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Finally, we have some good news in a year that's thus far been filled with a nearly wall-to-wall bombardment of abject shit. Jim Bakker, a fraud-convicted televangelist, has been sued by the state of Missouri for peddling wholly fake items under the guise of being a "cure" for the coronavirus.
The state's suit follows a warning from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, per CBS News, in which Bakker and his godboi team were told to cease the selling of faux cures.
"The FDA has determined that your website offers products labeled to contain silver, such as 'Silver Sol Liquid,' for sale in the United States and that these products are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-191 in people," the FDA's letter to the so-called Jim Bakker Show, dated March 6, said. "FDA has determined that these products are unapproved new drugs sold in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act."
The letter also made note of the fact that there currently exists "no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges, or other prescription or over-the-counter products" that have been found to treat or cure COVID-19.
The state's suit is against Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, with the accusation being that the team violated their Merchandising Practices Act by way of "falsely promising" that the product in question could "cure, eliminate, kill, or deactivate" the coronavirus. Additional baseless claims made by Bakker in connection with the substance include totally-made-up bullshit about the ability to annihilate SARS and HIV.
Missouri officials have also requested for a temporary restraining order as part of an effort to block Bakker from the continuation of such substance peddling. There's even more to all of this, of course, and it's all merely a click away.
And for what it's worth, if you ever see a mega Jesus-y dude a la Jim Bakker on TV urging you to drink some bizarre silver concoction, please don't listen.