A while back, I blogged about my disappointment over the British government employing a ‘psychic’ to de-haunt a home. Now, that very same government is implementing new laws that protect gullible consumers from supposed fortune tellers, mediums, spiritual healers, etc. The new laws require such ‘psychics’ to demonstrate the efficacy of their trade before selling products or services.
Not surprisingly, the bullshit artists are complaining about the new laws. An astute observer might note that they have nothing to fear if their products and services actually work. So why are they protesting? It’s likely because most of them know it’s bullshit and fear that their ill-gotten income will be lost.
If I’m giving a healing to someone, I don’t want to have to stand there and say I don’t believe in what I’m doing,” said Carole McEntee-Taylor, a healer who co-founded the Spiritual Workers Association.
“I’d rather keep that to myself,” she may as well have added.
Many of con-artists are claiming these laws amount to religious discrimination. I’m sorry, but being religious doesn’t not exempt you from consumer protection laws or any other laws for that matter.
This is a small victory for evidence-based policy advocates!