Stopped in my tracks by this billboard in Finsbury Park.
If you can’t read the legend, it is thus:
“My son was born with a heart problem. After a party he started bleeding from the mouth. I rushed him to hospital and the specialist said he had 16 loose arteries. He went into a coma, his heart stopped and both his lungs collapsed. Doctors and specialists expected him to die. At the UCKG I was given some blessed oil to anoint my son wiith. Now that his heart and lungs are better I thank the UKCG for all the spiritual support I received. Julia Caro.”
I’m investigating whether this can be referred to the Advertising Standards Authority. I suspect they will get away with it, not least because of the very careful phrasing and punctuation, in particular the lack of full stop betweem ‘better’ and ‘I’.
The uckg church is famous for exploiting poor people by charging for their ‘chain of prayer’. In February 2000 they failed to protect Victoria Climbie from her murderers by offering to exorcise the evil spirits that were killing her – rather than calling in the police when shown a battered dying child.
A 1997 Belgian Parliament Inquiry Committee on Sects labeled the UCKG as a dangerous cult. According to the Committee’s report, the UCKG is out to defraud believers. The report said that “This is an authentic crime organization whose only goal is to enrich itself. This is an extreme form of religious merchandising.”… “[the UCKG] apparently seems to be a truly criminal association, whose only purpose is enriching [itself].”
Update, September – ASA upholds complaint.