Evangelical Who Claimed PTSD Is Sinful Invited To Address US Soldiers
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, whose followers recently helped him buy a new Gulfstream jet, will headline a National Prayer Breakfast event at Fort Jackson, South Carolina's military installation.
Why is this newsworthy? Because Copeland doesn't believe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real, saying God would not let that happen. He insinuated that Christian soldiers suffering after war trauma simply need to have more faith.
Reading from Numbers 32: 20-22, Copeland 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 said as [pseudo-historian David] Barton affirmed him. “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.”
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s Mikey Weinstein has sent a letter to Major General John P. “Pete” Johnson asking that Copeland's invitation be revoked:
… this great homage and special invitation proffered by your command staff to honor a miserable, fundamentalist Christian wretch like Copeland as the special “guest speaker’ at Fort Jackson’s NPB is TOTALLY antithetical to the United States Army’s vaunted “7 Core Values” of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Indeed, General, the SHOCKING selection of such a divisive and corrosive individual/religious predator and bully to be the main speaking attraction at your NPB at Fort Jackson is nothing less than a terminal and swift cancer to the bedrock good order, morale, discipline and unit cohesion of your command at Fort Jackson.