Unfulfilled hope

PUBLISHED: 13:25 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 May 2010

HAVING previously accused me of being a little unfair to Jim Frost, Joy Slowley (I am presuming that this is the same person as Jay Slavley (8 February 2007) and note that my own name was also misspelt), now (22 February 2007) charges me with having m

HAVING previously accused me of being "a little unfair" to Jim Frost, Joy Slowley (I am presuming that this is the same person as Jay Slavley (8 February 2007) and note that my own name was also misspelt), now (22 February 2007) charges me with having "misunderstood" him and that s/he doesn't think that "Jim made any specific claims as to any particular healing, he was simply trying to convey that anyone can be healed, whatever their state of health, through the power of prayer" (my emphasis).

I'm unclear as to how these latest comments actually advance the discussion as they essentially repeat what I found so objectionable in the original report on the activities of Ely's Healing Rooms. In essence, this is that the use of such extreme generalised comments as that quoted above, without clear definition of terms or any substantive evidence to support them, is highly inappropriate, if not actually irresponsible, especially as they have an understandable appeal to those who are already in a vulnerable and weakened physical, emotional or mental condition as the victims of severe illness, their family or friends.

Whilst I am prepared to accept that the motivation of those making such claims is sincere and driven by a desire to help others, my view remains that their activities are somewhat more than "a little unfair" in offering unsubstantiated (and, unless they can provide evidence to the contrary, unfulfilled) hope to individuals at the time of their greatest anguish.

WILLIAM STACEY

Tower Court

Tower Road

Ely

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