One of the Hanson brothers has claimed COVID-19 is part of a government conspiracy to cancel Christmas and other faith-based holidays.
Isaac Hanson, one of the three brothers behind the 1997 hit song 'MMMbop', shared a rant on his Instagram story in which he said he wouldn't comply with government restrictions meant to limit the spread of coronavirus.
"At some point very soon Christians and Church's [sic] (and for that matter anyone of any faith) is going to have to decide, is [sic] your faith is more important than your fear," he wrote earlier this week, in screenshots obtained by Queerty.
Hanson implied that government bodies were using the virus to do away with holidays, claiming Easter had been "cancelled" and Thanksgiving and Christmas were next.
"We are quickly approaching Christmas and it too will be canceled (by our governments), just like Easter was and Thanksgiving is being suggested to be.
"I for one will not comply," he wrote.
"I fear God more that [sic] I fear death and far more than I fear my government!!! (Prob. [sic] 9:10)"
Hanson's post has disappointed many of his fans, with the comments sections of his recent Instagram posts filled with outrage and disdain for his views.
"So disappointed. 230,000 American lives lost. Faith and church isn’t about the building or gathering, it’s about love for our fellow humans, neighbors, and friends and doing what’s best for others. Staying home and wearing a mask has nothing to do with fear," one Instagram user commented.
"This lifelong Hanson fan is done."
Another person wrote: "No one. Absolutely no one is trying to cancel Christmas. Stop."
"The government isn’t cancelling faith," offered a third.
"We can gather virtually. God is everywhere. He is not only within church walls. He is with his people, even if we are alone."