An anti-LGBT preacher is being sued for selling a ‘coronavirus cure’ and you honestly just love to see it
Jim Bakker, the disgraced anti-LGBT+ televangelist, is being sued by the state of Missouri for selling a coronavirus “miracle cure”.
Bakker and his TV production company were named in a lawsuit by Missouri attorney general Eric S Schmitt after “falsely promising” that their product Silver Solution “can cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate coronavirus”.
The suit also alleges that Bakker claimed Silver Solution would “boost elderly consumers’ immune systems and help keep them healthy”.
It points out in no uncertain terms that “there is, in fact, no vaccine, pill, potion or other product available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)”.
Jim Bakker suggested Silver Solution ‘totally eliminates’ viruses.
Bakker – who once suggested God was punishing American because of trans bathroom rights – has been using coronavirus to sell Silver Solution for at least a month.
According to NPR, he welcomed alleged “natural health expert” Sherrill Sellman on the February 12 edition of The Jim Bakker Show to discus the supposed miracle product.
“God gave us this product,” he said before turning to Sellman.
“This influenza that is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective?” he asked.
“Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours,” Sellman replied.
Totally eliminate it. Kills it. Deactivates it.
Sellman added that Silver Solution “has been proven by the government that it has the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS”.
As of Friday (March 13), Silver Solution is no longer available for purchase on The Jim Bakker Show website.
A spokesman for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office told NPR that even though despite this, they would continue to seek a temporary restraining order.
“That way they can’t come back in months or years and start selling solution as a miracle cure again,” press secretary Chris Nuelle said.
Preacher was married to gay icon Tammy Faye before he was jailed for fraud.
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Bakker rose to fame in the 1970s with The PTL Club, which he hosted with his then-wife Tammy Faye.
They were among the most famous televangelists in the US, but their empire crumbled in the late 1980s under the weight of a sex scandal and allegations of fraud.
In 1989, Bakker was convicted on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine, but after an appeal, served just five years.
Tammy Faye divorced Bakker in 1992 and was reborn a gay icon, making regular appearances a Pride marches and other LGBT+ events.
During her PTL Club years she had urged Christians to “love and accept their gay brethren” and had supported those living with HIV at the start of the AIDS crisis.
PinkNews has contacted Jim Bakker for comment.