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Doctor Stella Immanuel is both a Houston-based pediatrician, religious book author, and a spiritual leader of Fire Power Ministries (a non-orthodox church). She, and her colleges, form an almost perfect nexus of Trump supporters, conspiracy theorists, outlandish religious beliefs, and Fox news punditry.
She earned infamy in late July 2020 when Donald Trump retweeted a speech she made, where she dubiously claimed that hydroxychlorquine will cure COVID-19, and that facial masks are not needed to fighting the pandemic. The speech was part of a press conference of a small group of doctors who call themselves "America's Frontline Doctors"; the group disputes the medical consensus on the COVID-19. Predictably, the individual doctors in question, if notable at all, are mainly noteworthy for regular appearances on Fox News, mistrust of NIAID director Anthony Fauci, hydroxychlorquine promotion, and other eccentricities such as the promotion of bitcoin. This event was organized by the Tea Party Patriots, and the original publisher of the video was Breitbart News.
These videos were eventually deleted from both Facebook and Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Breitbart's Twitter account was also locked by Twitter for spreading COVID-19 bullshit; of course, in respsonse, Breitbart made the video a cover story on their website, with the usual whine about how social media is "censoring" them.
Immanuel responded to the controversy by, on Facebook, declaring that Jesus Christ would destroy Facebook’s servers if her videos weren’t restored to the platform.
Upon further investigation of the Fire Power Ministries' web page and YouTube channel, many reporters found that Stella Immanuel is a promoter of many conspiracy and paranoia style beliefs. Among her more outrageous claims were that alien DNA is currently being used in medical treatments, scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious, some gynecological problems are caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches, and that the government is run by "reptilians" and other aliens. She also gave sermons on the Illuminati, gave sermons that preached hatred of LGBT people, and (unusually for a pediatrician) praised corporal punishment in a sermon, declaring that "children need to be whipped" (but, not abused). The discovery of these viewpoints led to "demon sperm" jokes becoming a trend on Twitter. It's bad enough that Immanuel promotes supernaturalism, but it actually seems to interfere with her medical practice because she believes that demon sex is causative of medical conditions such as endometriosis.
- "America is suffering. Trump offers them a doctor who warns of sex with demons." by David Von Drehle, Washington Post, 2020 July 28
- "Who Are 'America's Frontline Doctors', the Pro-Trump, Pro-Hydroxychloroquine Weirdos Banned From Social Media?" by Matt Novak, Gizmodo, 2020 July 28
- "Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine" by Will Sommer, Daily Beast, 2020 July 28
- "Twitter suspends Donald Trump Jr. for posting COVID misinformation" by Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 2020 July 28
- "Trump Doubles Down on Demon Sperm Doc" by Will Sommer and Adam Rawnsley, Daily Beast, 2020 July 28
- "Who is Dr. Stella Immanuel? MD, Houston Doctor Promising HCQS is the Treatment for Coronavirus Fact Check" by Sachin Jangra, Courier Daily, 2020 July 29
- "Trump retweeted a video with false covid-19 claims. One doctor in it has said demons cause illnesses." by Travis M. Andrews and Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 2020 July 28