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Televangelist Explains How His Jebus Books Brought Down The Berlin Wall

You may have thought that the Berlin Wall was brought down by the economic and political bankruptcy of the East German government in 1989, or maybe because of the impromptu actions of enthusiastic Berliners who just kind of spontaneously went all nutty and freedomy and sledge-hammery, or perhaps even as a result of delayed echoes from a 1987 sonic attack by Ronald Reagan, but last week we learned that all of these hypotheses were incorrect! What really did it, according to televangelist Kenneth Copeland, was a handful of East German fundamentalists who were “talking to [the Wall] in the name of Jesus,” and telling it to fall down for years and years, and “just suddenly one day, thpppppppt, down it went.”

This electrifying revision of recent history was revealed by Copeland in a rambling tale told to his teevee guest, noted history-fabricator David Barton. Right Wing Watch explains that Copeland is a believer in “Word of Faith,” which is the notion

that Christians can use “positive confession” to speak things into existence, typically physical health and material wealth. During Believer’s Voice of Victory, he claimed that his books and those of fellow Word-Faith preacher Kenneth Hagin were used to bring down the Berlin Wall, to which the self-declared “historian” Barton eagerly agreed.

So remember, if the idea that wishful thinking will alter reality is dressed up with New-Agey affirmations in a hodgepodge of idiocy like The Secret, then that is a Satanic threat to Biblical Truth. On the other hand, if the idea that wishful thinking will alter reality is dressed up with some Bible verses in a hodgepodge of idiocy like Copeland and Hagin’s, well then, that is a tax-exempt ministry and a way to connect people with the Lord and bring freedom to Eastern Europe. (Or it may be heresy and witchcraft, depending on which group of fundamentalists you’re talking to).

In any case, it seems rather unsporting of Copeland to not give any credit at all to the folks with the sledgehammers. But we will be the first to admit that we sometimes let trivial details like that get in the way of recognizing miracles.

Don’t forget to join Doktor Zoom tomorrow to find out whether this version of the collapse of Communism made it into a Christian World History textbook! (Spoiler alert: No.)

[Right Wing Watch]

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  1. Boojum

    Well, you see almost anyone talked at by Jesus freaks long enough will fall down. Or begin shouting (which walls can't do) or vomit (again, not for walls) or get stabby (and I'm betting the wall fell TOWARDS them). So, really, I buy it totally.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      The West Germans knocked down the wall in order to get at those noisy fudamentalist idiots and make them shut the fuck up.
      That's my version of history, and it makes a whole lot more sense.

      1. no_gravity

        If they were thinking right they should have said there was secret trumpet blowing going on. Then they could say: see, the bible was right and when we blow trumpets the walls did come tumbling down therefore the world is 6000 years old and the dinosaurs were left behind.

        They could have gone on for years with this kind of evidence.

    1. tessiee

      "Ehhh, ya see Kenneth, my Maaaaa taught me that theah's a lotta expert information involved in the construction of walls theah. As I was explainin to Nahmie the othah day…"

  2. Hera Sent Me

    Oh, you have to be a Christian for this stuff to work.

    No wonder none of my weekly "please please please let me win the lottery this time" chants have paid off yet.

      1. SorosBot

        No wonder the guy developed a drinking problem; for so many years he was the ostensible lead but really the second banana, first to a talking car and later to many pairs of bouncing breasts.

  3. mavenmaven

    Actually, it was the repeated recitation of the Edda by Germanic hordes that brought forth the Mjölnir which shattered the wall as a gift of the sacred mercy of Thor to his people.

      1. ThundercatHo

        No, no, it's a pie pan of beer or maybe an above ground pool full of beer. Anyway, just lures them in and they get drunk and drown. For priests, I think cheap wine would probably work.

    1. LibertyLover

      Don't be silly Reagan. Reagan couldn't even remember what a sledgehammer was at that point, much less bring down the wall with it. ;-)

  4. fartknocker

    I seem to recall it was a Caterpillar model D68 hydraulic excavator operated by an excited German that actually knocked down very large sections of the wall. Nice theory Reverend Jimmy Don Plead For More Money but physics says your wrong.

    Go to Louisiana, open a charter school and bloviate all your theories to some nice children. Asshole.

    1. sullivanst

      "Sorry, I just needed to to rest a little and catch my breath, I'd just walked 20 feet after all, and the whole thing came down"

  5. HarryButtle

    that Christians can use “positive confession” to speak things into existence, typically physical health and material wealth.

    Didja catch that last part?

  6. zippy_w_pinhead

    My dog thinks that if he howls at a telephone he can make it stop ringing. Since the phone does eventually stop ringing, that proves he's right.

      1. zippy_w_pinhead

        in all fairness to my dog, he's actually a lot smarter than that- he's not nearly as superstitious as your average Fundie. Someone really needs to introduce David Barton to B.F. Skinner…

    1. tessiee

      And he spake unto the vast multitudes, and the words he spake into their assembled ears were:
      "Thou art shit for brains"

  7. BoroPrimorac

    This reminds me of the Ninja death touch. Once the technique is applied, it may take forty or fifty years for the victim to die.

  8. LibertyLover

    I suppose the NRA will be claiming next that if the wall had been armed, that it could have defended itself from those sledgehammer-wielding marauders.

  9. SorosBot

    I thought the walls came tumbling down when the One Ring was destroyed, taking with it the might of Sauron which had maintained them, after Gollum fell with It into the cracks of Mt. Doom where It was forged, the one place It could be destroyed.

    1. Arborista

      And I thought the walls came tumbling down when Clark Gable finally married Claudette Colbert in 'It Happened One Night'?

      1. SorosBot

        No, you have to read the book not just watch the movie, which skipped over a lot of details; Paul and the Fremen used atomics to blow a hole in the wall which allowed them to attack with the sandworms.

    1. LibertyLover

      Why don't you just wish them to fall on your neighbor's lawn in the first place and save yourself the extra step?

    2. sewollef

      Had the opposite effect on me last winter. In NYC we had tons of snow storms and in my neighbourhood of Brooklyn we hardly saw the Sanitation Department snow ploughs.

      I wished a pox on all their trucks and the management.

      Next morning after a particularly bad storm I looked out my front window to find a Sanitation Department snow plough down the road — stuck in over three feet of snow.

      I'm telling you, this christianist god of theirs is a motherfucker with a twisted sense of humour.

  10. BoatOfVelociraptors

    This Theory leads me to believe he discovered weaponized trumpet technology, lost in the rubble of Jericho.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Au contraire! I simply assumed that it was such common knowledge that the Wonkettariat would find it banal. (As they do everything, because they are such jaded elitists…)

    1. SorosBot

      I guess they can't used the weaponized Arc of the Covenant since that's been lost somewhere in a vast government warehouse since a certain archaeologist took it from the Nazis shorty before WWII.

    2. Sassomatic

      See, this is what happens when I sleep in. Someone else beats me to the Joshua and the Battle of Jericho reference.

    1. TribecaMike

      I like Frito's Corn Chips, I love them I do. I want Frito's Corn Chips, I'll get them from you." — The Frito Bandito

      1. LibertyLover

        How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-pop? One, Two, Three…CRUNCH. Three, It takes 3 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie-pop.

  11. new_pic_for_NEWTer

    Well there appear to be many opinions regarding walls coming down…

    From The Style Council: Walls Come Tumbling Down
    Songwriters: WELLER, PAUL JOHN

    You don't have to take this crap
    You don't have to sit back and relax
    You can actually try changing it
    I know we've always been taught to rely
    Upon those in authority –
    But you never know until you try
    How things just might be –
    If we came together so strongly


    On the first day of the first month in some distant year
    The whole sky froze golden
    Some said it was the aftermath of the radium bomb
    While the others told of a final retribution
    A terrible revenge of the Gods
    But we understood the grand finale
    Fulfillment of a prophecy told many years before
    So all that was left was

    All the women were captured and chained
    And national suicide was proclaimed
    And new America fell to the ground
    And all the children lay crippled lame

    But all the nations came together
    In fear of the thought of the end
    No more would we fight in the streets
    No courage had we to defend

    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound

  12. Tequila Mockingbird

    Something tells me that their knowledge of world history is limited to the lyrics of We Didn't Start the Fire.

  13. kittensdontlie

    Talking sense to these fundies, is like talking to a wall, and as you clearly can see, their cracks are showing.

  14. kittensdontlie

    I wondering if Copeland will admit to offing the beloved children's character, Humpty Dumpty. The circumstances of his demise are suspiciously similar….

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king's horses and all the king's men
    Couldn't put Humpty together again.

  15. SigDeFlyinMonky

    Blue jeans and rock'n'roll, forces that are feared always and everywhere by authoritarians secular and religious, is what did it. Free Pussy Riot!

  16. SorosBot

    I always wonder why, while the wingnuts always talk about how awful the Berlin Wall was (and it was) while wrongly crediting Reagan with its coming down, they almost immediately turned around and decided it would be a great idea to create their own version along the border with Mexico, to keep out the brown people.

  17. Angry_Marmot

    When they ask if you've been Born Again, tell 'em you're still in labor.
    (bumper sticker idea, patent pending)

  18. Joshua Norton

    On the other hand, if the idea that wishful thinking will alter reality is dressed up with some Bible verses

    Hey, it works. Whenever I read an artilce about this dipshit, I say "Oh good lord, please don't let this bible-humping asshat ever appear on my TV set". And what do you know? He never does.

  19. imissopus

    I'm convinced. Now I will now devote all my free time to praying for the lovely Allison Brie to show up at my door wearing naught but a whipped-cream bikini and a mischievous smile.

  20. gogogodzilla

    I'm still trying to wrap my dome around how they could walk around the wall without getting shot by East German border guards. Cloak of Invisibility, I'm guessing.

  21. barto

    Note to editor: when writing "The Secret", you must always do it this way:

    "THE SECRET The Secret the secret (the secret)"

    This is the proper way to represent the echoey thing…

  22. ttommyunger

    This pencil-necked pussyfart has used Millions of his ill-gotten gains to produce western movies with himself as the hero, shooting bad guys in the name of Jeebus and saving the day. His decades-long success in American Televangelism is a living testament to both his own avarice and the public's gullibility.

  23. docterry6973

    Copeland prayed down the Berlin Wall? WHAT A GREAT GUY!!!! I wish there were some way I could send him some monies, in gratitude. He probably wouldn't take it though, the big lug.

  24. Dudleydidwrong

    I understand that there is legitimate wall-knocking and illegitimate wall-knocking. If a wall is subject to legitimate wall-knocking the wall has a biological method of preventing the wall-knocker from knocking up (or down) the wall. I guess we know what kind of a bozo Ken Copeland is, the illegitimate fucker.

  25. Isyaignert

    These posers don't believe the chit they're spouting. There is no Hell, because these guys KNOW they're lying and if they'd really be punished for being such lying dickhead crooks, they wouldn't do it. Amirite?

  26. Negropolis

    I remember being taught Word-Faith in religion class in school. It was based on Matthew 7:7

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

    So, I see they gussied it up and gave it a proper name, and it's quite frankly something taken from other earlier religions. BTW, of all of the evangelists, run as far as you can away from the ones that teach the "Gospel of Prosperity." It's a particularly shrewd, selfish, warped brand of christianity, American style.

    I tell you, today, truly is a fool and his money soon parted.

  27. Nostrildamus

    I prayed for a motorcycle once.

    Then I realized, it didn't work that way, so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness.

  28. Larry McAwful

    Imagine how much more powerful this positive wishing would have been if they'd actually whispered to the wall in German, instead of God's own language of Dixie-style English. Did the Berlin Wall speak German? Or did it speak Russian, since the Soviets built it? To quote the signs all over the Creation Museum: you won't read about that in your school!

  29. HelmutNewton

    Talk about a miracle: I can't believe this hack is still on the air! I remember seeing Copeland back in the 80's.

    Then again, I see that Peter Popoff is back after he was busted by James Randi back in the day.

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