Can holy water cure the Swine Flu? Spolier Alert: No, but that won't stop some from selling it.

As can be demonstrated throughout history, religions do all they canto insert themselves into aspects of people's lives in which they have no business. "Good parents" bring their children to church; How many catholic hospitals are there around the U.S.?, How many religious schools?

There was a time when medical health and "spirituality" went hand in hand. Most 'hospitals,' which at that time were places for poor people to die, were attached to monasteries.

Of course, leaps and bounds were made in the medical community once the health care started relying on science and not gods or other hocus-pocus. Sadly, there are still those who believe that religious organizations are somehow the most trustworthy source of medical aid. Take this story from the Associated Press. It seems, with all the recent... right here on the ol' internet.

Among the fear-mongering scammers the AP points to is one called Secrets of Eden, and you'll never guess their angle.

Secrets of Eden sells supplements and oils with a biblical flair, said its general manager, Rick Strawcutter, a former pastor in Adrian, Mich. The staff "got a little carried away" on marketing for one product and "drew the ire of the FDA," he said.

Here's the product they were 'a little carried away' about (once the AP pointed to it as a scam, of course)

Be sure to take note of how carefully worded Pastor Strawcutter's response is. "Drew the ire of the FDA." Almost as if he's reminding people that they can't trust this government, you know the one with that different looking fellow in charge. That massive, scary government organization that swoops in and shuts down the poor little businessman just for drawing their ire is loaded with bureaucratic scientists types and who knows what they do? I mean, they're nerds anyway, right? But, on the other-hand, while we don't have a bunch of fancy-schamncy, big city, high-paid doctors and lawyers, what we have is the word "Bible" attached to our product. And, since the Bible is the infallible word of God, how could God forsake this product?

And so we arrive at yet another harm of religious belief: Attach the word bible to a worthless product, exploit people's fears of things they don't understand (like real science), sit back and watch the cash flow roll in and if you can do it on a fad health-scare like swine flu, ooo boy did the scam gods ever smile on you. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

EDIT 1: Strawcutter pedals all kinds of quick-fix solutions in all kinds of outfits. Here he is again, not dressed as a pastor or a doctor, but this tim... And he's a man of God! Truly a trustworthy source in any hat, right?

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Comment by Billy Deaton on October 24, 2009 at 4:40pm
Well, at least the snake oil salesman really will sell you snake oil, even if it doesn't do what he claims it will. Pastors and priests sell you nothing, claim to have given you something that you can experience, but only after you die — you know, when refunds are impossible.
Comment by Michael Howard on October 24, 2009 at 9:06am
Preacher, Pastor, Priest= Huckster, charlatan, snake oil salesman. Always has been, always will be.



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