Latest measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch

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Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons delivers a sermon.

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Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons delivers a sermon.

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(RNS) An infectious disease expert says a measles outbreak at a Texas megachurch -- with low vaccination rates and a pastor who's been critical of vaccines -- is a "classic example of how measles is being reintroduced."

  • Zolicon

    It is good to see that it is not only the Poor Homeless People who are responsible for spreading Diseases.

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  • Laurence Charles Ringo

    Of course she’s misinformed;she’s Kenneth Copeland’s daughter,the biggest religious huckster and racketeer in the history of Evangelicalism!! I am absolutely incensed that this dangerously foolish woman would put these innocent little ones in harm’s way due to such profound ignorance;the sad part is that the parents of these helpless children would follow this woman’s ill-informed guidance and expose their precious youngsters to such needless,preventable suffering! Shame on all of them!!!

  • Jon

    This is yet another example of the harm caused by the denial of evidence by some Christians. I suppose Jonathan Merritt may offer a vaccine safety denialist a favorable interview now, maybe someone like David Kirby. After all, he did so for the biological evidence denialists here (, and he said that he “will not ignore a perspective simply because I don’t agree with it or because it is unpopular.”

  • InformedChristian

    For Jon and others here, you might want to slow your roll a bit on the “denialist” propagandizing. There is certainly something to the idea that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism and other disorders in some small children. While you won’t here the mainstream media report on it, there have been numerous court cases in the last few years where Big Pharma has been forced to pay out millions to victims of such incidents involving the MMR vaccine. Researchers at major secular Universities have additionally published peer-reviewed articles in various medical journals outlining the potential risks involved in the MMR and certain children who might be genetically predisposed to mental illnesses or stomach disorders.

    The reality is that “denialism” might actually exist on the side of the drug companies and other organizations and individuals who profit from the proliferation of vaccines in recent years. Here are two articles with links to legitimate studies and court cases that should certainly cause us alarm:

    Now, that’s not to say that this woman has presented the evidence fairly or that she hasn’t practiced a little propagandizing herself (possibly to her own financial benefit), nor does this suggest that one shouldn’t get the vaccine later in life when evidence shows that it’s much safer for use in even higher at-risk individuals. But it does say that we need to be slow to judge all Christians, all homeschoolers, or all doctors and scientists who, when looking at legitimate evidence and research, conclude that the MMR vaccine shouldn’t be given to their children (at least not at the time prescribed by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

  • Jen

    This is troubling, indeed. I, too, have been critical of the MMR vaccine, but not because of the autism link. The rubella portion of the MMR vaccine is derived from aborted fetal cells. Other vaccines also contain aborted fetal cells but there are ethical alternatives available. There is no alternative MMR vaccine available. After waiting sometime for an alternative to become available, we have decided not to wait any longer and have given our children the MMR vaccine.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    What diseases, specifically, do you refer to as being spread by “poor Homeless People”? I’ve worked in Public Health in New York City for 25 years and am not familiar with that interesting epidemiological perspective. Truly enough, Poor Homeless People suffer higher incidences of certain diseases than the general population, but which diseases are you saying such people are “responsible for spreading”?

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  • Italo (Tony) D’Alessio

    Not everyone who says to be “Christian” is a true Biblical Christian. Starting with”The Prosperity Theory” preached by Keneth Copeland there is none
    of that inThe Bible. In doubt? Check in The Written Word the Pharisee
    exactly position on “They were rich and in higher positions because they
    were blessed by God.” Then pay attention on what the very One Jesus
    Christ told them. Topping all, remember the story about the camel…and the rich… So, it is your fault if you just follow men…
    Tony D’Alessio.-

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  • Three Phased

    No, “InformedChristian,” vaccination is not associated with autism. Sorry.

    Plenty of actual studies and peer-reviewed publications to this effect linked within this document: