Argentinian Pastor is Selling "Blessed Antibacterial Gel"
Mon, April 19, 2021

Argentinian Pastor is Selling "Blessed Antibacterial Gel"

 

The sudden novel coronavirus pandemic has caused people to start panic-buying. Some have hoarded basic necessities that would guarantee their survival for many months. In groceries and supermarkets, it would not be surprising to see that shelves, where alcohol and sanitizing gels are located, are now empty. Thus, some people are taking this opportunity to profit off of the pandemic, including an Argentinian pastor named Héctor Aníbal Gimenez.

 

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Also known as “Pastor Gimenez,” the Argentine evangelical pastor was reported to have been offering an antibacterial gel at the Temple of Waves of Love and Peace, located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Almagro. He was trying to sell “Blessed antibacterial gel” to his followers, claiming that it would protect them against the coronavirus. The pastor also said that the Bible itself states that for believers “all things are possible" and that he was merely encouraging people to keep their hands clean.

“I wish I could get antibacterial gel for all of you, to put it on all of your hands, but I have only twelve bottles available, and I want them to represent your family, represent those who can make a pact,” Gimenez said, adding “if they come here, they will have to give a thousand pesos.”

 

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However, Gimenez was caught on camera while selling the gel. According to Oddity Central, an online site that features bizarre events, unique travel destinations, weird inventions, freaky characters, odd art, and many more, a video went viral on social media showing him selling the blessed antibacterial gel at church meetings and asking for 1,000 pesos (about $15) per bottle. Fortunately, he was formally charged and is now facing between fifteen days to a year behind bars. But, the pastor denied all charges against him. 

 

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In a TV interview, Gimenez explained that he was sarcastic about the price and that he only used the gel during a ritual. “We were not selling the gel. I was about to anoint my disciples with pure tuberose. The pure tuberose was used to anoint Jesus when he had to die on the cross. The anointing is done with the grabbing of hands. I have to touch the hands of my disciples and, since you cannot touch people’s hands (due to the coronavirus pandemic), I used the antibacterial gel to put pure tuberose and anoint my disciples. It was just for them 12,” the pastor said.

 

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