We are looking at one of the individuals, a Christian nationalist pastor into the prosperity gospel who participated in the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. This post is going to examine his views on the COVID-19 pandemic and what he thought about the restrictions, COVID testing and possibly vaccines as well. Its a disturbing look into a person who this blog believes is an alleged terrorist drowning in a lot of alternative facts.
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.“
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12 NIV
Our pastor/terrorist Tyler Ethridge
There are a number of issues to consider as we dissect the Christian nationalism of an alleged terrorist who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. The other day I looked at Tyler’s views of premarital sex and also offered some advice to his wife. The disconnect astounds me…you allegedly engage in domestic terrorism and then in the days afterward are planning a baby registry. Pretty soon other issues are going to come crashing down when the FBI comes to visit. You can read about both in the following posts, “#PastorParler No Tyler Ethridge Premarital Sex Wont Destroy Your Life. However Raiding the Capitol and Participating in a Coup Attempt Will” and “#PastorParler Danielle Ethridge Since Your Husband May Spend Years in Prison for Alleged Terrorism/Sedition Activity in Washington, D.C. Some Suggestions For Your Planned Baby Registry.” This post looks at Tyler Ethridge’s views on COVID-19 and the pandemic. There are a number of aspects to the pandemic that need to be analyzed. After this there is much to look at in separate posts including his views on the prosperity gospel, Christian nationalism, which pastors and like minded individuals have influenced or “brainwashed” him. Before his involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack he communicated his thoughts and posted a number of items on Facebook that are concerning. That will come in a post in the near future as well. But lets start this post by looking at Tyler’s views on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Opposition to COVID-19 Testing
As I studied Tyler Ethridge’s social media I noticed that he was opposed to COVID-19 testing. He thought that testing for the virus was only making the pandemic worse. For me this is delusional thinking. How can you respond medically to a problem or treat anything without testing? After all you do testing to find cancer. You can go through testing for a sexually transmitted disease. There are bone density testing that helps catch osteoporosis as well. This is how modern medicine functions and works. As a believer in science I am grateful for what medicine can catch and work with today. But when you look at Tyler’s Facebook postings below you will see his opposition to COVID-19 testing. Take a look below.
Resistance to COVID-19 Restrictions During a Pandemic
In the Facebook posts below you can see Tyler Ethridge’s opposition to the restrictions placed on COVID-19. Now keep in mind as you read his comments below that this is coming from a Christian nationalist living in Texas who also in the process of moving to Florida. Both states have been lax to the pandemic and resisted masking guidelines and shut downs. Florida and Texas have not responded to the pandemic as Illinois, Virginia, California or New York have done. So to see these comments in light of the basic facts shows a person detached from reality in my view. Also notice the aggrieved and personal sense of victimhood he exhibits when he suggests a lawsuit for being “discriminated against” because he does not wont to wear a face mask. This blog for the last six years has written about a lot of people and subjects. But Tyler Ethridge just might just be the single biggest snowflake I have encountered. I can almost imagine him throwing a temper tantrum and screaming and pounding the ground just like a child in pre-school would do. This ladies and gentlemen is another reason why evangelicalism is warped as well. Tyler has a sense of entitlement. And I am tempted to do a post about this especially in the light of the last Facebook post. But COVID-19 restrictions are not communism. This guy doesn’t have a clue as to what communism is actually. Is the government seizing the business permanently and closing it down or seizing it for the benefit of the state? Is the government breaking up churches and forcing them to close permanently? If that’s the case then then I would think movie theaters, performing arts venues, Broadway theaters, and sporting events could have a stronger claim to that belief, given how the pandemic has effected them. Tyler doesn’t know what communism is. Does he know how the Eastern Block operated? Is he family with how the East German Police had a shot to kill order at the Berlin Wall? Does he even know what the Berlin Wall is? Does he know how the Warsaw Pact operated? How how the secret police in Romania operated? Can he tell me the differences in communism as believed by Lenin vs. Chairman Mao? I’d hate to ask Tyler all this. His tiny little snowflake head just might explode when confronted with the facts.
Opposition to Vaccines and Science
Look at the two Facebook posts below for Tyler Ethridge as well. He’s opposed to vaccines and is a possible anti-vaxxer. It makes me want to ask the question if his daughter is going to be vaccinated for chicken pox, measles and other infectious disease. Unless his physician has a medical reason to not vaccinate. But if he is going to reject vaccination for his daughter then this blog would suggest that Tyler is engaging in child abuse against his daughter and that he is not capable of being a father. Of course keep in mind that he will most likely be spending a good chunk of time in prison for his alleged role in a riot.
But look at the second Facebook post as well. He seems to think that the virus is just a means to control people. That the government is just out to control people. What type of sick bastard subscribes to these beliefs? Let’s be clear the lockdowns were to mitigate the COVID-19 virus until a vaccine, treatment or better way to manage it existed. Yes they are mentally hard on people. I am speaking from first hand experience in Virginia. But its a temporary sacrifice. Is this going to long term? No. When the public is vaccinated then the virus can be contained. Its the same principle that allows us to control and manage measles and other infectious disease. When a herd mentality is achieved the virus will go away and the ICU’s will be less full of patients. Then people like myself can resume going to the gym, sporting events or hanging out at the bar again. But we are in a once in a lifetime pandemic and if all goes well this is the only time I will live through such an event. Unlike Tyler I am grateful for science and see the wonders that modern medicine has created. Its medicine that will get us out of the pandemic and save lives. Its not complicated at all.
Is This Facebook Post an Indicator of the Violence He Would Allegedly Engage in at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.?
There is one aspect that I found particularly disturbing on Tyler’s Facebook page. Take a good look at what he posted on December 21, 2020. He posted a tweet from Young Americans for Liberty that openly advocated for storming the Congress. This was about two weeks before Tyler and others allegedly rioted and rushed the Capitol leading to the deaths of five people. Was violence a fantasy of Tyler? Did he post what he wanted to do a couple of weeks before actually taking the action? This seems to be a motive for his behavior. Its kind of like the person in a murder who expressing his anger or frustration for someone who then acts later on. I am not a psychologist but for me this spoke volumes about why he world undertake and do and the violence that he encouraged.
Closing Thoughts for This Post
Again as I work through the thoughts and thinking of Tyler Ethridge I keep coming back to this one simple truth. This is a sick puppy, who is lost. Brainwashed into a cult, who is not thinking for himself. He has caused himself and his family an incredible amount of harm. That will result in more problems later on, especially when the FBI comes knocking as they analyze the social media and see his postings which will indicate that he engaged in federal trespassing.