Marianne Williamson: What to Know About the ‘Bitch for God’ She’s a celebrity-magnet who found her career through a book supposedly ‘dictated’ by Jesus. Shira
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She’s a celebrity-magnet who found her career through a book supposedly ‘dictated’ by Jesus.
Updated 06.20.19 8:43PM ET / Published 06.20.19 4:12PM ET
Marianne Williamson’s 2020 campaign for president has made barely a blip—until this week when she called mandatory-vaccine policies “draconian” and “Orwellian,” immediately sparking criticism that she is an anti-vaxxer. On Thursday, appearing on The View, the New Age self-help guru said she misspoke but then failed to make a full-throated endorsement of vaccines, saying she does not “trust the propaganda on either side” and that “we must have a balance between public safety and the issues of individual freedom.”
Williamson, who has scored about 1 percent of voters’ support in several polls, secured a spot on the debate stage next week. Here’s a look at her past:
Her vaccine skepticism isn’t new
In a 2011 Facebook post, Williamson said she understood “the controversial aspects of vaccinations, and I share many of the concerns.” While she said she admired the Gates Foundation’s efforts to vaccinate children in the developing world, “the issue isn’t black and white.” (Scientists and mainstream medical providers disagree and say the safety and efficacy of vaccines is well-established).
She found her career through a book ‘dictated’ by Jesus
The foundation of Williamson’s career is Helen Schucman’s spiritual self-help book A Course in Miracles, which Schucman claimed had been dictated to her by Jesus but which has been criticized by some as pseudo-Christianity. “I had no idea at the time that my study of The Course, plus writing and speaking about it, would turn into a 35-year career,” Williamson has written. She began lecturing to small groups on The Course and in 1992 she published A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. Oprah Winfrey read it and told her TV audience that she experienced 157 miracles as a result. Williamson has since published 12 other books.
June 21, 2019 at 12:51 PM #78901KenTankerousParticipant
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Hmm. Well, that’s troubling for sure. I gave her a few small donations because I wanted to hear her in the debates. This was based on her announcement speech, which was really inspiring. Her diagnosis of what’s wrong with America was spot-on IMO. I had and still have no expectation that she would make a serious run. This news is not going to help her cause, that’s for sure. In this case, it seems a good thing that campaigns take long enough for us to learn about who we’re dealing with.
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