Televangelist Kenneth Copeland spent part of a recent show attempting to heal his viewers of the coronavirus through the TV, literally, by putting up his oddly shiny hands to the camera and instructing people to put their hands on their television sets before reciting a rather weird prayer. During said prayer, he seemed confused as to what COVID-19 actually is, saying at one point that “the devil’s trying to give me the flu, or whatever else kind of thing he’s trying.”
Kenneth Copeland healed viewers of the coronavirus through their televisions last night. pic.twitter.com/8lwHufTIy4— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 12, 2020
That smile at the end is somehow more unnerving than the idea of any and all pandemics that could possibly be inflicted on humanity.
If it weren’t bad enough that he momentarily confused COVID-19 with influenza, he also seems to tell his viewers to ignore the symptoms of the illness.
“And I consider not my own body,” he said. “I consider not symptoms in my own body, but only that which God has promised. Only that what the Word has said. And by His stripes, I was healed. And by His stripes, I am healed now.”
Hopefully, he later advised viewers to get tested and self-quarantine if they experience symptoms, but don’t hold your breath.
This comes not long after New York Attorney General’s Office sent a cease-and-desist letter to another televangelist, Jim Bakker, telling him to stop claiming that his useless “Silver Solution” can kill the novel strain of the coronavirus. On Bakker’s show back in February, he brought on a guest who claimed that the supplement has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and “totally eliminates it.”
Normal people are really wishing that televangelists would stop.
This is dangerous and unethical. Seriously.
— 🏈💙TrueBlueWVU💛🏀 (@TamiWVU) March 12, 2020
Let me guess, if he didn’t heal you, it’s because you don’t have enough faith.
BTW, what has touching the screen got to do with it? Shouldn’t he at least touch the camera as well?
It’s unbelievable that people still follow people like this in the 21st century.
— Fran the Radical Centrist🏳️🌈🇦🇺🌏🦄♌️ (@Auntie_Fran) March 12, 2020
— adrienne (@adriennerourke) March 12, 2020
You KNOW this man has the weirdest sex.
— Karlo ♥︎ Takki (@KarloTakki) March 12, 2020
He just made me gayer.
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) March 12, 2020
I had my bare butt pressed against the screen, while he did his Witch Doctor thing…I don’t feel any different today though.
— RDobbson (@RDobbson1) March 12, 2020
this guy was on candidate trumps evangelical executive advisory board
— darth™ (@darth) March 12, 2020
Jeepers. This guy opening his eyes around 1:13 is absolutely and utterly terrifying. It actually shook me up. Not even jokin
— Squinter (@squinteratn) March 12, 2020
he's straight out of a bad horror movie.— bl8ant (@bl8ant) March 12, 2020
nonetheless, the stuff of nightmares
Who’s going to heal Copeland when he gets it?