Evangelist’s idiotic flu advice sparks British investigation
Last Saturday we reported that deranged televangelist Gloria Copeland dismissed the efficacy of flu jabs, saying that the only protection people need from flu was Jesus.
Now we learn from this report that the UK’s Charity Commission has launched an investigation into Kenneth Copeland Ministries UK, whose headquarters are in Bath, because it posted Copeland’s video on its website, along with the text:
In this video, Gloria Copeland talks about the flu and offers a prayer for the flu. Learn how you can overcome the flu and prevent it from coming on your household.
In the video, released on January 31 and still on the ministries UK site, Copeland says:
Listen, partners. We don’t have a flu season. We’ve got a duck season, a deer season, but we don’t have a flu season.
A Charity Commission spokeswoman said:
Trustees must ensure that their charity only carries out activities within their charitable objectives and must ensure they protect the reputation of their charity.
The commission will be contacting the Kenneth Copeland Ministries regarding material posted on the charity’s website to determine whether there is a regulatory role for the commission.
According to Public Health England, there have been 215 confirmed deaths from flu in the UK this flu season.
The video has been viewed more than a quarter of a million times on YouTube and Facebook, and has been widely criticised.
One angry Facebook user wrote:
Telling people not to get proper medical care is dangerous and un-Christian. Shame on you, doubly so for doing it in God’s name.
When someone dies from the flu, their blood will be on your hands. Did you ever consider the possibility that God gave us an intellect and knowledge so that we can protect ourselves? Did that thought ever cross your mind?
A third said:
Wow. If this works for the flu, then I guess it would work for cancer too. I sense that a lot of drug companies who make medication for people with cancer are about to go out of business if this secret gets out.