Televangelist sued for claiming God cured her brother of cancer
A televangelist is being sued by her nieces and nephews for claiming that their father, her brother, was cured of his cancer by the power of prayer and the will of god. How is it that they can prove that it wasn’t god who cured him? Because he’s dead.
Darlene Bishop apparently convinced her brother Darrell “Wayne” Perry to go off the chemo. He went into (probably spontaneous) remission, and Darlene claimed it to be the work of god. They toured, she wrote a book, money was made. Months later, he was dead.
Of course, as support for her actions, Darlene also claims that the devil gave her breast cancer because she refused to stop preaching when he told her to. For pain medication, she wrote scripture on paper and put it in her bra, and prayed to god to heal her. God eventually did. Of course, the fact that her symptoms included bleeding could point to a number of other causes besides cancer, including infection or absess, which could clear up spontaneously or if she just took some antibiotics. She also doesn’t say that she ever went to a doctor and received a diagnosis of cancer. Her brother, on the other hand, was diagnosed with throat cancer and was undergoing chemo. There was no doubt that he was going to die if he didn’t get treatment.
According to her family, her brother’s death may have been averted if not for her interference, and are arguing wrongful death. I sincerely hope they win.