Politics and Faith Healing

In the category of strange, random things that come to our attention:

State Senator Ruben Diaz and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate – who is running for State Senate against incumbent John Sabini – somehow found their way into this video promotion for Dr. Jaerock Lee’s appearance last month at Madison Square Garden.

And we somehow missed it.

Jaerock Lee – also known as Lee Jae-Rock – is a faith healer who made into the local news recently when an embarrassed David Wright appeared, then renounced his appearance, in a promotional ad for the event. (Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams and Manny Ramirez also took part in the promotional campaign.)

In addition to the individual testimonials, the ad for the MSG event features a narrator saying this sort of thing: “In the name of Jesus Christ, the blind have come to see, the mute speak, the lame stand up from wheelchairs and all kind of incurable diseases, included AIDS, have been healed.”

Monserrate, in his brief appearance, said that he would “help get the word out to the people.”

— Josh Benson Politics and Faith Healing