Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Trump religious advisers have scorned the flu, the facts and football players

 Who needs a flu vaccine when you have Jesus?
Trump religious advisers have scorned the flu, the facts and football players

That's the message Gloria Copeland, part of President Trump's evangelical advisory panel during the campaign, sent to her Facebook followers.

"We got a duck season, a deer season, but we don't have a flu season," the televangelist said last week in a Facebook video. "And don't receive it when somebody threatens you with, 'Everyone's getting the flu!' "

This year's flu season has killed more than 50 children nationwide — including two recent deaths in New York City.

Doctors generally have implored people to get a flu shot, which can reduce the symptoms even if someone catches the bug.

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But, Copeland said, one may not need the vaccine because "Jesus himself gave us the flu shot," so he thus "redeemed us from the curse of flu."

Her belief that prayer is enough to heal any ailment has come under scrutiny amid one of the worst flu seasons on record.

She isn't the first member of the Trump campaign's religious council to make an off-color remark, however.

While many of these preachers are respected members of their faith, their remarks have left many scratching their heads.

Televangelist Paula White asked followers to donate as much as their first month's salary in 2018 — or face the wrath of God.

"The reason is God lays claim to all firsts," her website reads. "So when you keep for yourself something that belongs to God you are desecrating what is to be consecrated to God."

White, a member of the committee who spoke at the President's inauguration, warned that not sharing the loot with God could lead to backlash from the Almighty.

One of President Trump’s top spokespeople reportedly called him ‘a deplorable’

Trump campaign surrogate and religious advisor Mark Burns came under scrutiny during the election for beefing up his biography.

A CNN investigation found he misled his flock by saying he had a bachelor's degree and did a six-year stint in the Army Reserve.

North Greenville University told the network that the South Carolina pastor had only done one semester there, and Burns later admitted he didn't get his degree.

He also served in the South Carolina National Guard — not the Army Reserve, CNN found.
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