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Magic wand / kalhh, via PixabayOne of the things many people don’t realize about fundagelical Christians is that they like to wave their Jesus around like a magical talisman. They view him as the ultimate tool … for any vexing task.

Take, for example, this winter’s particularly bad flu season (Archive.Is cached article). Yes, for fundagelicals, even the flu is no match for the magic of Jesus. All you need do — as Gloria Copeland (wife of megapastor Kenneth Copeland) says, according to Right Wing Watch — is drop Jesus’ name a few times, and poof! the flu magically goes away (cached):

You’d think that given past experience, Copeland’s Eagle Mountain International Church might have learned a lesson, but you’d be wrong, as yesterday a video was posted on the ministry’s Facebook page [cached] featuring Copeland’s wife, Gloria, telling people that there is no such thing as flu season and that they don’t need to get a flu shot because “Jesus himself gave us the flu shot.”

“Listen, partners, we don’t have a flu season,” Gloria Copeland said. “And don’t receive it when somebody threatens you with, ‘Everybody is getting the flu.’ We’ve already had our shot, He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on.”

Praying for those who may already have the flu, Copeland proclaimed, “Flu, I bind you off the people in the name of Jesus. Jesus himself gave us the flu shot, He redeemed us from the curse of flu.” Those who don’t have the flu, she promised, can protect themselves by simply declaring, “I’ll never have the flu.”

What’s ironic about this is that the very fundagelicals who’ll ward off the flu with mantras like, “Flu, I bind you off the people in the name of Jesus,” in the very next breath would condemn the performance of witchcraft or magic, as well as taking the name of the Lord in vain. What’s more, they’ll never admit this rather blatant hypocrisy … even though their own Jesus explicitly and unambiguously ordered them never to be hypocritical, ever, at any time or for any reason. They just don’t get that their own religion contradicts itself.

Not to mention, repeatedly blabbering Jesus’ name will never do anything to prevent or cure the flu. It just won’t.

One last note, for all readers: If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, go get one. Don’t buy into any of the bullshit you’ve heard to the contrary. Just do it, ferfucksakes. Now!

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An outbreak of what is commonly being called “swine flu” (more scientifically, H1N1 influenza) is now underway. There is a real fear of the possibility of pandemic, so nations around the globe — including those not yet infected — are making plans to prevent this. In the midst of all the work that needs to be done, though, it turns out that someone has found the time to inject hyperreligiosity into the matter. The very name “swine flu” is religiously objectionable, as the BBC reports:

Israeli Health Minister Yakov Litzman has been updating a nervous public on the swine flu epidemic — and he started by renaming it for religious reasons.

“We will call it Mexican flu. We won’t call it swine flu,” said Mr Litzman, who belongs to the ultra-religious United Torah Judaism party. …

Yakov Litzman serves as deputy health minister in the recently-formed government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who took the position of health minister himself.

Mr Litzman is one of eight ultra-Orthodox Jewish ministers and deputy ministers in Mr Netanyahu’s administration.

Admittedly the term “swine flu” is not necessarily helpful in and of itself, and this particular outbreak may not have involved swine (the jury is still out on that). But, for better or worse, that’s how this particular variety of the flu is widely known, and has been for some time. Renaming at this point — for reasons other than scientific clarity — is probably not too smart, as it can promote confusion. But that hardly is the concern of hyperreligious folks. For them, names mean everything, to the point where they’re believed to have metaphysical power over things. Of course, it doesn’t matter that calling it “swine flu,” or “Mexican flu,” or “flibbertygibbet flu” for that matter, doesn’t make it any more or less deadly; but for those sufficiently in thrall to metaphysics, it does. I guess deputy minister Litzman doesn’t know his Shakespeare:

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet …
(Romeo & Juliet, Act II Scene 2)

Belief in the power of names to alter things, does not mean that they have this power. It just means people are able to delude themselves into thinking they do.

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