Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing televangelist Jim Bakker for misrepresenting a product on his show, promoting it as a cure for the coronavirus.
Bakker and his guest, Dr. Sherrill Sellman, claimed in an episode of “The Jim Bakker Show” last month that a Silver Solution product could cure strains of the virus, which is now sweeping the globe and leading to large event cancellations and countries imposing quarantine orders in certain regions in an attempt to help contain the virus.
“This influenza, which is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective,” Bakker asked during the Feb. 12 broadcast.
Sellman, a naturopathic doctor, replied: “Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested against this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours.”
The Silver Solution was priced at over $80 on the show.
The lawsuit names both Bakker and Morningside Church Productions as defendants. Bakker’s organization is headquartered in Blue Eye, Missouri, an incorporated village that is part of the Branson Micropolitan Statistical Area.
“Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions has an opportunity, in a pretty short timeframe, to answer certainly the allegations that we’ve made and it’d be our hope that they no longer represent that this ‘Silver Solution’ can cure the coronavirus,” Schmitt said in an interview with Ozarks First on Tuesday.
Other federal and state government entities have also taken action against Bakker.
The Food and Drug Administration and the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James have both sent cease and desist letters to Bakker after his program aired. The FDA letter stated that no known vaccination or over-the-counter treatment exists to treat the coronavirus.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter