Faith healer sues atheist video blogger for using science to expose him on YouTube as a ‘swindler’

May 12, 2015

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By David Edwards

Self-described faith healer has filed a lawsuit against atheist video blogger Stephanie Guttormson after she posted a video debunking his claim that he was a medical professional.

Guttormson, who is Operations Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation, posted a video to YouTube last December explaining why she was skeptical that Adam Miller’s 1977 near death experience (NDE) gave him special abilities to heal people.

“Let’s start by pointing out that the germ theory of disease accounts for how illnesses affect us,” Guttormson pointed out. “He makes this claim that these experiences in your lives and traumas create dark cellular structure — whatever that is — and that by invoking this magic spirit, it will come down and break up this — quote, unquote — dark cellular structure.”

“Sometimes we want the answers so badly and want to help so badly that we’ll believe just about anything,” she added in a subsequent video. “Usually out of fear and hopelessness and desperation.”


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7 comments on “Faith healer sues atheist video blogger for using science to expose him on YouTube as a ‘swindler’

  • Dark cellular structure

    eh ?

    Well I have heard of dark matter and dark energy, and even Heart of Darkness, but that’s a new one to me ! Who needs snake oil when you already have “dark cellular structure” ?



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  • @OP – “He makes this claim that these experiences in your lives and traumas create dark cellular structure — whatever that is

    Quite a few countries have prison services which provide “dark cellular structures” as habitats for charlatans and snake-oil salesmen!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Trudeau
    In November 2013, Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt and incarcerated;[7] and on March 17, 2014, Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.[8]

    Despite his imprisonment, infomercials for (and featuring) Trudeau continue to air on US television stations

    Unfortunately, business is business, to many US TV stations regardless of the criminal nature or dishonesty of the marketing!



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  • Game set and match to Miller. Thank you for pointing out that Guttormson is transgender. What a crushingly effective argument. What wonderful debating skills, It’s as if the spirit of the sorely missed Christopher Hitchens is walking among us. Clearly a woman’s opinion is never worth more than 50% of a man’s. Therefore as only “part” woman Guttormson’s must be worth even less. What a breathtaking intellect. Praise the Lord



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    aroundtown says:

    I wonder if his attorney advised him that he can be counter sued. It is not a one way street when it comes to the law, everyone can belly up to the bar for some relief. After he’s done with futile attempts to prove his claims in court it will be time for the other shoe to drop. Fairy easy counter suit with no need for material discovery so the time frame would be very short. It’s usually around this time that someone needs to keep an eye on the airports and ports when they try to slip out of the country in the dead of night to avoid detention or court ordered monetary relief.



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    Miserablegit says:

    Oh dear, I have been exposed – time to use the courts to save me only problem is you are likely to open up a shitstorm over which you have no control.



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  • aroundtown
    May 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I wonder if his attorney advised him that he can be counter sued. It is not a one way street when it comes to the law, everyone can belly up to the bar for some relief. After he’s done with futile attempts to prove his claims in court it will be time for the other shoe to drop.

    http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/criminal-offense/suing-for-damages-malicious-prosecution

    .Malicious prosecution refers to a criminal or civil case that is filed without an adequate basis and for an improper purpose, such as harassing the defendant, ruining another person’s reputation, or to knowingly place blame on someone other than the actual wrongdoer. If a prosecutor files such a case and the charges are dismissed, the defendant can sue for malicious prosecution and seek financial damages. The law that allows a malicious prosecution suit is aimed at preventing and addressing abuse of the legal process.



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  • aroundtown
    May 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I wonder if his attorney advised him that he can be counter sued.

    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/malicious+prosecution
    An action for malicious prosecution is the remedy for baseless and malicious litigation. It is not limited to criminal prosecutions but may be brought in response to any baseless and malicious litigation or prosecution, whether criminal or civil. The criminal defendant or civil respondent in a baseless and malicious case may later file this claim in civil court against the parties who took an active role in initiating or encouraging the original case. The defendant in the initial case becomes the plaintiff in the malicious prosecution suit, and the plaintiff or prosecutor in the original case becomes the defendant. In most states the claim must be filed within a year after the end of the original case.

    The public policy that supports the action for malicious prosecution is the discouragement of Vexatious Litigation.



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