Thursday, June 19, 2008

A hearty laugh always feels good for your health

In the UK (OK, under European Consumer Protection rules) a new law insists that psychics, clairvoyants, mediums, faith healers, etc have to add disclaimers to their advertising, 'admitting' that what they do 'is for entertainment purposes only, and has no scientific verification'.

I'll leave you to make up your own jokes, as the established churches and religions (not 'cults') seem exempt from this.

I'll simply offer one link (you can Google the subject for yerself), and recommend reading the Comments (far too weary of this stuff to actually bore you with my own routine...)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7351199.stm

"Under the 1951 Fraudulent Mediums Act, prosecutors have to prove the medium or healer had intended to be fraudulent in order to secure a conviction.
But under the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, which comes into force in the UK on 26 May, it will be the medium's responsibility to prove they did not mislead or coerce vulnerable consumers. "

So the churches 'tithing' the faithful, by promising an afterlife, doesn't count?

Doh, I said I wouldn't start a rant of my own... (Bill Hicks would have love this stuff - it could have given him at least ten minutes material).

I feel amused that they repealed The Fraudulent Mediums Act, though. Did the mere existence of that law admit that you could find 'real' mediums out there?

2 comments:

Ragu said...

"But under the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, which comes into force in the UK on 26 May, it will be the medium's responsibility to prove they did not mislead or coerce vulnerable consumers."

Holy shit! Guilty until proven innocent!?!

Setting aside the blaring hypocrisy (Ms. Cleo gets sued, Peter Popoff gets a yacht), and moving beyond the fact that I feel an overwhelming urge to physically attack folks who prey on the spiritual despair of others, I find this extremely unsettling.

Guilty until proven innocent! Man, ain't that a bitch!

Or doesn't the UK have burden of proof laws?

I don't really know anything about British Law except that John Cleese looks funny in a barrister's wig.

METHOD said...

uhm.......shit, thats cool.

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