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Stevehill's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by Stevehill

It's a great piece but the comments under it are all three years old...

Even so, as regards:

I get angry when advice columnists tell their troubled letter-writers to talk to their priest or minister or rabbi... when there is absolutely no legal requirement that a religious leader have any sort of training in counseling or therapy.

And I get angry when religious leaders offer counseling and advice to troubled people -- sex advice, relationship advice, advice on depression and stress, etc. -- not based on any evidence about what actually does and does not work in people's brains and lives, but on the basis of what their religious doctrine tells them God wants for us.

... I've asked this before but is anyone aware of any religion, anywhere, being sued (hopefully successfully) for further fucking up someone's life with unqualified "counselling"? There's a lot of it about. Surely some of this stuff is actionable?

It would appear to be a reasonable way to shut them up for a while...

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:42:33 UTC | #532108