O’FALLON, Mo. (AP)– Missouri-based TELEVISION pastor Jim Bakker is asking a judge to dismiss a state lawsuit implicating him of incorrectly declaring that a health supplement might cure the coronavirus, and the attorney representing Bakker is former Gov. Jay Nixon.
Republican Politician Missouri Chief Law Officer Eric Schmitt took legal action against Bakker and Morningside Church Productions Inc. in early March. Schmitt looked for an injunction ordering Bakker to stop offering Silver Option as a treatment for the coronavirus on his streaming TELEVISION program, The Jim Bakker Show. The lawsuit stated Bakker and a visitor made the cure claim throughout a program on Feb. 12.
In a court filing on Monday, Nixon– a Democrat who served 2 terms as guv prior to leaving office in 2017, and 2 terms as chief law officer prior to that– called the lawsuit an attack on Bakker’s religious freedom.
“Jim Bakker is being unfairly targeted by those who want to crush his ministry and force his Christian television program off the air,” Nixon stated in a declaration. “The video recording of The Jim Bakker Show clearly shows the allegations are false. Bakker did not claim or state that Silver Solution was a cure for COVID-19.”
Schmitt wasn’t alone in pursuingBakker In March, U.S. regulators warned Bakker’s business and 6 others to stop offering products utilizing what the federal government called false claims that they might deal with the coronavirus or keep people from capturing it. Letters sent out collectively by the Fda and the Federal Trade Commission alerted the business that their items for dealing with COVID-19 were deceitful, “pose significant risks to patient health and violate federal law.”
Nixon stated Bakker instantly abided by orders to stop providing Silver Option on his show and ministry website.
There are no authorized treatments for the brand-new infection. Possible treatments and vaccines now in screening won’ t be all set for numerous months or perhaps years.
Nixon stated Schmitt’s lawsuit broke Bakker’s constitutional right to totally free speech, in addition to the Missouri Constitution and the state’s Religious Freedom Repair Act. He stated silver items are typically cost stores and online.
“Targeting a Christian pastor, who has been using and offering the product for the past 10 years, is not supported by the facts or the law,” Nixon stated.
Schmitt’s spokesperson, Chris Nuelle, declined comment, mentioning the continuous lawsuits, “except to say we stand by our lawsuit.”
The hour-long Jim Bakker Show is recorded in southwestern Missouri.
Nixon is now a partner in the St. Louis law office Dowd Bennett, which together with the Kansas City- based company Spencer Fane is representing Bakker in the event.
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