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VIDEO: Anti-vaccine-preaching Texas megachurch linked to measles outbreak

Texas health officials have zeroed in on a megachurch which has preached against vaccinations as the point of origin for a measles outbreak.

Texas health officials have zeroed-in on a megachurch which has a history of preaching against vaccinations, as the point of origin for a measles outbreak.

According to a report from ABC’s WFAA 8, a congregant contracted the virus while visiting a foreign country and then attended a service at the church before he knew he was infected. This Thursday, the Tarrant County Health Department announced its 11th measles diagnosis traced to the man, making it the 16th case to emerge statewide. As a result, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services issued a measles outbreak alert — an unprecedented development given that the virus has nearly been eradicated by vaccines for decades.

Meanwhile this Sunday at Eagle Mountain International Church, Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons was forced to dedicate most of her sermon to the fact that 11 of the 16 measles cases had been linked to church attendees.   

“We’re going to talk about some things affecting our church. And as we go through it, we remain steadfast that Jesus is more than enough,” Pearsons told the congregation. “There has been a […] confirmed case of the measles from the Tarrant County Health Department. And that’s a really big deal in that America — the United States has been essentially measles-free for, I think it’s 10 years. And so when measles pops up anywhere else in the United States, the health department — well, you know, it excites them.”

In a marked shift in the church’s message, Pearsons went on to inform the congregation that the church was setting up free vaccination clinics, and urged those who chose not to participate to voluntarily quarantine themselves at home for two weeks.

Pearson’s father, televangelist Kenneth Copeland, has promoted the unfounded idea that vaccines cause autism. Putting emphasis on the power of faith healing, Copeland urged his followers in newsletters, the church website and television broadcasts to resist vaccinations.

Tarrant County health officials said that 8 of the 11 infected from the church were not vaccinated.

Watch the WFAA report on the story in the video below.

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  2. Jim S

    August 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Copeland is a charlatan. Taking $$$ and preaching Bull Crap! He probably also promotes everything Republican and Tea Party!
    I rank him and his fellow televangelists right up there with the lieing Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Levin, Jones, and the rest of them.
    They are a scourge on our country.
    This is just a minor incident caused by the church. Some day, somebody will die because of the ranting of these radicals and it will be directly traced to their rhetoric. Maybe THEN, we will realize there are limits to free speech!

  3. Cyndi

    August 26, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Yet another instance of religious idiots being idiots.

  4. Occupy Christianity (@occupy_xnty)

    August 26, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Just clicked through to the link in the article referring to where Kenneth Copeland has promoted non-use of vaccines and a link to autism, and guess what…it’s not there any more!

  5. Ben

    August 26, 2013 at 3:28 am

    “Those Jesus freaks…well, they’re friendly but…the shit they believe has got their minds all shut.” F. Zappa

  6. Jjblee

    August 26, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Jim — limiting what a person can say is the antithesis of free speech.

  7. bev lewis

    August 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    guess what? A link has been found.

  8. Armando Ortiz

    August 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. This isn’t about “free speech”. This is about stupid things one shouldn’t say.

    “Go ahead and run into that burning building! You won’t get burned because Jesus will shield you!”

    Get the picture?

  9. pogonip

    August 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Seems that the problem here is not what some snake-oil salesman has been preaching, but rather what a bunch of gullible rubes are taking as fact with no supporting information. Perhaps if the schools would shift the focus from testing to the acquisition of tools for critical thinking, we could avoid some of this in the future. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t help the home-schooled.

  10. Armando Ortiz

    August 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Please give us your citation – don’t just come here and say “a link has been found” and expect that to hold water.

  11. Perry

    August 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Just a quick reminder: this is in Texas. Home- or public-schooled, their curriculum is designed to provide cheaper labor.

  12. Joie Therese

    August 27, 2013 at 5:34 am

    oh, the lord his wonders work in miserable ways!

  13. Bob Cull

    August 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I think I have the solution to situations such as this that protects the rest of the nation from these ignorant zealots while protecting their religious freedom and the right to be just plain stupid. Let’s build quarantine “camps” at different locations around the country and when anyone decides that their rights supersede the right of the rest of us to be protected from the diseases that they think God will protect them from can do without vaccinations they can either get vaccinated or go to live in quarantine. I predict that the attrition rates in said camps will be so great that there is no danger of ever running out of room to house them all.

  14. Armando Ortiz

    August 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    The fact that you mentioned “quarantine camps” in your reply is going to fuel some right-wing yahoo’s blog by allowing them to fictitiously link FEMA and their so-called “concentration camps” to the idea. It’s a conspiracy theorist’s dream come true.

    This should be funny…hehe

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  16. Bob Cull

    August 28, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Actually, Armando, I could say that the sun rose in the east this morning and the tin foil hat squad could find a “left wing conspiracy” in that, oops, I just used the words, that will show up somewhere tomorrow as proof that it is a left wing conspiracy that caused the sun to rise. lmao

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  19. Jezebel Haddo (@JigokuDayu)

    December 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Why doesn’t Copland use ‘faith-healing’ to cure autism, hmm?

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