Modern day televangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been scamming their followers for decades, amassing an estimated $760 million fortune in donations from their flock. Like Jesus, they live a humble, meager life:
Kenneth Copeland Ministries operates on a 1,500-acre campus near Fort Worth, TX, equipped with a church, a private airstrip, and a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and other aircraft. Copeland resides with his wife Gloria in a $6 million church-owned lakefront mansion.
In 2013, Kenneth Copeland bragged about raking in more than $1 billion tax free since the inception of the ministry. Also in 2013, there was a measles outbreak in north Texas, an outbreak that was traced back to the Copeland’s church, where they’d advised their followers against vaccinations. From NPR:
There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.
The outbreak began when a man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Indonesia visited the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about an hour and a half northwest of Dallas.
Earlier this week, crowds flooded in for regular services. Rose Mwangi had her Bible in hand and said she’s not worried “because I know Jesus is a healer, so I know he’s covered us with the blood…There’s no place for fear.”
And now the Copelands are at it again. This time Gloria Copeland incorrectly told her audience there is no flu season, no need to get a flu shot.
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