Trump-Allied Televangelist Who Says Only Non-Believers Get PTSD Invited To Speak To Military
A self described “Christian extremist” who believes American warriors are immune to post-traumatic stress disorder will be the featured speaker at a prayer breakfast at the nation’s largest military installation next week.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, a member of President Donald Trump’s Faith Advisory Council, is scheduled to speak at the behemoth Fort Jackson army base in Columbia, S.C. on February 1.
Copeland belongs to a breakaway sect of Christian “Prosperity Gospel“ preachers who preach that Christ helps believers get rich, and that the Christian God and his Messiah disapprove of government programs for the poor.
Copeland was among a group of Christian fundamentalists who gathered at Trump Tower to lay hands on Trump in 2015, praying to know whether the Lord wanted him to run for President. Last year, he issued an online “prophecy” in which he proclaimed, "Our time has come. For we are the Christian extremists.”
But his most controversial remarks may have come in 2013, when he claimed the Bible backed up his notion that PTSD doesn't afflict True Believers. Reading from Numbers 32: 20-22, he said, “So this is a promise—if you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before the Lord for the war … you shall return, you’re coming back, and be guiltless before the Lord and before the nation.
“Any of you suffering from PTSD right now, you listen to me,” Copeland added. “You get rid of that right now. You don’t take drugs to get rid of it. It doesn’t take psychology. That promise right there will get rid of it.”