bats.
“In theory, this is extremely dangerous,” Pillsbury said. “Why would the United States fund her to do this?”
Indeed. Why would the US fund that?
It seems like a great question to ask Dr. Francis Collins. However, none of the Evangelical Elites talking to Collins cared to ask such a question or do any homework. The Daily Wire makes clear—Big Eva was only interested in parroting government approved talking points.
Basham’s reporting is extensive—even revealing that megachurch pastor Rick Warren met Francis Collins in Davos, Switzerland during a World Economic Forum (WEF) event.
But most interesting of all, “Warren revealed, at an ‘off-the-record’ meeting between Collins and ‘key faith leaders.’ Warren did not say, but one can make an educated guess as to who convened that meeting and for what purpose, given the striking similarity of Collins’ appearances alongside all these leading Christian lights.”