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Can prayer cure illness?

23 March, 2014 // 5 Comments

If you happen to watch BBC1′s The Big Questions on a Sunday morning then you might have spotted me among the guests this morning. I was invited onto the show to debate the question ‘Can prayer cure illness?’ because of my involvement in the ASA complaint against Healing on the Streets in Bath. I was joined in the [...]

Bringing Bad Science to the Classroom

24 November, 2013 // 0 Comments

I recently held a workshop in my local library for children aged 10 years+ that was marketed as ‘How to be a Ghost Buster’. I taught the attendees how to spot faked ghost photos, misidentified ghost photos, and what a scientific approach to odd activity looked like. I taught them how dodgy human memory is, and we often see meaning [...]

Healing on the Streets: One Year on

5 February, 2013 // 2 Comments

In one weeks time a petition that states ‘I believe that God can heal’ will come to an end. Launched in early 2012 the petition calls on the UK Government to … ensure that publishing statements of faith is not banned. This petition is put forward following cases where the Advertising Standards Agency [ASA] has banned Christian [...]

I was right

1 June, 2012 // 12 Comments

In the piece I wrote for the Skeptical Inqurier about my encounter with ‘Healing on the Streets’, the ASA complaint and the following media attention I closed the article with the following quote. I think my story demonstrates one very important thing: standing up for what we know is right and speaking out against what we know is wrong [...]

An Outcome In The ASA ‘praying for healing’ Appeal

28 May, 2012 // 9 Comments

The complaint I made to the ASA about Healing on the Streets (HOTS) Bath was originally upheld by the ASA with the following:  The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told HOTS not to make claims which stated or implied that, by receiving prayer from their volunteers, people could be healed of medical conditions. We also told them [...]

‘but atheist Hayley Stevens…’

4 February, 2012 // 4 Comments

I recently wrote about the complaint I made to the ASA about a group of people who were making claims about treating specific illnesses through prayer. Since writing my blog post it was picked up by the media and just… well… exploded. Bath Chronicle | Fox News | Daily Mail | BBC News | Western Daily Press I know there is more coverage [...]