Hypnotherapist posts message refusing to treat Muslims, then removes it
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Monday November 23 2015
The Rugby Advertiser reports on a hypnotherapist in Rugby who claimed on Facebook that he would refuse to treat Muslim patients following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The comment, which now been removed from the social media site read: “I’m sorry to say this, but after the Paris atrocities, I’m not prepared to treat any client of a Muslim background – English or Not. I’m so insensed [sic]that I would not be professional. I choose my clients to be the best to work with and succeed, but for the moment, my security and country come first.”
Christian Bell, who runs Rugby Hypnotherapy in Newbold on Avon, posted the comment on Tuesday 17 November, days after the Paris massacre, sparking an angry response online.
Bell has since removed the comment and explained to the Rugby Advertiser: “Following the Paris atrocity, I did make a comment on Facebook, simply exercising my freedom of speech. However, the same refusal would result from anyone who turned up late, drunk, on drugs, or in need of a good wash. The post has now been removed. I have nothing whatsoever against Muslims at all, merely anyone who feels that killing is justified in “The Name of” (insert cause/religion). There was nothing racist or hate-related at all.”
Mr Bell added: “I will continue to treat Muslims as I’ve got no problem with the community. I do admit the comment was made when I was very angry at my fellow man. Even therapists can get upset.”
Mr Bell’s post on Facebook followed that of a 43-year-old woman from Bicester who was arrested and bailed by Thames Valley Police last week after posting a message on Facebook stating she would no longer be taking bookings at her beauty salon from anyone who belonged to the “Islamic faith”.