That Voodoo That You Do So Well

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It was disclosed this week that earlier this month, Trump’s spiritual adviser, televangelist Paula White, had prayed the following:

In the name of Jesus, we command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now. We declare that anything that’s been conceived in satanic wombs that it’ll miscarry, it will not be able to carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm.

Here’s the clip. White, who leads the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative and provided the invocation prayer at Trump’s inauguration, defended her prayer in tweets. This disclosure comes on the heels of Trump’s attendance last week at the anti-abortion rally March for Life, where he proclaimed, “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.”

Maybe it’s just me, but commanding someone to miscarry doesn’t seem very pro-life. Pro-lifers tend to view every child as a gift from God and that no one should ever pray for any woman to miscarry. Christianity teaches that no one should ever pray for evil or harm to befall another person. Jesus asked us to pray for our persecutors, not to curse them. To love our neighbors as ourselves.

It was also unclear what she considers to be a satanic pregnancy. Do parents have to be belong to some sort of devil worshipping cult or is just being a Democrat good enough? In the past, White has characterized Trump’s enemies as being aligned with evil. On the other hand, it could become an abortion loophole. Doctor, I need an abortion because my baby is satanic. Most religious leaders view White at best as a charlatan and at worse a heretic or maybe it’s the other way around. As he claims, Trump always picks the best people.

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