'We cursed the cancer. It's dead': Religious satellite TV show 'Miracle Hour' is 'risking lives' by promising cures say charities
During one episode a caller was told to tell relative with cancer 'not to worry about anything'
Thursday 21 February 2013
Religious satellite television programmes made in London that promise viewers cures for life threatening illnesses through prayer have been condemned as 'dangerous' and 'life threatening' by charities.
The charities singled out the Miracle Hour show, broadcast on Faith World TV, for criticism.
During one episode, in which a caller is talking about a relative who has cancer, they are told "We cursed the cancer. It's dead," and later: "Tell them not to worry about anything."
Francis Kaikumba, of the African Health Policy Network, told the BBC the episode was: “particularly dangerous and puts his life at risk.”
The programme, which airs on Faith TV, is produced by the UK World Evangelical Trust in London, who told the BBC it was now under review.
Debbie Ariyo, head of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (Afruca), said the broadcast "gives someone who has potential cancer false hope".
Another example cited by charities featured Bishop Simon Iheanacho, who is chairman of Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs (Meca), telling a caller from London that he had cured them of diabetes saying: "I cause diabetes to die in your body. I lose you and declare you set free from the power of diabetes. Thank you heavenly father for this miracle right now over your life in Jesus's name."
The UK World Evangelical Trust told the BBC: "We are now reviewing our new programmes to make sure our standards meet good practice."
Miracle Hour is broadcast on the Sky platform. The broadcaster said: "Any broadcaster with an appropriate Ofcom licence is free to seek distribution over the satellite platform."
An Ofcom spokesman said: "Ofcom has very strict rules in place to protect viewers and listeners from harm and to prevent religious programmes from exploiting audiences.
"We have already issued a number of tough sanctions to channels in this area and are actively monitoring content to ensure that any breaches are appropriately dealt with."
Books And it is whizzpopping!
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
- 2 Novel Scarlett Johansson tried to ban, Grégoire Delacourt’s The First Thing You See, to be published in UK
- 3 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 4 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
- 5 Carol Vorderman reveals she is 'covered in burns' after she fell off her treadmill while running naked
Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
Friends fan comes up with horribly dark alternative ending to sitcom
Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
Dismaland: The artists doing cooler things than Banksy at his 'bemusement park'
Novel Scarlett Johansson tried to ban, Grégoire Delacourt’s The First Thing You See, to be published in UK
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs