Rick Wiles is a Christian broadcaster with the Trunews online radio network. He's also a huge scumbag that likes to scaremonger and contribute the culture of fear in religion. He was recently recorded saying, and I quote: "Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion." He went on to say: "If Ebola becomes a global plague, you better make sure the blood of Jesus is upon you, you better make sure you have been marked by the angels so that you are protected by God. If not, you may be a candidate to meet the Grim Reaper.". Essentially with those two quotes he is saying Ebola is part of God's divine judgement and that an infectious disease is a gift from God to smite the sinners so that the meek will inherit the Earth.
I was first turned on to this story and this glorious scumbag in a Huffington Post article and then was inspired to put Rick Wiles into The Scum Bag by this Amazing Atheist video where he makes several excellent points. The key one being that infectious diseases are not discriminatory, which was proven in an unbelievable instance of Murphy's Law, when a Spanish missionary priest who became infected with Ebola while on a mission to Africa unfortunately passed away from the disease.
There are several other flaws in Wiles' "logic" as well, first and foremost, why would a disease that is typically found in Sub-Saharan Africa contribute anything to judgement of sinners? Your standard Ebola sufferer is the average African that has already had the fear of God put into him by missionaries for the past hundred years or so, one of the hardest hit places in Western Africa was Liberia, a country that, according to Wikipedia, is more than 85% Christian. So, if Ebola was indeed a gift from God, why would he put ground zero in a heavily Christian area? Is it a test sample before he throws some Ebola at less Christian countries? Because that seems awfully scientific for a celestial being.
The second thing to consider in the Ebola story is that two patients suffering from the disease were brought to the United States from Africa, which no doubt triggered Wiles' comments, but they were brought to the US because the CDC supposedly have a cure for the disease, not so that Ebola could spread through the sinners, picking them off one by one. Wiles' is very exploitative of the whole Ebola situation and seems the type to have lauded HIV in the 80's and 90's and for that reason he belongs in The Scum Bag.