At least three people in London with HIV have died after they stopped taking life saving drugs on the advice of their Evangelical Christian pastors.
The women died after attending churches in London where they were encouraged to stop taking the antiretroviral drugs in the belief that God would heal them, their friends and a leading HIV doctor said.
"It's just wrong, bad advice that should be confronted," said the Tory peer, who chaired last month's House of Lords committee into HIV.
Jane Iwu, 48, from Newham, east London, described one case, saying: "I know of a friend who had been to a pastor. She told her to stop taking her medication - that God is a healer and has healed her."
"This lady believed it. She stopped taking her medication. She passed away," said Ms Iwu, who has HIV herself.
It is like saying drink the kool-aid. When will people stop and see that science is a truism and the most organized religious groups are nothing more than cults? Do you believe Scientologists are as deeply religious and devout to "God" as you? How about Mitt Romney and that "Mormon" church? Or those pesky Muslims in Iran?
Personally I like the idea of worshipping the goddess Venus much more alluring.