In a stunning display of editorial brazenness, The New York Times approved the running of an op-ed that placed the blame for the spread of the coronavirus squarely on the shoulders of evangelical Christians.
Kristen Stewart, journalist and author of the op-ed, argued that because religious voters helped elect President Donald Trump, he must then govern without regard to, or respect for, science.
The op-ed, titled “The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals,” claims Trump’s voters are part of a group that “denies science:”
Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown.
At least since the 19th century, when the proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney attacked the physical sciences as “theories of unbelief,” hostility to science has characterized the more extreme forms of religious nationalism in the United States.
In defense of her theory, Stewart offered the very unscientific data of a few anecdotal stories from pastors who are non convinced of the dangers of COVID-19.
What Stewart didn’t account for in her NYT-approved op-ed is that many non-partisan medical experts have praised and endorsed President’s Trump’s policies through out the process.
For example, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debbi Birx are widely considered experts rather than “Trump allies.” They both confirm that Trump and his administration are listening and acting based on sound scientific reasoning.
Additionally, per Breitbart News, “scientists have confirmed that President Trump’s travel bans on China and Europe slowed and limited the spread of the disease in the United States.” Dr. Fauci “specifically urged the travel ban be imposed on Europe.”