Also in defence of Tim Farron

I’m in a minority of two with Stephen Tall.

Need Healing? God can heal today! Do you suffer from Back Pain, Arthritis, MS, Addiction … Ulcers, Depression, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Paralysis, Crippling Disease, Phobias, Sleeping disorders or any other sickness?
“We’d love to pray for your healing right now!
“We’re Christian from churches in Bath and we pray in the name of Jesus. We believe that God loves you and can heal you from any sickness.

For a party founded (largely) by non-conformist Christians, there is a remarkably virulent anti-Christian tendency within the Lib Dems. Just mention the word “Christian” and they’re off on one. Mention an Archbishop and it’s Rantomania Day.

But still, it keeps their blood moving. – All good for the circulation, in moderation.

Tim Farron is perfectly entitled to sign up to protest at an Advertising Standards Authority ruling. It’s not surprising that he did, given that he is a faithful Christian – as was, by the way, our last President but one Simon Hughes.

You can see the “offending” advert above and it and associated material here.

As one of my favourite French and Saunders sketches goes:


Just take out the words “God can heal today” and I think the leaflet (aside from the website) would have been acceptable to the ASA anyway.

Personally I don’t agree with such an advert. Quietly praying for people is much better than going around advertising it. But it’s a free country. The Healing on the Streets group were within their rights to attempt the advertising. The ASA were within their rights to adjudicate on it. The MPs were within their rights to write a letter to the ASA. Various bloggers were within their rights to blow their tops at Tim Farron. And I am within my rights to write this. (Do you see a pattern emerging?)

But what a waste of good blood pressure all round…