This right-wing Christian fundamentalist station was pushing anti-vaxxer lies — even after its televangelist died of COVID
After spending months railing against vaccines, far-right televangelist and Christian fundamentalist Marcus Lamb — the co-founder of Daystar Christian TV — died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, November 30. Lamb, who was 64, aggressively promoted the false claim that the drugs ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine could be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. And Daystar, according to the Daily Beast’s Michael Daly, continued to promote Lamb’s false claims even as his funeral was being held in Texas on Monday, December 6.
“Among the shows available for streaming on the Daystar Christian TV network, valued at more than $1 billion and capable of reaching 2 billion viewers, is one from last Mother’s Day in which Lamb actually insisted that his opposition to the vaccine was an effort to save lives,” Daly explains in an article published on December 7. “That, and to thwart the Devil.”
During that Mother’s Day show, Daly notes, Lamb promoted ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as anti-COVID drugs and claimed, “The Devil can take people out before they fulfill destiny and purpose. That’s what he wants to do because he hates God. So, the only way he could get back at God is by trying to attack God’s children.”
It\u2019s with a heavy heart we announce that Marcus Lamb, president and founder of Daystar Television Network, went home to be with the Lord this morning. The family asks that their privacy be respected as they grieve this difficult loss. Please continue to lift them up in prayer.pic.twitter.com/EVujL8zotG— Daystar Television (@Daystar Television) 1638291818
Lamb and his wife Joni Lamb both tested positive for COVID-19 in November. According to Daly, Joni Lamb “seems to have quickly recovered,” whereas Marcus Lamb became “seriously ill” and died.
Lamb, during his Mother’s Day sermon, also told viewers, “You don’t have to live in fear, you can look to the Lord as our source of health. But again, get ivermectin, get hydroxychloroquine... Joni and I have taken it, and we haven’t gotten COVID-19. You can use it to treat COVID-19.”
When Joni Lamb announced that her husband had died, she continued to promote his COVID-19-related claims —saying that he “100% believed in everything that we’ve talked about here on Daystar and helped so many people around the world with early protocol treatments for COVID. We still stand by that, obviously.”
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