Meanwhile, now this here is some stupid shit. Excerpt:
A group calling itself Genesis II Church of Health and Healing plans to convene at a hotel resort in Washington state on Saturday to promote a “miracle cure” that claims to cure 95% of all diseases in the world by making adults and children, including infants, drink industrial bleach.
The group is inviting members of the public through Facebook to attend what they call their “effective alternative healing” at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth on Saturday morning. The organizer of the event, Tom Merry, has publicized the event on his personal Facebook page by telling people that learning how to consume the bleach “could save your life, or the life of a loved one sent home to die”.
The “church” is asking attendants of the meeting to “donate” $450 each, or $800 per couple, in exchange for receiving membership to the organization as well as packages of the bleach, which they call “sacraments”. The chemical is referred to as MMS, or “miracle mineral solution or supplement”, and participants are promised they will acquire “the knowledge to help heal many people of this world’s terrible diseases”.
In a world where people still profess belief in a flat earth, UFOs, chemtrails, Bigfoot and socialism as a workable economic system, it’s not so surprising that some morons would believe that drinking bleach can cure all the world’s ills. I mean, what do they put in water to purify it for drinking? Chlorine. What’s the primary component of most bleaches? Chlorine.
By that logic, since alcohol is used to kill germs, I should drink more whiskey and then I’d never get sick.
Here’s what I see as the real crime here, and it’s not mentioned in the article; I’m pretty damned certain that the assholes that run this “Genesis II Church of Health and Healing” don’t really believe any of this horseshit, and I’m damned certain they aren’t drinking this toxic crap themselves. They are soaking idiots for $450 each to drink bleach, and excusing it by calling it “religion,” which, of course, is crap.
Now, I’m a staunch minarchist. But even in a minarchist system there are protections against fraud. It’s important to remember that there are only three ways to conduct an economic transaction; by choice, by force, or by fraud. This is a perfect example of the last of those.