Coronavirus isn’t any joke — and tragically some people are discovering that out the onerous means.
Stephen Harmon (not pictured), a member of Hillsong church identified for his viral anti-vaccine tweets, died of COVID-19 on Wednesday after a month-long combat with the virus and pneumonia. He was simply 34 years previous.
It’s essential to notice that whereas he was additionally battling pneumonia, COVID notoriously acts like a match for different diseases, making them even worse. Loads of individuals have died simply with COVID, and loads of individuals have died with COVID and different diseases current, however in the end, COVID is the trigger.
The megachurch’s pastor, Brian Houston (above), confirmed Harmon’s dying and its trigger on Twitter, after getting phrase from his son Ben Houston, writing:
“Ben has simply handed on to us the devastating information that our beloved good friend, Stephen Harmon has handed away from Covid. Heartbreaking.”
The Los Angeles native was a Hillsong School graduate who spent weeks posting — and joking — in regards to the coronavirus vaccine, even up till his final breath. He famously tweeted on June 3, lower than two months earlier than his dying:
“When you’re having e-mail issues, I really feel unhealthy for you, son. I obtained 99 issues however a vax ain’t one.”
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It’s unclear if Stephen’s views derived from his church group’s beliefs, however they definitely don’t run counter to them. Hillsong’s YouTube channel at the moment features a video discussing the professionals and cons of the vaccine, mainly telling followers it’s as much as them.
We do know the principle congregation in Australia is firmly towards locking down spiritual actions even one other quarantine is required — so just like the megachurches right here within the US, we guess they’re fantastic risking their flock’s lives??
Stephen’s views on the vaccine had been extremely clear. Whereas he didn’t wish to be known as an anti-vaxxer — he described himself as “professional info” — he was clearly towards the push for individuals to get vaccinated. Whilst his situation worsened quickly within the hospital, his controversial opinions on the worldwide pandemic had been unwavering. Utilizing Twitter and Instagram to attach with a mixed following of 7K individuals, the author shared in early July:
“Biden’s door to door vaccine ‘surveyors’ actually must be known as JaCovid Witnesses. #keepmovingdork.”
He additionally focused Dr. Anthony Fauci by importing a meme (beneath) together with the caption:
“When you possibly can’t belief the Bible trigger it was written by man, however you belief the CDC/Fauci pointers trigger they had been written by man. Makes complete sense”
When you possibly can’t belief the Bible trigger it was written by man, however you belief the CDC/Fauci pointers trigger they had been written by man. Makes complete sense. pic.twitter.com/JqUeZGpr5w
— Stephen Harmon (@stephenharmon) May 26, 2021
What doesn’t make sense is believing science and religion can’t co-exist! We imply, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses is a Catholic — and he’s fantastic trusting God and vaccines on the identical time! It’s not like Christians have some rule towards bandaging wounds or one thing.
In June, Harmon continued his ranting by mocking vaccinated people, saying:
“Since everyone seems to be a social assemble today & people out right here figuring out as completely different races than they’re born as (Rachel Dolezal now Nkechi Amare Diallo) I’ve determined that I, now, establish as a 6-Three D1 collegiate athlete. And, when you favor, I’ll establish as vaccinated, too.”
Ugh. It’s so irritating to see somebody act so informal a few very actual and really life-threatening sickness killing 1000’s around the globe… particularly to know the very factor they had been mocking would quickly take their life.
It’s unclear when Stephen contracted COVID, but it surely’s chilling to see that even up till his remaining moments, he was firmly towards taking fundamental precautionary measures towards the virus.
Days earlier than his dying, he up to date family members, revealing he’d been positioned “on max oxygen” and was “struggling to operate.” He requested for prayers as he decided whether or not or to not go on a ventilator, explaining:
“Please pray y’all, they actually wish to intubate me and put me on a ventilator. even the slightest actions and my coronary heart fee skyrockets and oxygen dependency will increase. and please, I’m not asking for anybody’s opinion on intubation, I’ll make my very own alternative, I’m asking for prayer.”
He later added:
“When you don’t have religion that God can heal me over your silly ventilator then hold the Hell out of my ICU room, there’s no room in right here for worry or lack of religion!’ #ThingsIAmAboutToScream.”
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In the end, he determined to hunt help from the ventilator, however the determination got here too late. In his final tweet, he expressed:
“I’m selecting to going underneath intubation, I’ve fought this factor as onerous as I can however sadly it’s reached a degree of important alternative & as a lot as I hate having to do that I’d somewhat it’s willingness than compelled emergency process. Don’t know after I’ll get up, please pray.”
We’re considering of Harmon’s household and associates in mild of this devastating loss. Largely we hope this serves as motivation for these nonetheless undecided to get vaccinated, no matter your spiritual beliefs. Not as a result of it’s about “profitable” or political sides or being anti-religion — we simply need everybody to be secure.
[Image via Stephen Harmon/Instagram.]