"Jim Bakker during a PTL broadcast with his wife Tammy Faye, 1986" by Peter K. Levy / Public Domain

Have an STI? This infamous evangelical preacher wants to sell you a (fake) cure.

Jul 29, 2019

By Gwendolyn Smith

Jim Bakker — yes, the former host of the Praise the Lord (PTL) club with his then wife Tammy Faye Bakker who was busted for fraud and sexual misconduct in the late 1980s and early 1990s — has been making a comeback over the last few years, combining hard-right religious conservatism with “doomsday prepping” and good old-fashioned hucksterism. 

Alongside his support of President Trump and others on the right, Bakker regularly claims natural disasters such as hurricanes Harvey and Matthew, as punishments sent by God. He also sells goods with dubious qualities, such as buckets of freeze-dried food to help his followers survive the Biblical apocalypse.

One of the latest products in his arsenal is of special note, a supposed “Silver Solution” he sells for $125 that will cure your sexually transmitted infections.

“You know, the amazing thing is it’s safe for babies,” said Bakker while hawking the Silver Solution Combo Pack on The Jim Bakker Show. “It’s the most amazing product. It’s proven to kill every venereal disease there is.”

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One comment on “Have an STI? This infamous evangelical preacher wants to sell you a (fake) cure.”

  • Well, this is a throwback to the bad old mercury treatment that didn’t work and then killed the unfortunate victim. So now it’s silver. I wonder if the weird old Bakker charletans don’t mind taking a bit of their own medicine.

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