Mississippi Gov: “When You Believe In Eternal Life You Don’t Have To Be So Scared Of Things” Like COVID-19

The Daily Memphian reports:

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves believes religion has a lot to do with the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a Thursday, Aug. 26, fundraiser at the Eads home of Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Brent Taylor, Reeves spoke to several dozen Republicans.

“I’m often asked by some of my friends on the other side of the aisle about COVID … and why does it seem like folks in Mississippi and maybe in the Mid-South are a little less scared, shall we say,” Reeves said.

“When you believe in eternal life — when you believe that living on this earth is but a blip on the screen, then you don’t have to be so scared of things,” he said.

The Mississippi Free Press reports:

The only state where the pandemic has proven deadlier than the Magnolia State is New Jersey. Mississippi displaced New York on Friday—a day after Gov. Tate Reeves told a Tennessee audience that southerners are “a little less scared” of COVID-19 due to their religious faith.

New York had led the nation in COVID-19 deaths per capita until New Jersey overtook it for the top spot in June 2020; the Empire State remained second until yesterday, when Mississippi bumped it down to third.

Mississippi has officially confirmed 8,279 deaths since the pandemic began, equaling about 278 deaths for every 100,000 residents. New York has confirmed almost 54,000 deaths since the pandemic began, with a per capita COVID death rate of 276; New Jersey’s per capita COVID death rate is 302.