Lay your hands on the TV and you shall be cured? How about investigated? How about ceased?
TV shows made in London that encourage viewers to believe they are cured of life-threatening illnesses by prayer have been condemned by charities.
Charities criticised an episode of the Miracle Hour show, on Faith World TV, during which a diabetic caller was told he was “set free” from the disease.
“It is particularly dangerous and puts his life at risk,” said African Health Policy Network head Francis Kaikumba.
A diabetic called phoned in and was given these instructions:
Bishop Simon told him to lay his hand on his leg and said: “I cause diabetes to die in your body.
Mr Kaikumba said: “The clip is worrying. Bishop Simon claims to have removed the illness from the caller, insinuating he has been cured.”
In other examples, Simon tells a woman she has the power to exorcise demons. And another where he tells a caller that a relative will be cured of her cancer.
Not only does this provide false hope, says a quote in the article, but it is “shocking, dangerous and misleading for the patient”.
The Network broadcaster says the program is designed to provide encouragement in faith and is no worse than other such programs. Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, is getting an earful.