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A Virginia pastor, 66-year-old Landon Spradlin, tragically died after a bout with coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25th, shortly after he’d been diagnosed.
Media outlet Newsweek felt this would be a good time to dig up a two-week-old lone meme the pastor shared, in which he criticized the media for stirring “mass hysteria.” Spradlin’s church had moved to online services and himself had said the threat of the virus was “real,” so it’s clear he was actually taking prevention quite seriously.
The question that remains is, why would a reporter at a major outlet go to such great lengths to pluck someone from obscurity and use their platform to define a person by one meme? Faithwire’s Dan Andros and Tré Goins-Phillips discuss the story that appears to be another example of stories motivated by an anti-Christian agenda.