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Coronavirus: Trump Cabinet’s Bible Teacher Says Gays Caused ‘God’s Wrath’ On Us

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In a blog post titled “Is God Judging America Today?” a pastor who leads a weekly bible study group for members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appeared to blame the coronavirus pandemic on several groups, including those who have “a proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality.”

America “is experiencing the consequential wrath of God,” the Rev. Ralph Drollinger wrote in a lengthy March 21 “Bible study” on his Capitol Ministries blog, which caused outrage among several national LGBTQ advocacy groups.

In addition to gays and lesbians, Drollinger — who The New York Times recently referred to as the Trump Cabinet’s “shadow diplomat” — also laid blame on people with “depraved minds,” environmentalists and those who deny the existence of God for igniting “God’s wrath.”

In an email sent to NBC News on Thursday, however, Drollinger said his coronavirus post was misinterpreted, adding that he does not “believe that homosexuality played any role whatsoever in the coronavirus.”

He explained that when it comes to God, there are a “panoply of wraths.” So while he believes homosexuality causes one type of God’s wrath (wrath of abandonment), it’s a different type than that which may have manifested in the coronavirus (sowing and reaping wrath).

White House spokesman Judd Deere called the implication that homosexuality caused the pandemic “disgusting” and “certainly not something the President believes.”

“President Trump has no higher priority than the health and safety of all Americans, and ensuring we emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before,” stated Deere, who said President Trump does not attend Drollinger’s Bible class.

Alphonso David, president of the national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, said “Drollinger’s horrific assertions are ludicrous” and said his “shameful views cannot be ignored.”

“LGBTQ people around the country and around the world are struggling to cope with this global pandemic. They are worried about their health, their livelihoods, and their families,” he wrote in a statement shared with NBC News. “At a moment where we need to pull together by recognizing our shared humanity and mutual dependence, there are some of low moral character who see it as an opportunity to continue to try to divide us.”

This is not the first time Drollinger has made offensive remarks about LGBTQ 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.”

Attendees at Drollinger’s Wednesday morning Bible lessons, according to The Intercept, which was the first to report on Drollinger’s coronavirus remarks, include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, House and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Health Secretary Alex Azar, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force.

CORRECTION (March 25, 2020, 10 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated President Donald Trump’s role in Rev. Ralph Drollinger’s weekly Bible study group. Members of Trump’s Cabinet attend, not the president himself.

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Facebook Posts Falsely Claim That The US Arrested A Chinese Scientist Who “Created” The Coronavirus

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Facebook posts shared thousands of times feature a video of US officials talking to reporters, with captions claiming they are announcing the arrest of a Chinese scientist who “created” the new coronavirus. However, the footage has nothing to do with COVID-19 and scientists have refuted allegations the virus was deliberately created.
“USA Arrested A Chinese Scientist That Created Coronavirus (sic),” reads the caption on a video shared more than 3,500 times by MOB TV, a Facebook page covering Nigerian news.

The clip features two officials from the US Department of Justice holding a press conference.

“We’re here today to announce three separate cases highlighting the ongoing threat posed by Chinese economic espionage and research theft,” one of the men says, standing in front of a US Department of Justice sign.

“China’s communist government’s goal, simply put, is to replace the United States as the world’s leading superpower and they’re breaking the law to get there,” his colleague says later on in the footage.

However, at no point do they refer to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 50,000 lives around the world as of April 3, 2020.

AFP ran a reverse image search on the video using the InVID We Verify tool, which traced the footage to local news reports on a press conference on January 28, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scientists charged
At the conference, US Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling and the head of Boston’s Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI), Joseph Bonavolonta, announced the arrest of a Harvard scientist and two Chinese nationals for hiding alleged ties to China.

AFP reported that US prosecutors charged the chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry and chemical biology department Charles Lieber with hiding his alleged role in a Chinese government programme that security officials say steals trade secrets.

Two other scientists, both Chinese nationals, were also charged as part of an investigation into hundreds of cases of alleged theft by Chinese scientists in the US.

The arrests were widely covered by local media, who broadcast footage from the original press conference.

Virus not man-made
Experts have refuted the theory that the new coronavirus was deliberately created. In a letter published in The Lancet medical journal, various public health scientists said that the virus “originated in wildlife”.

“We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin. Scientists from multiple countries … overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, as have so many other emerging pathogens,” it reads.

Scientists at the Ohio State University in the US also published a paper concluding there was “no credible evidence” that the new coronavirus was engineered in a laboratory.

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked a surge in anti-Chinese sentiment on social media, while US President Donald Trump has called for the protection of Asian communities after his use of the term “Chinese virus” sparked a backlash.

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Daniel Maldini Confirms He Is ‘No Longer Showing Any Symptoms’ For Coronavirus

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Milan starlet Daniel Maldini has confirmed that he is ‘no longer showing any symptoms’ for coronavirus.

Daniel and father Paolo were both struck down by COVID-19 last month, but the young attacker assures he is now fit enough to resume training at home.

“I’m fine, I’m no longer showing any symptoms and I’ve resumed individual training,” he said during a live Instagram Q&A.

The 18-year-old has two legendary mentors in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his dad.

“Ibrahimovic’s given me a lot of advice, both on and off the pitch. The legacy of my grandfather Cesare and dad Paolo is an important responsibility, but I’ve been used to this pressure from an early age.”

Daniel debuted for the first team against Verona in a 1-1 draw last month, before the season was cut short by coronavirus.

“In my head I was fairly calm and focused on the game, but San Siro gave me a unique emotion, the best I’ve experienced in this sport.”

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Vinicius Working Tirelessly To Return From Crisis In Flying Form

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The Brazilian is doing a couple of training sessions a day under the eye of his trainer, Thiago Lobo, and he wants to be at top speed when football returns.

Vinicius is working tirelessly during the coronavirus shutdown. He’s not just going through the motions either with two workout sessions a day under the watchful eye of his physical trainer, Thiago Lobo. The work takes place in the mornings and in the evenings, seven days a week.

The coronavirus has thrown everyone’s routines off-kilter. Everyone has been forced to adapt to a new normal including Real Madrid’s players. For Vinicius, the break comes at a terrible time given how good he was playing when LaLiga was interrupted by the coronavirus. In his head, he is only thinking about one thing: getting back to where he was before the rug was pulled out from underneath us. He wants to control the things he can control and his physical fitness is one of them.

In total, Vinicius works at least three and a half hours a day to maintain his fitness and strength. With Lobo, he works on a strict plan that is extra to his normal workout and is always okayed by the club. Dupont, the team’s trainer, gives him workouts to do as homework and Lobo adds that little bit more.

With or without the ball, Vinicius is a player who trains with a smile on his face and he hasn’t lost that despite Spain’s strict isolation rules. He has a gym in his house along with a garden to do the rest of the work necessary to remain in shape.

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