Christian author William Koenig has declared that COVID-19 was God’s punishment for fashion stores and sports teams apparently being “so pro-LGBT“.
Koenig is a right-wing Christian author and self-appointed “White House correspondent” for his own website.
On Thursday (29 July), Koenig appeared on Understanding the Times, the radio show of Jan Markell, another anti-LGBT+ Christian.
During the show, Markell and Koenig discussed LGBT+ rights and acceptance in America, or as Markell described it, “the bombardment of one aberration after another”.
She later read a quote from Koenig’s newsletter: “The last letter in the LGBTQ is Q for questioning, which is the mission to confuse kids enough that they question their sexuality so that they can be groomed and be evangelised.”
“It’s so true, Bill, this is a war on children,” she added.
Koenig took the bizarre conversation even further, and declared that COVID-19 was actually God’s “judgement” for pro-LGBT+ fashion companies and sports teams.
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“I really sense that COVID is part of the judgment,” he said.
“We had a national shutdown last summer. We had every major sports league that favoured the LGBT agenda, that even took on states for their bathroom bills.
“When you think about Hollywood was shut down. We thought fashion was shut down. Retail was shut down.
“All these areas that were so pro-LGBT, the COVID shut them down, and I don’t know if they’ll ever recover.”
Koenig added: “Don’t touch the children. This crosses the line. It is tragic to see what they’re doing, and our God is going to respond even greater.
“This is judgment. This is a pattern of judgment. Everything about this fits the pattern of judgment; I’m sorry, there’s no other way to put it.”
William Koenig has become notorious for claiming natural disasters are God’s judgement
According to Right Wing Watch, William Koenig has blamed natural disasters on God’s judgement time and time again.
Although he often claims that disasters like hurricanes are a result of Middle East peace talks and America failing to stand with Israel, this is not the first time Koenig has blamed a world event on the LGBT+ community.
Koenig, who attends the anti-LGBT+ Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia, claimed in 2015 that widespread droughts in California were punishment for same-sex marriage.
He said at the time: “We’ve got a state that, over and over again, will go against the word of God, that will continually take positions on marriage and abortion and on a lot of things that are just completely opposed to the scriptures.
“Unfortunately, a lot of times when it starts in California, it spreads to the rest of the country and even spreads to the rest of the world. So there very likely could be a drought component to this judgment.”