This is a kind of confirmation bias. To interpret events in a way that confirms the ideas you already hold no matte what the actual facts are. Just add in a little willful ignorance and there you go.
When reading a news article or any essay on the topic of religion, the term 'orthodox' should be seen by all as a rather unique and troubling qualifier. No matter the religion, orthodoxy is all-too-close to chauvinism, autocracy and fascism. In nearly every context, the more orthodox a religious person is, the more others have to fear.
It just may be that we have a lot more narrow minded people than we care to admit to! If we can’t convince them to show regard...we have no need to make friends, either! Apparently people can ‘live’ in their ignorance without any help on my part and I will live in peace.
It's a common enough claim among conservative religious believer apparently of all faiths. The problem for them is that gays will not be the only people to contract the virus and those who are less diligent - like not believing they need to wash their hand like others - will be particularly vulnerable to contracting the disease. I suppose it will make believer angry at gay peple if these zealots lose loved ones to the virus if they truly believe this is the cause. It's mental abuse to try to have anyone believe this kind of nonsense.