Opinion: Fish bowl cleaner killed one man, and exposed millions more

by Peter Heck · Mar 26th, 2020 1:33 pm

I didn't believe it was real when I first saw it. I didn't believe, even in our hyper-partisan era that supposedly respected, pseudo journalists, attempting in at least some small way to maintain a persona of objectivity and credibility, would be so engulfed in their own Trump-loathing that they would blame him for what just happened in Arizona.

For those who may be unaware, an Arizona man died and his wife is in critical condition after ingesting fish bowl cleaner in an attempt to prevent coronavirus. They did so because one of the ingredients in the cleaner was chloroquine phosphate. Chloroquine is also, when prescribed in a different form and at a different dose by a medical professional, an anti-malarial drug that has reportedly proven successful in treating some novel coronavirus cases in Europe.

Both President Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have expressed optimism that the drug can be used effectively here in the United States as well, though neither have recommended self-medicating or, for heaven's sake, imbibing toxic fish bowl cleaner.

Nevertheless, in what has to be the most desperate and despicable effort to politicize this pandemic to date, a bevy of left-wing activists took to social media to pronounce President Trump guilty of the Arizona man's blood. Sadly, no, that isn't hyperbole on my part:

I feel terribly for this poor woman and her family. Un-tempered anxiety and panic can cause human beings to suspend level-headed rationality and turn tragic as it has here. Clearly, even in the midst of her grief, this woman understands the necessity of consulting medical professionals before consuming chemicals or drugs of any sort, particularly those labeled "Not for human consumption" along with phone numbers to the poison control center. Why this good sense evaded both her and her husband in the midst of their panic is the real tragedy here.

To nefariously attempt to cast blame for it on your political opposition smacks of two contemptible traits.

One, this is the epitome of intellectual dishonesty. President Trump did not urge anyone to self-medicate or to seek out household items that have similar (or even identical) active ingredients as a professionally prescribed treatment. Commentator Buck Sexton said it bluntly, but fairly:

Of course that's true, and every single one of the left-wing activists attempting to fashion this tragedy into a noose to tie around the neck of President Trump know it. Which is why the second, and more concerning characteristic this episode reveals in its purveyors is a moral repugnancy.

This is precisely what happens when man abandons God as the center of his existence. Power is the idol that replaces Him; and its pursuit – at any cost – becomes justifiable and excusable. That isn't a good, healthy, or sustainable place to be for any civil society; yet a sober self-analysis of American culture reveals that is precisely where we stand.

Take this current Arizona incident as an example. Those of us who are hoping chloroquine works so President Trump can be vindicated, praised, and re-elected, our priorities are misplaced. And the same is true for those of us who are hoping chloroquine doesn't work so President Trump can be attacked, mocked, and defeated.

If we belong to either of those two camps, we are guilty of this dangerous political idolatry that is plaguing our land far worse than any virus. We should be earnestly praying for God's healing of COVID-19, for the sake of the sick, the scared, and in the hopes that God will be glorified.

But if anything, all that is unfolding around us should convince us that we should be praying for the supernatural healing of our nation's rebellious hearts as well.

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