How Greg Locke Divided a Family and Allegedly Murdered Coburn Kennedy Through Disinformation About COVID-19
This is the story of Coburn Kennedy. Coburn Kennedy got involved in Global Vision Bible Church in Mt Juliet, Tennessee and was influenced by Greg Locke. Greg Locke is a fundamentalist pastor known for being in denial about COVID. Locke allegedly threatened to assault a Dunkin Donut employee when asked to put on a face mask the next time he came into the store. Locke taught disinformation regularly including that taking the vaccine is to be injected with fetal tissue which is a lie. Coburn Kennedy turned down vaccination and then contracted COVID-19 and later died. This is the story of the alleged murder of Coburn Kennedy by Greg Locke through disinformation.
“Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy and anxiety is not hope, it’s not change, it’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship. We don’t need demagoguery, we need solutions.“
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
On Memorial Day weekend I saw something that made me sick to my stomach. Its yet another story about evangelicals and the COVID-19 pandemic. Except in this case the person who died could still be alive had they not followed Greg Locke. This is a post about how Greg Locke allegedly murdered a member of his congregation through disinformation. But before we start let’s look at Greg Lock first.
Who is Greg Locke?
Greg Locke was born on May 18, 1976 in Donelson, Tennessee. He became an evangelical in 1992. He was arrested six times and on probation five times. His father was in the Tennessee prison system. for ten years. Greg earned a Masters Degree in Revival History from the Baptist School of New England. In addition he has a graduate degree from Ambassador Bible College. In 2005 he founded Global Vision Baptist Church, and eventually that church changed its name of Global Vision Bible Church. He is also known for having an affair with his secretary. He divorced his wife to marry his secretary and also claimed that his wife was mentally ill as well. He achieved notoriety when he attacked Target’s decision to have gender neutral bathrooms. He is known for his Christian nationalism and Trump regularly had him to the White House. He is known for being a bully, jackass and for screaming at people. Global Vision Bible Church has no elders, no congregational oversight and allegedly no financial transparency. In some of his sermons he screams his support and approval of Donald Trump. Just today he claims that Tom Hanks, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are running pedophile rungs and that they have constructed tunnels under the capitol to smuggle in children for sexual purposes.
Greg Locke and COVID-19 Pandemic
Greg Locke became on the of the most well known COVID denying pastors in the United States. He has claimed that there is no such thing as COVID-19 and that there is no pandemic. Locke has said that face masks are diapers and has threatened violence in the past over face masks. In August of 2020 he went into a Dunkin Donuts to get some coffee. When leaving the staff asked him to wear a face mask the next time he came in. Locke kicked the door almost breaking the glass and physically threatened to assault the Dunkin Donuts employee. In a video Greg Locke called the employee a “Nazi Skippy.” This is what Locke allegedly said, ‘I said, “If you call me a liar one more time I am going to take those work boots and use them to kick your teeth down your throat.” Locke compared the wearing of face masks to totalitarianism in North Korea or communist China. Due to his threat of violence the Dunkin Donut corporation which is based out of Canton, Massachusetts put out a statement in support of their employees being threatened with violence from customers. Dunkin Donuts required all customers to wear face masks in their stores. This is what Dunkin Donuts said, “From the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our priority has been on the safety of our guests, franchises and restaurant crew. To help bring consistency across Dunkin Donuts locations across the county, we will now all guests wear a face covering while inside our restaurants beginning Wednesday, August 5.”
Over the pandemic Locke has frequently put out misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. For example he has said that the vaccine is not approved by the FDA and encourages people in his congregation to sue their employers if they are required to take it. That is not true as the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson have been approved by the FDA for emergency usage in the United States. He has also claimed that “political elites” fake vaccination and take sugar water instead. Locke also operated his church in violation of COVID-19 health guidelines boasting that he would rather go to jail. In his Easter sermon he boasted that it would take the strength of the entire United States military to shut down his church. He has screamed at people in his congregation who show up wearing face masks or who put them on.
How Greg Locke Divided a Family and Allegedly Murdered Coburn Kennedy Through Disinformation
In Tennessee one of the families that got involved in Greg Locke’s church was the Kennedy family. Chip Davis and Billy had their uncle Coburn Kennedy who became involved in Greg’s church. Chip raised concerns about Greg Locke’s ministry and also Global Vision Bible Church. Locke divided this family and created tension within. Greg Locke has falsely said over and over that there is fetal tissue from abortion in the vaccines. And under Greg Locke’s influence Coburn Kennedy refused to get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine because he believed he was being injected with fetal tissue from abortion. The decision to not get vaccinated angered one side of the family. Coburn made the decision not to get vaccinated in February of 2021 when he had access to a vaccine. Two months later he contracted COVID-19 and his health plunged. In a medical crisis he refused to go to the hospital for two days and finally relented. However, valuable medical time that could have treated Coburn was lost and he died in the hospital of COVID-19 on April 13, 2021. You can read his obituary here. When the memorial service was held at Global Vision Bible Church on April 23, 2021 one side of the family refused to go because the memorial service violated social distancing and health guidelines. And also there was concern and anger for Greg Locke’s behavior. Coburn Kennedy did not have to die, in reality he could be alive today if medical science and health guidelines were listened to instead of a malignant narcissistic preacher.
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Source: David Bonner, Wandering Eagle Eagle
How a pastor’s spread of Covid misinformation divided one Tennessee family
Mt. Juliet, TN (CNN)Pastor Greg Locke has grown his congregation over the last year by preaching that Covid-19 is a “fake pandemic” and the vaccine is a scam.
Many people who were eager to get around pandemic restrictions drove from out of state to attend services at Locke’s Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
His following has grown since December when CNN interviewed him. He preaches under a circus tent twice the size of his old one. He’s got big, professional lighting rigs and a restroom trailer. He said he’s now even more opposed to the vaccine.
“I ain’t getting it. I ain’t promoting it,” he said during his Sunday service on May 23, which CNN attended. “And I discourage everybody under this tent to get it.”
But Locke’s preaching on Covid-19, and the vaccines designed to combat it, had already caused a rift in one family when a member died from the virus.
Coburn Kennedy, an attendee of Locke’s church, died from Covid-19 on April 13, his son, William, confirmed to CNN.
Since then, his family has mourned his death — but are divided on Locke’s views on the virus.
“I lost my relationship with my uncle over the church,” Chip Davis, Coburn Kennedy’s nephew, told CNN. “There can be no justice for my uncle. He’s gone. I think if Greg would find a modicum of humility, and just say ‘I was wrong.’ … Change is possible.”
In phone calls and interviews and family visits that spanned two weeks and included two bluegrass performances, a story unfolded of the Kennedy-Davis clan, and the way a mix of music and faith brought it from the coal mines of West Virginia to Nashville’s country music scene.
Davis and his brother Billy, who are singer-songwriters outside of Nashville, said they didn’t attend their uncle’s funeral.
“Because that would have meant being in the presence of Greg Locke, and a lot of people that I don’t think are thinking right right now,” Billy Davis said.
Chip Davis didn’t go either. He said Locke’s spreading of misinformation could be harmful.
“If you don’t want to take a vaccination that’s entirely up to you,” he said. “But to spread misinformation about it is dead wrong, in my, in my opinion. And it could potentially lead to more loss of life.”
Locke agreed to an in-person interview with CNN on May 24, but canceled 20 minutes before it was to start. He did not respond to CNN’s email with questions, including ones about Kennedy’s death.
However, in a statement on Facebook, Locke said when he pulled up to the interview he was supposed to have with CNN, he felt nauseous, and then God told him to cancel it.
A few hours later, he did a Facebook livestream, in which he called CNN’s crew of three women “diabolical jezebel spirits.”
“They’re trying to say we’re killing people,” he said. “They’re trying to say that we’ve had a Covid outbreak. … If you’re going to run me out of church with a whip, you better be a full-grown man, ladies and gentlemen, a full-grown man is what I’m telling you. And I’m sick of their nonsense.”
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