Although religious affiliations have been on the decline in recent years, some on the left have seemingly directed similar devotion to the worship of government intervention.
Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson took that perception one step further on Monday by pointing to s subset of statists he dubbed the “cult of coronavirus.”
“Its own sacred texts”
According to Mediaite, He argued that the religious-like belief system requiring adherents to place all their faith in science and scientists is rapidly replacing Christianity as the West’s primary faith.
Carlson opened his program on Monday with his commentary detailing the decline of Christianity in the U.S.
“America has not lost its religion,” he opined. “It’s just replaced its religion. What’s dying is the faith that created Western civilization — Christianity.”
It has been replaced, he argued, with “a new creed” with “its own sacred texts.”
Carlson went on to describe Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul as the “high priestess of this new faith” based on a veritable sermon she delivered on Sunday touting the importance of vaccinations.
“Full intravenous communion”
His monologue included a number of religious puns and a compilation clip showing “Bishop Hochul” urging her “apostles” to evangelize and accept the “full intravenous communion” of COVID-19 shots.
After accusing the New York governor of serving as the “vaccine messiah preaching the undying word of St. Anthony Fauci,” he singled out President Joe Biden as the “chief apostle.”
Asked by a reporter how many Americans would need to be fully vaccinated before the nation returned to normalcy, Biden signaled that it would take up to a 98% inoculation rate.
He went on to issue an attack on the unfaithful, insisting that “a quarter of the country can’t go unvaccinated and us not continue to have a problem.”
Carlson’s take can be seen as funny, sad, and frightening all at once — and it remains to be seen how far adherents of what he deemed a vaccination cult will go to spread their brand of gospel to the unbelievers. He differentiated the current effort from prior breakthroughs, including Jonas Salk’s development of the polio vaccine, adding that it “never occurred to him to start a cult.”