Is it possible that homeopaths in the UK have reached a new low? Can you even get lower than, say, selling sugar water to people in need of malaria vaccinations? Maybe!
Today, Sue Trotter of Homeopathy World Community posted a blog entry in which she suggests that she and her cohorts “play the race discrimination card” in order to weasel out of complaints filed against them with the Advertising Standards Authority. She quickly deleted the post, realizing either that A.) homeopathy is actually of German origin, B.) it’s a stupid idea anyway that belittles actual racism, or C.) anyone at the ASA could see this post and realize what they’re up to.
Luckily, some skeptic got a screenshot of it before it was taken down (thanks to @magicthighs for sending it to me). Click it to see it full size.
To catch you up, the skeptics of the UK have been waging an all-out war on homeopaths, reporting them for illegally offering medical advice and communicating with the general public to teach them that the basis of homeopathy is complete and utter bunkum.
Because homeopaths don’t have any scientific evidence to support their claims, they resort to tricks like this. Good job, guys!
I’ve typed a transcript for those who can’t see the image. All typos are original to the post.
+++[Complaints] About Homeopaths To The UK Advertising Standards Authority
Posted by Sue Trotter on May 12, 2011 at 3:30am in Social Media-Twitter-Questions-Answers-News
Chatting with my husband last night about the complaints by the Advertising Standards Authority here in the UK agans homeopaths, we think we have come up with a plan to put an end to this nonsense. We can play the race discrimination card if we get this right. Please bear with me whilst I explain.
If we can find some British Indians/Pakistanis or Bangladesh’s they can complain to the ASA explaining that homeopathy is a prefered system of medicine in their contries of origin, used to treat a wide range of illnesses. The current wave of complaints against homeopaths would therefore seem to be an attack on their culture and beliefs and therefore discriminatory. (I know homeopathy is not a belief system but many think it is, so why not use that to our advantage.) If we can get figures for the numbers of people using homeopathy as their primary healthcare in India and the rest of the sub-continent, even better!
They can also claim that it is akin to Christians claiming that Hindus and Muslims cannot call their beliefs a religion because it is not Christianity.
If they go on to suggest that the current wave of complaints may have been instigated by someone who has an agenda that is perhaps something other than scientific (just make a suggestion and leave it to them to work out what that agenda might be).
We would need to get a smart lawyer to draft the letter/s but if we could get the ASA to look at this as potential discrimination that may well decide to back off. If we can find someone on the ASA’s complaint list who’s family hail from the Indian sub-continent to complain they are being discriminated against, even better . . . and if the ASA find in their favour but still go for those of us of European Descent we can then go for a different race discrimination angle.
Got to be worth a try….you know how twitchy we are here in the UK at the slightest sniff of racism or other discrimination!
I am not sure how to co-ordinate this so have forwarded to a couple of homeopath groups and see what people think.
Time for homeopathy to stand up for itself !
with love and peace