Gorugeen writes:

Must get me in on this religion stuff. Great business. Saw this in the Swords Gazette.  Preying on the vulnerable to make cash or a genuine, if deluded, attempt to help folk?

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46 thoughts on “Snake Oil

  1. Starina

    disgusting predators. they’re implying that their olive oil can cure cancer, but not outright saying it so they cant be sued

    1. John Cassidy

      Not sure if you’re being facetious or not (my position on the autism spectrum makes it hard for me to judge sometimes) but I think you’l find the word you’re looking for is ‘predator’.
      BTW if you were being facetious, you’re hilarious. Genuinely.

      1. RandomNoise

        Emmmmm….. In that case I’ll go for “facetious”!!

        I promise it was on purpose – seemed like a nice way to conflate the religious overtones with the naked predator-ness.

        Thanks John, you’ve made my morning.

  2. Orla

    I don’t see anything on this ad that suggests a person forgo traditional medical treatment. Or that the oil will act as a cure. But let’s all rush to outrage anyway.

  3. Sheikh Yabooti

    But didn’t zombie jesus say “oil be back” as he jetpacked skywards? Eh? Eh? …I’ll get me coat…

  4. newsjustin

    Preying on the vulnerable. Mention of the “free bottle” makes me believe money normally changes hands. Special place in hell reserved for people who peddle nonsense, relying on the faith of others, for money.

    1. well

      IT’s a free bottle if you show to their event.

      And if you’re going to their event they you’re probably vulnerable.

  5. Daisy Chainsaw


    Walking by the building one day, I was handed a leaflet. Looking at it afterwards I realised that the UCKG Help Centre was in fact a Pentecostal church; UCKG stands for the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. The leaflet was promoting one of their services: “Friday of Breaking Curses”…

    Each day of the week different services are held in the centre: there are prayers for finances on a Monday, prayers for physical healing on a Tuesday, bible studies on a Wednesday and prayers for family and marriage on a Thursday at ‘Love Therapy.

    Here comes the religion bit – Like any other church, the Pastor asked us to donate money and followed this with a prayer for finances “Your weekly gift to god”

    Like any religion, it’s a money and influence grab.

  6. Junkface

    They know their market. Suburban middle aged women who believe in Alternative healing nonsense. There should be laws against promoting fake cures in magazines. They need to be saved from themselves

  7. Sheik Yahbouti

    If there was a hell, there would be a special place in it reserved for this type of callous exploiter of people’s desperation. I would see all of them, together with all the ‘mediums’, consigned to it in short order – after a suitable period of beating and torture of course

      1. Junkface

        Ha ha, I wasn’t trying to troll anyone. I was basing that on personal experience. This stuff (alternative healing, magic crystals, homeopathy) is hugely popular with Irish women of a certain age. I was shocked when I realised how widespread it is here. It took me a while to convince my own mother that was her friends were buying into was total fraud.

  8. Limey Tank

    Sure, don’t worry.

    She’ll be on the Late Late to explain herself; “I don;t know HOW it works…but it does! lol”

  9. Lorcan Nagle

    I’m always tempted to go and get one of these bottles of magic oil to keep alongside the Jack Chick comics I got from the Evangelical bakers who’re always on Henry Street, and the DVD of how evil psychology is from the Chursh of Scientology.

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