2020-05-08 04:50:41 UTC
The disgraced holy roller is battling the state of Missouri and a new
class-action lawsuit seeking to ban him from peddling a bogus cure for
coronavirus and HIV.
Televangelist Jim Bakker is fighting the state of Missouriand now a
class-action lawsuitfor the right to continue peddling a phony COVID-19 cure.
The Missouri Attorney General sued the 80-year-old Bakker to stop him and his
company from promoting and selling Silver Solution, a product his TV show
falsely claimed could cure coronavirus, HIV, SARS, and other illnesses.
On Monday, Bakker filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds of First Amendment
and religious freedom. That filing included a declaration from one of Bakkers
employees, who said the TV pastor feels divinely inspired to bring the silver
mixture to the masses.
But Bakker is also battling a class-action lawsuit over his sale of the
concoction, The Daily Beast has learned. The complaint, filed in late March by
Missouri resident Ronnie Karin, accuses Bakker and his Morningside Church
Productions of common law fraud, unjust enrichment and of violating consumer
Karin said he purchased Silver Solution from December 2019 through March 2020
after Bakkers TV show claimed the product could treat not only COVID-19, but
also SARS, H1N1, and cold and flu symptoms.
It makes it all the more egregious, Tim Dollar, a lawyer for Karin, told The
Daily Beast. You have a situation where a product is already on the market and
you seem to pivot its use to whatever the fear is, regardless of the scientific
Karin relied on the bottles all natural and clinically tested labels. But,
according to his lawsuit, Silver Solution cannot treat or cure any disease, has
not been clinically tested for its capacity to do so, and is not all natural.
The Silver Solution bottle indicates its made of purified silver (50 mcg per 1
teaspoon serving) and deionized water, which Karins lawsuit claims is not all
natural because it is artificially created through a process of distillation
or reverse osmosis.
In answer to the lawsuit, Bakkers legal team denied Karins accusations and
said his claims are barred in part by the First Amendment. Reached by The Daily
Beast, the lawyers declined to comment on Karins complaint.
Bakkers church isnt the only one facing government crackdowns over dubious
COVID-19 treatments. A federal judge issued an injunction against the
Florida-based Genesis II Church of Health and Healing for its mineral miracle
solution (MMS) which the FDA said has a chlorine dioxide content equivalent to
Genesis II archbishop Mark Grenon claimed he wrote to President Trump about
chlorine dioxide before the president floated bizarre, dangerous treatments
during a press conference, suggesting that injecting disinfectants might fight
COVID-19. On Tuesday, Australian media reported the countrys health officials
are also warning about the dangers of MMS, as an international chapter of
Genesis II Church continues hawking the miracle cure.
As for Bakker, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued him in early March to
stop his TV show and website from promoting the supplement as a coronavirus cure
and from selling bottles in exchange for $80 to $125 donations.
Bakker also received a warning from the Food and Drug Administration and a cease
and desist letter from New York Attorney General Letitia Jamesweeks after
naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman appeared on his show and claimed Silver
Solution could eliminate [the virus] within 12 hours.
This week, Bakkers attorneys filed a motion to dismiss Schmitts case, saying
the TV preachers religious freedoms are being violated. That court filing
included a declaration from Maricela Woodall, the president of Morningside
Church Productions, which operates the preachers The Jim Bakker Show.