Ernest Angley is an American television evangelist who has no problem asking for money up front. Gimme the money. What's wrong with that, you say. Don't churches ask for money every Sunday? Don't they pass an offering plate among the faithful? The truth is that everybody does. But Angley has a jet, the village preacher doesn't. Angley claims he can help cure "death diseases" like AIDS, the village preacher doesn't. To my knowledge, Angley hasn't scholar-shipped a single needy child, the village preacher has. The difference is important.
Ernest Angley has recently been promising Basotho that he'd cure their AIDS. Why would he promise that? In America, and in other wealthy countries, this kind of claim may very well serve to fill his offering plate, but in Lesotho the man certainly operates at a loss. Perhaps he's down there for publicity's sake. "Hey look, I'm here too, just like Prince Harry and Bill Clinton. I'm helping these poor souls, too. So you who are in a rich country, gimme more money so I can help more poor souls."
Idland looks at the situation from a closer vantage point, and warns that one of the effects of this "mission" is that less people will get tested, and the virus will get a break and spread.
People in Lesotho doesn't [sic] need a miracle worker. They need education, and they need compassion and understanding from their families and communities. The resources are there to help far more people than are seeking treatment at this time, but people need to take the initiative to get tested, to seek treatment. Miracle workers like Mr. Angley only perpetuate the stigma - they let people think, 'Maybe he's for real. Maybe I don't have to get tested now.' And the sickness spreads further [Source].
Indeed, people who are just beginning to see the wisdom of consulting medical doctors instead of sangomas, are now being told that they can get cured just like that. I say bollocks to that. From Maseru, the Angley troop headed to Bloemfontein. It seems like blatant charlatanry is illegal in South Africa. I'd be interested in finding out what happened in that country.
Some of Idland's commenters say things like, "Actually there have been medically documented cases of people who attended Ernest Angley's crusades that were indeed cured of AIDS / HIV;" but they fail to provide such documentation. Can miracles happen? Yes, I know they can. Can I provide documentation? I've never claimed I could, although I believe it may exist. The point is that [1.] if someone, somewhere, cures AIDS, we'd hear about it, and [2.] miracles are not remote-controlled like a TV set, they aren't penny-driven, they're emotional, rewarding and personal, and have very little to do with people like Mr. Angley.