‘Alternative facts’ turn into alternative reality for some preachers

By Annie Laurie Gaylor
Freedom From Religion Foundation

Acceptance of “alternative facts” has now evolved into “alternative reality” for some seemingly unhinged preachers.

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, in commenting about election results from the pulpit at his megachurch in Omaha, Neb., remarked: “The media said Joe Biden is president,” then launched into a minute-long, bizarre fake laugh (“Ha, ha, ha …”). In a show of mass delusion, members of the congregation joined in the forced mockery.

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Copeland, by the way, serves on President Trump’s evangelical advisory board.

Copeland’s daughter, Terri Pearsons, had earlier beseeched God in a prayer to give Republicans control of the House of Representatives, and “to strip Nancy Pelosi of her position there and reduce that majority to a minority, in the name of Jesus.”

In similar fashion, after the election was called for Biden, former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, quoting Revelation, prayed for “God’s iron rod to smash the delusion that Biden is president … Smash the clay jar of deceit in America … Lord, smash it in Jesus’ name.”

Paula White, not only President Trump’s “spiritual adviser,” but also on the federal payroll, prayed for God to “break up the demonic confederacies.” She blathered about “Biden and demons,” even “speaking in tongues.” In a highly repetitive prayer, White ranted: “For angels have even dispatched from Africa right now, Africa right now, Africa right now. From Africa right now.”


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White had previously held a post-election service on Nov. 6 in which she declared it was God’s intention to put Trump back in the White House. “God has already settled his mind” about the election, White said. “We will override any will of man over the mind of God.”

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Apparently, “God” did not have that intention. Also joining the hallelujah chorus of denial was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo (he who believes in “the Rapture”), said this week at the State Department that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

Marian Evans, better known as “George Eliot,” wrote an essay in 1855 for the Westminster Review in which she cogently noted: “The clergy, are, practically, the most irresponsible of all talkers.”

One can only say “Amen,” sister!

1Annie Laurie 2018 portrait ‘Alternative facts’ turn into alternative reality for some preachersAnnie Laurie Gaylor, a third-generation freethinker, co-founded FFRF with her mother Anne Gaylor as a college student in 1976. She served as editor of Freethought Today, FFRF’s newspaper, from 1985 to 2009. Her book, Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, first published by FFRF in 1981, is in its 4th printing. In 1988, FFRF published Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, the first book documenting widespread sexual abuse by clergy. Her 1997 anthology, Women Without Superstition: ‘No Gods, No Masters,’ is the first collection of the writings of historic and contemporary women freethinkers.

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