The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, run by Kenneth Copeland Ministries, has long been a strong anti-vaccination stronghold. Now, it is the epicenter of a major outbreak of Measles in the United States.
There is no irony here, just basic science and common sense. If you fail to put up defense against contagious disease, you will find yourself unable to defend yourself when the inevitable happens.
When the measles were definitively tied to the church, well, the Dallas Observer put it best:
The sermon was awkward, to say the least. Pearsons is the eldest daughter of megapastor Kenneth Copeland, and her church is one of the cornerstones of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, his sprawling evangelical empire. He’s far from the most vocal proponent of the discredited theory that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine causes autism, but, between his advocacy of faith healing and his promotion of the vaccine-autism link on his online talk show, he’s not exactly urging his flock to get their recommended shots.
The church released its own statement on the matter, which read in part:
Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ position regarding dealing with any medical condition involving yourself or someone in your family is to first seek the wisdom of God, His Word, and appropriate medical attention from a professional that you know and trust. Apply wisdom and discernment in carrying out their recommendations for treatment. This would include: vaccinations, immunizations, surgeries, prescriptions, or any other medical procedures.
This flies in the face of their own recorded history, such as this exchange where they kept pushing the false narrative that vaccines cause autism:
Measles, which once plagued this nations young alongside Whooping Cough, Polio, and numerous other diseases, was at one time all but stomped out. Thanks to the widespread fraud perpetrated by Kenneth Copeland, all in the name of selling his phony “faith healing” services, now cases of this disease are spreading like wildfire.
A bit of personal history and disclaimer here. I have never gotten a measles shot. That does not mean I was not immunized. My immunization came the hard way.
A few weeks before my first measles shot, my parents noticed a nasty rash forming on my upper body. In a panic, they took me to the ER, where the physician on duty proceeded to argue with them that it was a diaper rash. Yes, a diaper rash on my upper body. During the exchange where my parents explained that they knew how to use a diaper, another doctor popped his head in, took one look at me, turned around and left. A minute later he entered the exam room with a group of student doctors saying very loudly “And here you find a case of the Measles.” The ER physician had never seen a case in person. I was the first case in our hospital in years. Sadly, that same hospital has seen many more these past few years.
My mother had worked with a missionary, who had carried the disease back to the United States. If it were not for my young age, I would have had my immunization shot, and I would never have gotten the measles. I was a rare case. But now, with more people believing the anti-vaccination hype, such as that given by Kenneth Copeland, the chances for what would otherwise have been an isolated case instead has put the health of his followers, the people who put their faith in him, at risk.
A local news station, WFAA, covered the outbreak on Wednesday as you can see here:
As of four days ago, a total of 15 cases of Measles had been identified, with the youngest being only 4 months old. How many more of their fellow parishioners will come down with the easily communicable disease before it has finished its spread?