Aledo's David Barton was pretty sure he could have become Texas' next Senator, as so many Tea Party leaders were encouraging him to do, but the time wasn't right. "Right now, I believe my role is to continue educating, equipping and inspiring citizens through the work we do at WallBuilders," as he told Glenn Beck.
That appears to be what he was doing on Monday, when he appeared on a special Veteran's Day broadcast of "Believer's Voice of Victory," Fort Worth megachurch pastor Kenneth Copeland's TV show. The subject, naturally, was war, and why American soldiers shouldn't feel bad in fighting in them. They especially shouldn't suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
"You listen to me," Copeland said, wagging his finger at the camera. "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."
Barton chimes in a few times with affirmations of "that's right," before going on to explain that God has a "faith hall of fame," the Davids and the Gideons whose battlefield prowess shows they have been blessed by God.
Barton and Copeland don't pull their arguments completely out of thin air. They build them on a single line contained in the Book of Numbers in which Moses declares to the Isrealites that those going into battle "shall return, and be guiltless before the Lord."
Substitute American soldiers for the holy warriors of Israel and PTSD for guilt, and the message is crystal clear: If you have PTSD, you're not believing hard enough. So forego secular mental health treatment and open up the Bible. Just remember that the last time Copeland dispensed medical advice, there was a measles outbreak at his church.
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