Monday, March 30, 2020

Fundie Fraudster Endangering Students

The head of fundamentalist diploma mill "Liberty" University, the execrable hypocrite and pool boy mentor Jerry Falwell, Jr., partially opened his sham college last week, defying public health directives warning against social exposure to COVID-19. He's been one of the COVID-19 deniers, echoing his golden calf Donald "Golden Turd" Trump's original lie that the virus was a "hoax" by Trump's enemies to bring him down.

Now, there's reporting that Falwell ignored the national advisory and opened the school (the school's head of student health services, "Dr." Thomas Eppes, Jr. should lose his medical license over this decision, too):
“'We’ve lost the ability to corral this thing,' Dr. Thomas W. Eppes Jr. said he told Mr. Falwell. But he did not urge him to close the school. 'I just am not going to be so presumptuous as to say, "‘This is what you should do and this is what you shouldn’t do,’” Dr. Eppes said in an interview.

So Mr. Falwell — a staunch ally of President Trump and an influential voice in the evangelical world — reopened the university last week, igniting a firestorm. As of Friday, Dr. Eppes said, nearly a dozen Liberty students were sick with symptoms that suggested Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Three were referred to local hospital centers for testing. Another eight were told to self-isolate." (our emphasis)
The sheer stupidity and recklessness of these men is breathtaking; that Eppes doesn't think he has the responsibility to tell Falwell "this is what you shouldn't do" from a health perspective is beyond belief. Of course, it's very likely that Eppes was just reading Falwell for an answer.

Let's hope that some smart attorneys start legal action against "Liberty" University, and Falwell in particular, for reckless endangerment, etc. Reactions on Twitter were predictably strong:

Sue Falwell's ass out of existence and shut his diploma mill down for good.

(photo: The Golden Turd receiving a bow from his apostle).

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