Saturday 16 June 2012

Breaking the Law for God

While shopping today in High Wycombe, I was handed this leaflet:-

By these people:

Their claim is that:  If you suffer from Cancer or indeed any illness, you are invited to sit down in one of their chairs and allow God to heal you... while they pray.

The Cancer Act 1939 states:-

"No person shall take any part in the publication of any advertisement containing an offer to treat any person for cancer, or to prescribe any remedy therefor, or to give any advice in connection with the treatment thereof".

If any person contravenes any of the provisions they shall be liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 3 months.

The Cancer Act of 1939 defines the possible legal defences for persons charged with contravening the Act. The Persons charged must prove they are:-
  • Members of either House of Parliament or of a local authority or of a governing body of a voluntary hospital.
  • Registered medical practitioners;
  • Registered nurses;
  • Registered pharmacists and persons lawfully conducting a retail pharmacy business in accordance with section 69 of the Medicines Act 1968
  • Persons undergoing training with a view to becoming registered medical practitioners, registered nurses or registered pharmacists

or that:
  • the said advertisement was published only in a publication of a technical character intended for circulation mainly amongst persons of the classes mentioned in the last preceding paragraph or one of some of those classes.

The Act states:
"it shall be the duty of the council of every county and county borough to institute proceedings under this section".

the expression “advertisement” includes any notice, circular, label, wrapper or other document, and any announcement made orally or by any means of producing or transmitting sounds".

Clearly this religious group are simply using the desire for a cure for Cancer or any other illness as a marketing tool to promote, evangelise and proselytise their own brand of religion.

They are offering this service in a busy shopping centre less than half a mile from a busy hospital full of ill people. Surely if their intent was to heal the ill, they would be providing this service in the hospital where people suffering from Cancer would be only too pleased to have a same-day cure.

However, they choose to provide this service to healthy Saturday shoppers who's illness seems to be that they have a God shaped hole in their hearts.   

I may need to have a word with the ASA, the local Council and maybe Hayley Stevens. Oh yes... as the Law of the Land is being broken, maybe the police....


Monday 4 June 2012

Skepticule Extra Podcast #27


Skepticule Extra shownotes for episode 027 20120520

This is the twenty-seventh episode of Skepticule Extra — otherwise known as the triPPPle Paul podcast.

Paul Baird
Patient and Persistent

Paul Thompson ("Sinbad") 
The Skeptical Probe

Paul S. Jenkins
Notes from an Evil Burnee

Many thanks to James Croft for being our guest for this episode

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