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ETV promoting AIDS quackery - TAC

TAC
02 August 2010

NGO calls on broadcaster to stop running Christ Embassy's weekly info commercial

ETV must stop airing dangerous Christ Embassy commercials

ETV is promoting quackery by airing Christ Embassy's weekly info commercial at 7:30 on Sunday mornings. During the commercial the pastor who runs the church claims to faith-heal a number of diseases including cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Christ Embassy's website claims that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the proprietor of this church, can faith-heal HIV.

‘ETV's 3rd Degree has been outspoken against AIDS quackery and denialism and so it is disappointing that the station runs Christ Embassy adverts, which are quackery and a threat to public health,' says Nathan Geffen, TAC Treasurer.

Many religious organisations are playing a critical role in the fight against HIV and TB in South Africa, raising awareness, providing spiritual and emotional support to people with these conditions and thereby helping them to adhere to the medications which cure TB and suppress HIV in the blood to restore people's health.

This is not the case with Christ Embassy. By claiming to heal life-threatening conditions, Christ Embassy is leading people to believe that they no longer have to adhere to treatment or seek appropriate medical care.

Dr Graeme Meintjes of the University of Cape Town says that ‘Without treatment HIV and drug-resistant TB are fatal. I have direct experience of this happening: a patient with HIV and drug-resistant TB infection died after stopping medication for both these conditions. She had been doing well on treatment prior to joining Christ Embassy. The drug-resistant TB was transmitted to family members before her death, illustrating that there are also public health consequences.'

Andile Madondile, a TAC treatment literacy trainer in Khayelitsha, warns that: ‘If a person is told they have been cured from HIV they can stop taking their ARVs, develop resistance and get sick. They can also stop protecting their partners by stopping using condoms.'

In light of these urgent public health concerns, TAC lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) on 22 November 2009. ETV was copied on the advert. Under the advertising code, advertisements cannot make unfounded claims about treating or curing a disease listed in appendix F.

ASASA ruled on 1 June 2010 that the content was, according to ETV, sponsored programming and not an advertisement, and, therefore ASASA does not hold jurisdiction over its content. TAC is appealing the ruling.

On 29 March 2010 TAC sent a request directly to ETV raising our concerns and requesting that ETV cease running the commercial. We have followed up on this request, but ETV has consistently ignored it and is still running the commercial weekly. The first time ETV showed any interest in responding to our request was when an ETV representative contacted us immediately after our press alert last week. He promised to send an official response within 24 hours. Several days later we are still waiting.

South Africa is facing dual HIV/TB epidemics and therefore South African media outlets have a responsibility to promote correct information about prevention, treatment and care. The promotion of quackery by ETV is undermining these efforts. We call on ETV to cease airing the commercials.

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Note: TAC unequivocally opposes The Protection of Information Bill and the establishment of a statutory Media Appeals Tribunal. Our criticisms of ETV should not be construed as support for efforts to stifle expression and a free media.

Statement issued by the Treatment Action Campaign, August 2 2010

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Faith-healing
This is interesting; as it appears that the TAC is of the opinion that faith-healing is no substitute for ARV's. Is it a fact?

Withdrawal of the commercial may be viewed as an admission by Christ Embassy that the TAC is in fact correct. This in . .more

by Howard Klaaste on August 02 2010, 17:45
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Healings
so how exactly does TAC know that Pastor Chris's claims are quackery? Have they ever been to any of his world renowned Healing schools where medical proof is in fact provided?

by Andrew Weatherson on August 02 2010, 19:57
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Healing
‚TAC is just making a mockery out of itself....they should watch the program before it starts and read what they are saying.Higher life is not saying leave the treatment,watch with the eye of faith not of the critic.I hope you don't blame Etv again,when . .more

by Justice on August 02 2010, 22:32
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Healing
It is sad to see that this organization has no intergrity. Instead of rejoicing at people that being given a second chance at life - you find fault. Well, i've got news for you - Jesus is alive and still heals to this day. Maybe you'll need a miracle soon . .more

by Joyce van Wyk on August 03 2010, 01:04
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my health is in danger too
Every time this rotten, corrupt and criminal anc government gives an instruction to broadcast any message related to this rotten, corrupt and criminal anc government, my health and the health of many ANTI anc thinking people is suffering.
Do we not . .more

by fc on August 03 2010, 07:36
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Faith Healing
Hocus-pocus mambo-jambo! When will people ever learn that such matters of subjective philosophical inclination have nothing to do with a material objective existence. These peddlars of fear are only in it for the money. People must seek professional . .more

by Thlotlhalemaje on August 03 2010, 07:37
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TAC, u shud be ashamed of yourself
Jeremiah 30:17 "For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord."




by Faith on August 03 2010, 08:04
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We are tired of props
We are tired of ARV's, tired of TB's, tired of Cancer, Diabetis etc. We want JESUS to rescue His people. Go Pastor Chris go!! The stage is yours. Take the miracles to every corner of the earth. Go man of the supreme God!!

by sylvester on August 03 2010, 09:03
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They are the satanists
How can they resist God's power when he heals all sicknesses, If they finally remove this broadcast, those that are involved will die one by one as panishment from God because Pastor Chris is the servant of God and what he do, he do in the name of Jesus . .more

by Evans on August 03 2010, 09:29
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TAC is used by Devil
the bible says the god of this world has blinded the eyes of the people and this god is the devil,no doubt that TAC is one of the devil`s entity,how can you want people do die and not to receive healing,Jesus Christ is the same yesterday ,today and . .more

by sharon on August 03 2010, 09:52
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well done TAC
You have really brought the voodoo mob out of the woodwork

by amused on August 03 2010, 10:57
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EHH... TV
sabc 1 for blacks , sabc 2 for afrikaners, sabc 3 for blacks (being the majority they need extra representation) etv for coloureds( the ceo &most news readers are busheys)sabc technicaly bankrupt, etv floundering. what's the common denominator?

by UITGESLAAP on August 03 2010, 11:01
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Faith
Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. God is a great Healer and anyone who believes in God will receive the Healing. Anyone who is against God is from the devil, so if TAC is against God's work, is sent by the devil and remember the devil . .more

by Rachel on August 03 2010, 11:10
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Divine Healing
This is not the first time, Jesus too was accused, so was His disciples, Paul... Yet people's lives were greatly impacted and taken out of bondage by these great men of God! It's continuing, Pastor Chris is a man sent from God to give a meaning to many . .more

by Ingrid Ikwunze on August 03 2010, 11:14
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the truth
Go Pastor Chris, spread your delusions to people who cannot use logic and spend their lives in the service of a non existent entity instead of their fellow humans and the planet. It is a pity that ARVs don't cure people of delusions as well. It's all . .more

by The Truth on August 03 2010, 11:24
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Pastor Chris is a fake prophet
I am highly disapointed by e-TV for airing this fake prophet's shows. e-TV is known for exposing corruption. They should be ashamed of themselves for putting money before the well being of fellow countrymen and women. Chris' shows were cancelled in his . .more

by Minora on August 03 2010, 11:26
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Pastor Chris
I have been to the Healing School actually I attended Christ Embassy. People who seek healing go through 2 weeks of 'FAITH TRAINING" so they can receive their so called healing. Most of these people DO NOT get their healing and they are told its their . .more

by Anna on August 03 2010, 11:44
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Who claims?
You see, Christ Embassy preaches the Word of God and their report is on this basis - the Name of Jesus that heals even to this day. Those who hear, respond to the Word of God which Pastor Chris preaches and not claims - they believe and are healed because . .more

by Pule on August 03 2010, 11:49
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From the Holee Book The Bible
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed . .more

by Pastor Ray Mac Oily on August 03 2010, 12:43
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Who claims?
You see, Christ Embassy preaches the Word of God and their report is on this basis - the Name of Jesus that heals even to this day. Those who hear, respond to the Word of God which Pastor Chris preaches and not claims - they believe and are healed because . .more

by Pule on August 03 2010, 12:57
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pastor chris
when jesus wake someone from dead no one stop him so chris do what God taught u to do im ready for that to happen to me

by fortune on August 03 2010, 13:15
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Death
TAC does not understand the death & resurrection of Jesus Christ,that is why they want to stop Pastor from preaching the gospel. Jesus took our sickness and diseases. The Bible says, By His stripes we were healed. And to know that truth TAC, is when Man . .more

by Mimi on August 03 2010, 13:44
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nonsense
I think you're all delusional religious nuts (apart from the voices of reason), with all your bumbling gobbledygook about dead people rising, talking to this dead guy (who is past dead now by the way) who makes you better. I think the government should . .more

by Sanity on August 03 2010, 14:03
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cmon
I think all the religious faithful in this comments column are a bunch of delusional nutters. I hope the government builds more mental asylums so that you can be put in there and cured of what you are obviously sick from - delusion and religion. You can't . .more

by Sanity on August 03 2010, 14:12
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Nature's way .....
I don't see any problem with promoting quack cures. People stupid enough to believe them simply remove their stupid genes from the gene pool. Darwins law. Nature's way of ensuring that homo sapiens continues to evovle.

by Saffer on August 03 2010, 15:08
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TAC is run by Muslims - so it is anti the church
I believe that that church will save me. ARVs are the work of the devil. Give me an African potato and some lemon juice!! We all die anyway! Lets die believing!

by Happy Clappy on August 03 2010, 15:50
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This is really satanism
It's obvious that TAC want people to die not receive healing in order to get themselves money with the lives of our peoples.We all know that all 'SICKNESS & DESEASES' are devil's spirits.So God sent Pastor Chris to help in The Name of Jesus.Tac is against . .more

by Lulu on August 03 2010, 16:41
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Herd Immunity
@Saffer

Ordinarily I would agree with you, but unfortunately the human body is quite resistant to the abuse heaped upon it. The problem with the gene pool, is that people stupid enough to believe in these things tend to breed younger, and so . .more

by Herd on August 03 2010, 17:49
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meta choice
TAC want to choose which meta-analysis to accept. Genital mutilation good - parapsychology bad.

by ecomurph on August 04 2010, 04:44
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I attend Christ Embassy in Germiston
After the night of bliss in 2008, My pastor said, if u hear people taking us down, dont even try to defend our church, or Pastor Chris, You must just rejoice, and say something happened, thatswhy the devil is awake,a roaring...TAC you are the devil, and . .more

by Fefe on August 04 2010, 11:58
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All Sickness are plans of devil
1 Peter 2 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

I dont care about TAC's comments, all i care is the word of God that Heals the broken . .more

by Solly on August 04 2010, 15:29
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pastor chris
Pastor Chris,Just continue your works we know God is always with you,let the that believes continues and let them that dont continues.

by taiwo on August 05 2010, 18:46
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We were born beyond the battle line!
When anyone has a problem with us, that is, Christ Embassy, it means that God has determined to frustrate him. I assure U, anyone in TAC who is behind this abominable scandal will not be innocent; he or she will surely pay. We know what is written in the . .more

by T.G THEBE on August 10 2010, 16:43
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Thank u Jesus
Whether it is a man or devil trying to stop the work of God , it will come to nothing.Pastor thank u , for preaching the true word of God.We love u Daddy .
Saints keep on preaching the word of God,we were born for this course

by sydney on August 11 2010, 15:46
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Free publicity
Thank you very much TAC for making us aware that Pastor like Chris heals all diseases including HIV by the Power of GOD.thank you very much because some of us we dont have time to watch this in the morning so by showing this during the news time everyone . .more

by Hezekiel Maphopha on August 15 2010, 19:41
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The annointing
TAC- did ever wonder why people are falling when ministered by Pastor-just to teach u - that is the annoiting - the power of God.Hence if the power can cause one to fall , for sure it can heal too.
This man ,Pastor chris has been in the ministry . .more

by sydney on August 18 2010, 15:22
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jesus is the healer
jesus is the healer not pastor chris, TAC hands off

by oriel on November 24 2010, 12:33
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healing is real
fighting the move of God is the same as fighting God himself. i wonder if one will succeed in this battle. TAC is out of their mind. healing is real.

by Life on February 11 2011, 11:13
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he is doing the work of God
God can you anything to spread the word of God,so unless you study the word of God you will never understand what pastor Chris is doing,so pastor his doing the work if God thats all

by winnie mookamedi on February 11 2011, 11:15
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THESE DAYS ARE THE DAYS OF THE ANTI CHRIST
I can see and feel that the Draggon days have come, TAC MUST BE THERE when poastor CHRISS praying for the sick and will see that God heals.

by T.H.DIKO on February 16 2011, 15:06
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Advice
TAC, please get into the habit of researching about a particular topic before airing your veiws for or against it. 1) Pastor Chris is not a 'proprietor' who 'runs' the church 2) the Church does not 'claim to heal' all deseases, it teaches that the blood . .more

by The Oracle on May 21 2011, 18:05
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English
Every day l thing about my life and l no that he will better for tomorrow

by Ajibola ayobami on November 18 2011, 21:39
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Christ Embassy preaches the Word of God
Medical science is a great thing & doctors normally do the best they can with their own knowledge; but Jesus took all sickness & disease with Him when He died. Now the Holy Spirit is at work in the world to bring the knowledge of the Gospel, the good . .more

by John on March 01 2012, 22:20
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good work
TAC hasn't seen any thing yet . get ready 4 more ACTION.b'COS 1.JESUS IS ALIVE 2.the annointing has even more increased. and the guy called Sanity, get born again and xperience the annointing. BY THE WAY IT IS BETTER TO BE A FREAK 4 JESUS THAN 2 BE A TOOL . .more

by Kevin SonofélivingGod on April 27 2012, 22:03
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Power of the Holy Ghost
Its d Holyspirit working through Pst Chris that makes miracle possible. For this reason,miracles of healing must surely take place if only one will belive.For it is written any1 who calls upon d Lord SHALL BE SAVED

by Belief on September 12 2012, 18:01
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english
All the nation mast people belive in god

by james mwandha on August 29 2014, 11:32
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