Marcus Lamb, co-founder and president of the Christian TV network Daystar, which opposes COVID-19 vaccinations and advocates controversial theories about the pandemic, died Tuesday of complications from coronavirus infection, the American broadcaster reported on social media. He was 64 years old.
“It is heartbreaking to announce that Marcus Lamb, president and founder of Daystar Television Network, has departed to the Lord’s house this morning,” wrote a statement published on social media on the American Daystar network. Lamb’s wife Joni reported that the 64-year-old was diagnosed with coronavirus infection, which “developed covid pneumonia.” The woman noted that her husband had diabetes but “was in control”.
Marcus’s son Jonathan on November 23 of this year referred to his father’s illness as “a spiritual attack by the enemy.” As he said, in view of his parents’ theories about COVID-19, “there is no doubt that the enemy is not happy with it and is doing whatever it takes to destroy my father.”
The Daystar network was founded in 1998. Its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. The company has about 100 TV channels all over the world. Under the leadership of Lamb, the Guardian wrote, she spread unsubstantiated theories about vaccines against COVID-19, influenza and HPV. The lambs also promoted controversial COVID-19 treatments not approved by medical regulators.
The Washington Post wrote that white Evangelicals have reported greater resistance to COVID-19 vaccination than other religious groups in the United States. According to experts, this is due to their skepticism towards the authorities and the use of alternative media spreading conspiracy theories about the dangers of vaccination.
“The Guardian”, “Washington Post”
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