Lawyers for TV pastor Jim Bakker filed court papers Monday stating Bakker’s religious freedoms have been violated and urging a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the well-known minister and his ministry.
The lawsuit filed in March by Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges Bakker made false claims about a “Silver Solution” health supplement on an episode of The Jim Bakker Show in February. The complaint alleges Bakker and Morningside Church Productions made “false promises” that the Silver Solution—offered by the ministry—could cure COVID-19. Bakker and Morningside strongly deny the allegations.
“Jim Bakker is being unfairly targeted by those who want to crush his ministry and force his Christian television program off the air,” said Jay Nixon, Bakker’s attorney and former governor and attorney general of Missouri. “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. This case is about religious freedom.”
The motion to dismiss filed at the Circuit Court of Stone County, Missouri, states that the attorney general’s lawsuit—seeking a restraining order, permanent injunction and other penalties against Bakker—violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guaranteeing free speech, as well as the Missouri Constitution and the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Nixon described the complaint against Bakker and his ministry as “unprecedented” and disappointing.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Spencer Fane