As has been reported here several times, scamvangelist Jim Bakker has on multiple occasions claimed that his $80 “Silver Solution” cures or prevents COVID, SARS, HIV, and “all venereal diseases.”
Since then, he’s gotten warning letters from the New York Attorney General, been sued by the state of Missouri, and had banks stop processing donations to his ministry. Two weeks ago AT&T made the rare move of warning its networks against carrying his show.
Bakker’s lawyer responds to the Missouri lawsuit:
The Attorney General’s claims are barred by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, including the Establishment, Free Exercise, Free Speech, and Free Press Clauses, as made applicable to the State of Missouri by the Fourteenth Amendment.
And by the corollary rights found in Article I, Sections 5 and 8, of the Missouri Constitution, because application of the MMPA [Missouri Merchandising Practices Act] to Pastor Bakker and Morningside (a) requires excessive entanglement with religion, including the secular resolution of purely religious questions.
Our sincerely-held religious beliefs require us to encourage our partners to prepare spiritually, mentally, and physically for the second-corning of Christ, and assist them in doing so by bringing experts to our broadcasts to teach how to accomplish this goal.
An integral part of this expressive ministry and practice, as well as the doctrinal teachings of our religion, includes educating our partners concerning, and offer them, products, including Silver Solution, that we believe have been made available to this generation by God.
We believe in providing practical tools and supplies to prepare for the end-times, in connection with the solicitation of funds for the ministry.
Each of the products offered on The Jim Bakker Show, including Silver Solution, are products that Pastor Bakker and Morningside feel divinely inspired to offer to the world.
The Jim Bakker Show is suggesting that the silver solution it sells can kill the coronavirus within 12 hours. pic.twitter.com/kbUGnUp69m
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) February 12, 2020
(Via The Friendly Atheist)