Officially, measles has been eradicated in the Western Hemisphere. But even so, 25 people in Texas have caught the virus. And most of them go to a church associated with a preacher who has been critical of vaccines.
A visitor to the Eagle Mountain International Church who had recently been traveling brought measles back with him. Eagle Mountain is part of Kenneth Copeland Ministries—Copeland is a televangelist who has disparaged vaccines on his show (the segment starts around 20:10), saying things like, “You’re not putting Hepatitis B in an infant. That’s crazy, man. That is a shot for sexually transmitted disease… You don’t take the word of the guy that’s trying to give the shot about what’s good and what isn’t.“
Yesterday, we noted that a top Southern Baptist Convention official blasted David Barton and Kenneth Copeland for their “profoundly ignorant” comments on soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Barton and Copeland advised soldiers not to look for psychosocial help, and instead can simply “get rid of” PTSD by reading the Bible because they are God’s warriors. Joe Carter, the communications director for the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, elaborated in a blog post for The Gospel Coalition.
He calls the two right-wing speakers “fools” who are “among the last people who could be relied on to intelligently interpret a text,” adding: “Their mishandling of Scripture is inexcusable, but what makes it unconscionable is they use God’s Word to shame and berate veterans with PTSD.”
“Barton is still, inexplicably, trusted by many conservative evangelicals, he has himself built his reputation on twisting and misrepresenting historical documents for ideological and propagandist purposes,” Carter writes. “For Copeland and Barton to resurrect this ‘blame the victim’ trope and coat it with the veneer of Biblical warrant is Satanic.”
God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t He? Far more mysterious ways than the measles virus does, at least — we know a hell of a lot about the virus, like how to inoculate people against it. But God, He’s mysterious, and one of His earthly servants, Kenneth Copeland, is not a fan of vaccines, instead urging his flock to “teach our children to eat right” as part of “God’s health and wellness plan.” (And yes, in that video, Copeland promotes the completely discredited notion that vaccines cause autism.)
Dear Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, and every money preacher
it seems that you are always short on money even though some of you earned $100 million last year. It must be tough on your back walking around with big pockets.
I hear your pain. My daughter has Epilepsy, Autism, and dyspraxia. Just the other day I had to find $400 for her orthotics. Also we pay $150 a week for her speech therapy. Don’t worry coz Medicare covers half. Also we regular have to travel down to the children’s hospital for appointments so I can understand having to come up with extra cash for unexpected expenses. If that wasn’t enough, I had surgery for Testicular Cancer 15 months ago. I still get regular pain and find it hard to sit down sometimes even though the doctors say that the can’t find anything.
Wait a minute, listen to me raving on about myself. How selfish of me. It’s nothing compared to the trouble you guys are going through. Stuff like having to find funds to purchase a Citizen X jet, paying $10 million for your 50 story mansion, and other unexpected expenses like staff and lawn maintenance and figuring out which Caribbean island to spend your vacation.
You keep asking for people to send ‘faith seeds’ so you can send them “real anointing oil” from the holy land in a little vile for $5 when you can by a whole bottle of extra-virgin for $10 from Coles.
It’s time for you all to put your money where your mouth is. I have an answer to your financial need so you can make another $100 million dollars in this financial year.
You seem to talk a lot about the parable of the sower where you sow something and you’ll get 10 or 100 fold back so here’s what I want you to do…. Please send me $1000 and you can have the $100,000 God will send you in return.