Update: I should have been more clear: Sean Feucht claims 12,000 people “SHOWED UP” to the event, but Capitol Hill Police put the number at about 3,000. Still too many, obviously. The CHP said the permit was for 1,000 people.
On Sunday, worship leader and MAGA cultist Sean Feucht held another massive, to-hell-with-social-distancing, mask-optional concert for what he said was an estimated 12,000 people outside the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
It was his latest attempt at creating a public health hazard in the name of Jesus.
12,000 strong SHOWED UP to let their voice be heard!
We will not be silenced in California!!!
A new season of courage, boldness & REVIVAL is sweeping across our state!
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) September 7, 2020
While the gathering was legal since it was basically an outdoor church service, the lack of preventative measures created a high-risk situation for everyone who attended.
Infectious Disease expert, Dr. Dean Blumberg, says it’s possible that there were many people at the gathering who were potentially infectious, who were either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, and could transmit COVID-19 to others.
“That’s really a recipe for transmission and can lead to further outbreaks not only among the people who are in attendance but their contacts, too,” Dr. Blumberg said.
That’s the problem with this church service: It’s not just putting thousands of gullible Christians in danger because they’re too selfish to watch a livestream from home. It’s also putting everyone they come into contact with in danger.
Christianity has become a vector for the virus.
As I’ve said before attending this kind of concert is like having unprotected sex: Doing it once could still leave you with consequences for a lifetime. God is not sufficient immunity from the disease, as about 190,000 dead Americans could tell you.
Feucht has the platform and power to perform responsibly, but he refuses to do it. He’d rather people take the risk of harming themselves to see him in person than tell them to just stay home and watch over YouTube. Or at least postpone the concert until we have a working vaccine.
Refusing to accepting reality is a prerequisite for attending one of Feucht’s concerts, given that he’s been doing this in other cities as well. He’s affiliated with Bethel Music — a worship ministry affiliated with California’s Bethel Church in Redding — which made headlines last year for praying for the resurrection of a dead toddler. The school affiliated with the church is like a Christian Hogwarts. They believe in a lot of supernatural bullshit.
Feucht is also the guy who recently held a concert at the scene of George Floyd‘s murder, turning a place where people were gathering to honor the man’s life into a captive audience for his Christian preaching.
This isn’t really about God. This is about a performer who wants everyone to worship him. And he’ll be long gone before the COVID symptoms start affecting the people attending these concerts.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)