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Sunday, 5 August 2012

MP calls for ban on tattooed preacher who 'cures' cancer by kicking people in the face

There really are some wacky people out there! Today it was revealed that an evangelist who kicks followers in the face, claiming his violence will cure them of cancer, is to tour Britain this month. Do people like this really exist? It's enough for an evangelist to wheedle money out of unsuspecting victims (we've all seen the Steve Martin movie about such con men) but this is quite a step up to actually being physically assaulted at the same time!

Violent: Canadian preacher Todd Bentley with a follower at one of his 'healing' shows in which he kicks people in the face, claiming it will cure them of cancer

Unsurprisingly, this evangelist's proposed visit has provoked outrage and demands that he be banned from entering the country. Tattooed preacher Todd Bentley,  who as a 15-year-old was convicted of a sex attack on a boy aged seven, claims God uses him as an instrument to heal the sick, and is urging the frail to attend his shows. 

The former drug user, who is Canadian but based in the United States, even laughs about his ‘healing’  techniques. In one show he treated a man claiming to be suffering from colon cancer by planting his knee hard into the victim’s stomach. The man fell to the floor in agony.
Two questions naturally spring to my mind. Why would anyone, especially someone with an incurable illness, pay money to have themselves physically assaulted and thus hurt in order to rid themselves of this disease? And, secondly, who but a complete nutter would charge for such a service and laugh while administering it? The mind boggles sometimes, it really does!

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