As the old maxim goes, you can judge a person's character by the people they choose to surround themselves with. If that's true, we should all be very afraid. One of President Donald Trump's spiritual advisers, Gloria Copeland, who founded the Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas, posted a reckless and dangerous message about the flu season.
According to Copeland there is no need to get a flu shot, because Jesus has GOT THIS.
Copeland said in her message:
Well, listen, partners, we don’t have a flu season. And don’t receive it when somebody threatens you with, ‘Everybody’s getting the flu.’ We’ve already had our shot: He [Jesus] bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on.
No word on where Jesus was while 53 children were dying from flu-related illnesses. You can watch the full clip below.
We hope Copeland, who is 76, and Trump, 70, have plenty of Jesus on hand. The flu is particularly brutal to seniors.
Twitter responded in kind:
Check and see what the White House Doctors say about the flu shots. Americans need protection from evangelicals, also these so called evangelicals getting involved in politics need their organizations taxed like corporations— Roger Childers (@jrchilders1) February 6, 2018
I believe that God gave us brains and we should use them. The ability to learn science and develop vaccines is a gift that we shouldn't waste.— Sonya007 (@Sonya007) February 6, 2018
On another note, where is Copeland's red line? What if she got cancer or had a heart attack? Is treatment unnecessary?
Hmmm... this Twitter user may be onto something here:
We should publicize this to @realDonaldTrump @POTUS #Deplorables in every way they can. Don’t get flu shots - your lord commander says they are not needed, Jesus will take care of you in your time of need. Also, don’t go to hospitals if you don’t feel well. Just stay home.— Gaslighting America (@dumptrump68) February 6, 2018
And the ignorance continues as the flu wreaks havoc across the country. What a dysfunctional god this minister believes in but, more importantly, what harm is done from this position of influence.— Sandra (@sandrafornow) February 6, 2018
Lord, have mercy. The insanity thaat comes out of trump followers' mouths in the name of God!— Barb Bengela (@BarbBengela) February 6, 2018
And then there was this heartbreaking post:
My son died 2 weeks ago from flu b & sepsis. Please help me to help others. Read about Dylan. If you are ill & no better ‘just ask could it be sepsis’.— Sarah Day (@SarahDa15849051) February 4, 2018
How can my boy die in an horrific way. Please share SEPSIS Kills. #dylansarmy. My brave boy. Love Dylan’s Mum xxx pic.twitter.com/rzZ5axKr1k
People are getting more and more frustrated with this sort of nonsense:
Maybe that's why GOP doesn't support healthcare system: Jesus can replace the doctors.— Jeanine Barone (@JCreatureTravel) February 6, 2018
These people are literally nuts! Honest to God. 🤦♀️— Joanne Candice (@can_armstrong) February 6, 2018
This isn't the first time the Copeland family and their Texas Megachurch has dealt with a viral outbreak. In 2013, a man infected with the measles visited the family's Eagle Mountain International Church, and soon 21 people, mostly who had not received vaccines, had come down with the measles.
It did not go unnoticed that these practices are dangerous whether it's the flu or the measles.