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Trump Religious Adviser Encourages People To Pray Instead Of Getting A Flu Shot

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When it comes to the health of your children and other loved ones, what would you choose? A Trump adviser says that prayer, not flu shots, is the way to go. They’re wrong, and their influence could end up killing dozens.

The flu virus this year has been the worst doctors have seen in decades. Fifty-three children have died so far this season. In Arkansas alone, at least 122 people have died from the virus. And we’ve not yet reached the peak of the outbreak.

But for some, the flu vaccine isn’t necessary. God will simply save you, if He deems your life worth saving.

That’s the view of one prominent “prosperity gospel” leader, Gloria Copeland, who sits on President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board. Copeland even doubts that there’s a flu season at all.

“Well, listen, partners, we don’t have a flu season,” she said in a recent video post. “Jesus himself gave us the flu shot, He redeemed us from the curse of flu.”

For Copeland and her husband, Pastor Kenneth Copeland, this isn’t the first time they’ve said a vaccination isn’t necessary. A spread of measles infected their community back in 2013 when their family’s megachurch advocated against parents allowing their children to get shots to prevent the disease.

The lesson of that outbreak apparently didn’t register. Gloria Copeland is once again saying that followers of Christ need not get a vaccine.

So what should one do? Simply “inoculate yourself with the word of God,” and say to yourself “I’ll never have the flu,” said Copeland.

Except that method won’t work, and countless children die each year because of prayer in lieu of modern medicine. It is irresponsible, and arrogant, for Copeland to presume she has the power to save others by just encouraging them to pray more.

Americans have long valued the right of citizens to freely express their religious beliefs. But when it comes at the expense of the health of kids, that right crosses a very clear line.

People could die because of Copeland’s advice, including the very children who are part of her family’s congregation. Her interpretation of the Bible should be rejected by the Trump administration, and she (as well as her husband) should be removed from the president’s advisory board.


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