Stella Immanuel's theories about the relationship between demons, illness and sex have a long history - 2020-07-29
On July 27, the president and his son Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted a viral video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel, in which the Houston pediatrician rejected the effectiveness of wearing face masks for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and promoted hydroxychloroquine to treat the disease.
Journalists quickly dug into Immanuel's background and found that she's also claimed that having sex with demons can cause illnesses like cysts and endometriosis.
These beliefs don't come out of thin air, and she's far from the only person who holds them.
As a scholar of biblical and apocryphal literature, I've researched and taught how these beliefs have deep roots in early Jewish and Christian stories – one reason they continue to persist today.