Jim Bakker has spent this spring under more scrutiny than he has faced since his salad days in the 1980s. After he hawked a bottle of “silver solution” as a cure for coronavirus, relentless pressure from two state attorneys general and federal regulators forced him to take it off the market. Well, it turns out that Bakker is still paying the piper for his latest folly. He now claims that he can’t take donations via plastic anymore.
Let’s review. Back in February, People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch noticed Bakker and one of his guests, naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman, claiming that Bakker’s Silver Sol could eradicate coronavirus within 12 hours. Here’s the clip.
A few weeks later, New York state attorney general Letitia James told Bakker to stop hawking his silver goo as a coronavirus cure in a plastic bottle. The Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration got in on the act soon afterward, when it told Bakker and several other grifters to take their snake oil off the market. Less than 24 hours after the feds turned up the heat on Bakker, Missouri state attorney general Eric Schmitt announced he was hauling Bakker into court in order to stop him from hawking this so-called cure.
Ultimately, Bakker gave in–but claimed that he was doing so in the face of demonic attack. Uh huh. So protecting citizens from snake oil salesmen like you is demonic, Jim?
Pulling the Silver Sol off the market wasn’t enough for Schmitt. His office is still pursuing a civil suit against Bakker in order to make sure he doesn’t try to hawk fake cures again. But that isn’t the only headache Bakker faces. He closed Tuesday’s show by telling his viewers that he can’t take donations via credit or debit cards–at least for now. Right Wing Watch got a clip.
With his wife, Lori, on hand, Bakker claimed that the companies that process credit card payments to his ministry “have come against us” and cut him off. Lori claimed that the ministry is working to find another processing company. Until they have a way to take plastic again, however, the only way to give is by check–either by calling the ministry for instructions or sending one via snail mail.
Jim then claimed that the credit card processing problems have put his ministry in a major pinch. As he tells it, his now-former processing companies have simply parked recent payments and not forwarded them to the ministry because “the people may want their money back.” He claimed it was because “somebody told a lie about us.” Earlier, he claimed that he had never billed Silver Sol as a cure for coronavirus.
You’ll have to pardon us if we find it hard to muster any sympathy, Jim. For one thing, you did bill your silver goo as a coronavirus cure. And even if you are telling the truth, you brought this on yourself. Bogus coronavirus cures are popping up like weeds, and it would be derelict for the credit card processing companies to let these snake oil peddlers continue to operate unchecked.
So if you temporarily can’t take plastic, so be it. Maybe it will teach you a lesson about not taking advantage of people. After all, you obviously didn’t learn it when you were hauled off to prison the first time.
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