O’FALLON,Mo (AP)– Missouri- based TELEVISION pastor Jim Bakker hopes Arkansas’ lawyer general does not acquire individual details of his churchgoers members as part of an examination into his incorrect promo of an item declaring it treated the coronavirus.
Bakker’s lawyers stated Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s efforts were an affront to spiritual flexibility and “disturbing,” according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A civil action was submitted late last week on behalf of Bakker and his Morningside Church and Morningside Church Productions, less than 3 months after the state of Missouri took legal action against Bakker for wrongly declaring that a health supplement might treat the coronavirus.
Bakker asked a judge to dismiss the state suit inMay His item, ‘Silver Solution,’ is referred to as a colloidal silver, which is an item frequently offered on the web as a dietary supplement.
Amanda Priest, a lawyer general’s workplace spokesperson, stated Arkansas customers were “deceived” by Bakker and may have actually been hurt “financially and physically” by the pastor’s actions.
Jay Nixon, among Bakker’s lawyers and former guv, stated Rutledge’s information-seeking might set a hazardous precedent.
“It’s extremely disturbing that this is happening in America and especially in the State of Arkansas,” Nixon mentioned in a newsrelease “It’s a very dangerous and sinister overstep when the government demands the names, addresses and personal financial information of church members. It could be your church next.”
Another of Bakker’s lawyers, Derek Ankrom, mentioned that Rutledge’s pursuit of individual details “presents the question of whether a governmental agency may, in the name of ‘consumer protection,’ intrusively supervise, inquire into, censor or punish religiously-motivated speech of a pastor to his congregation.”
Priest stated the issue is public deceptiveness and not spiritual flexibility. She stated that though Attorney General Rutledge has a long history of defending spiritual flexibility from government overreach, at the exact same time, she continues to strongly combat versus those who would trick Arkansans into incorrect remedies and fraudulently take their cash.
Source: AP News