Army Prayer Breakfast to Feature 'Christian Extremist' Who Believes PTSD Only Impacts Nonbelievers
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Fort Jackson army base prayer breakfast in Columbia, S.C. on February 1. Copeland is a member of President Donald Trump's faith advisory council and a self-described "Christian extremist."
In 2013, Copeland claimed that PTSD wasn't a medical condition requiring psychiatric intervention, but a problem that could be solved by being a devout Evangelical Christian.
“Any of you suffering from PTSD right now, you listen to me,” Copeland added. “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.”
Copeland, worth an estimated $26.5 million, cited demons flying on commercial airlines to explain his 2015 purchase of a private jet.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has filed a formal complaint with base commander Major General Pete Jackson to request that Copeland's invitation to the Army prayer breakfast be rescinded.