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Harvard Professor: Anti-Lockdown Protests a Result of Christian 'Malignant Delusion'

Steven Pinker blasts Evangelical Christians in now deleted tweet

 on 23rd May 2020 @ 9.00pm
the professor theorized that focus on the afterlife made christians care less about the virus © press
The professor theorized that focus on the afterlife made Christians care less about the virus

A Harvard professor blamed Evangelical Christianity for the anti lockdown protesters who are pushing back against draconian government stay-at-home orders.

Steven Pinker posted a tweet supporting the theory from an opinion piece in the Washington Post criticizing Evangelical Christians.

"Belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier. Exhibit A: What's really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? Evangelicals," he tweeted.

Pinker's tweet has since been deleted.

The article, which was authored by Gary Abernathy claimed the anti-lockdown protests were animated not just by support for President Donald Trump, but also the focus on the afterlife made Christians care less about the virus.

The article reads:

Christian fundamentalism is often fatalistic. As far as many evangelicals are concerned, life passes quickly, suffering is temporary, and worrying solves nothing.

That's not a view that comports well with long stretches of earthly time spent waiting out business closures or stay-at-home orders. It should be no surprise that a person's deepest beliefs about the world influence how they measure the risks they're willing to take.

 as far as many evangelicals are concerned  life passes quickly  suffering is temporary  and worrying solves nothing © press
'As far as many evangelicals are concerned, life passes quickly, suffering is temporary, and worrying solves nothing'

Abernathy concluded:

"When ruminating over why there are millions of people who don't seem to panic over a global pandemic or other life-threatening event, critics should remember that right or wrong, it often involves a belief in something even bigger than people named Trump, Hannity or Limbaugh."

But the response on social media didn't share the same views, one of which was Ben Shapiro, who is Jewish.

"So if I believe that my actions don't merely matter here on earth, but in eternity, my actions are somehow devalued? Also, please explain why my synagogue shut down BEFORE any governmental orders to do so if we don't care about actual life. Ridiculous on its face," responded Shapiro.

Others also blasted Pinker for his dismissive blame.

the response to the professor s tweet on social media did not take too kindly to his criticism of christians © press
The response to the professor's tweet on social media did not take too kindly to his criticism of Christians

Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review tweeted:

"Religious people live longer on average, report higher happiness, and have more children. But Pinker believes in SCIENCE!"

Actress Kirstie Alley tweeted:

"More proof of why godless Psyches are destroying the planet.. you cats ARE the malignancy who have been trying to turn us into 'brains' instead of spiritual beings for centuries .. your gifts to man are ETC, drugs, lobotomy, and lock up.. I'll take my chances with God."

Dinesh D'Souza tweeted:

"Christopher Hitchens once described this pompous Harvard pedant as 'educated beyond his intelligence.' Pinker here proves Hitchens right. People want to get back to their jobs, their friends, their life, but Pinker insists their real motive is 'belief in an afterlife.'"

Catholic comedian Jeremy McLellan responded:

"Word of advice: If something makes logical sense to you but doesn't play out in reality, then the problem is in your head."

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) called lockdown protesters “racist and misogynistic."

"You know, these have been really political rallies where people come with Confederate flags and Nazi symbolism and calling for violence."

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