Christian pastor Paula White, who is a “spiritual adviser” to President Trump, thinks there’s more than just politics behind the Democrats’ impeachment effort against the president. She thinks there are demons involved, and she routinely characterizes opposition to Trump as being inspired and driven by Satan — which is a growing theme within Trump’s far-right cult of evangelical supporters.
White’s penchant for mixing politics and the spirit realm went viral this week after a video from a January 5 sermon was shared by Right Wing Watch, where she calls on Jesus to “command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now.”
“We declare that anything that’s been conceived in satanic wombs, that it will miscarry, it will not be able to carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm,” White told an audience of faithful congregants.
Presidential spiritual adviser Paula White takes authority over the marine kingdom, the animal kingdom, and all "satanic pregnancies" that seek to harm Trump or the church. pic.twitter.com/pmrJEIxCHk
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) January 24, 2020
Not too long after the video made the rounds, the hashtag #satanicpregnancy started gaining steam, with people mocking the odd belief system of one of Trump’s most devoted evangelical supporters.
OK, so now I understand why #satanicpregnancy and Rosemary's Baby is trending.
This woman is out of her f*cking mind – WHY do Christians allow themselves to be represented by this type of insanity? And why is she a White House Special Adviser?!? https://t.co/EICtvwxC38
— Kevin James Bennett (@KJBennettBeauty) January 26, 2020
— ohhhaykayla (@ohhhaykayla) January 26, 2020
The Church of Satan (not to be confused with the Satanic Temple) chimed in as well.
“Asking your imaginary friend to terminate someone else’s pregnancy against their will is pretty messed up,” read a post from the church’s official Twitter account.
Asking your imaginary friend to terminate someone else’s pregnancy against their will is pretty messed up. https://t.co/iosaJniFgp
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 26, 2020
In a rare response, White said that she was just being metaphorical.
“I don’t normally respond but clearly this has been taken out of context,” White tweeted this Sunday. “I was praying [Ephesians] 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Anything that has been conceived by demonic plans, for it to be cancelled and not prevail in your life…”
Fair enough. But it still doesn’t change the fact that elevating Trump as some figure that God smiles on is incredibly stupid and dangerous.
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