Anthony Collins defends Baptist Church against ex-footballer's claims

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  • I am sure the church will be applying to have this action struck out - what a farce

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  • I too would have made it, but for the church. I was forced to retire at the age of 3 when a vicar explained to me that professional football is a precarious career option.

    Eleven years later I developed very firm thighs and excellent arial prowess. Alas, neither of these proved particularly useful in the textile business.

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  • How is this a story? Most clients have been served with absurd claims that get struck out that are just as or more ridiculous than this. Never heard of this firm and this is the easiest defence job going.

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  • Anonymous | 13-Mar-2012 9:54 pm
    Agreed. This is nonsense. It's purely because this litigant mentions football that it makes the press. I once had a claim struck out by a litigant in person who claimed the CIA were trying to contact him via the TV! Funnily enough, it doesn't appear on my CV!

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  • He should get Alexander Mercouris to represent him - http://www.thelawyer.com/barrister-who-forged-baroness-hales-signature-struck-off-by-bsb/1011771.article

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  • I quit the Catholic Church I was born into to become a Jehovah's Witness at the age of 15/16 but will not blame anyone for any reason. Religion is a personal thing and it is done willingly and without coarsion. You are ultimately responsible for your personal lbeliefs. Hence the need to "make sure of all things" and hold onto the one you consider to be good for you. No Church can force a 25 year old footballer to join them. This looks like an easy case to defend.

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  • Hang on a minute.. isn't this story from Ally McBeal?

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  • I think he would have a better claim for brainwashing if he was subjected to regular sunday morning sermons. While he is responsible for his own beliefs it is a relief to see in print what every rational and educated person knows: that the Bible is a load of faerie tales written at a time when the only way to control the mob was to scare them into submission with the threat of an eternal life burning in hell. I personally would love to see the validity of the bible and its so called teachings tested in the court and all those that peddle it and make a fortune in the process, tried for running cults.

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  • Is this really a case in the technical term? Retroactive damages for bad options in the professional life due to a lack of informed decision making process due to possible long-term mental incapacity? Are we in the nonsense era lacking everyone's common sense to make news especially among high intellectual elite once and generally called attorneys at law, re barristers and solicitors, to read about insane litigators, who may have read upside down Franz Kafka's The trial's book?

    Absolutely waste of precious court time, proceedings and taxpayer's money in recession times.

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  • This is a vexacious and frivolous suit. I hope the church recovers the cost of the suit against him at the end of it all.

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  • Disagree. It is high time some of these Churches were sued for fraudulently extracting money and wasting time with false promises.

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  • Wonders shall never cease!
    But I have heard this all before... I was in Wandsworth County Court earlier this month and overheard a gentleman asking the court office worker whether he could bring a claim against his local church for making him lose his job and girlfriend and for generally ruining his life. He felt he had been brainwashed and suffered psychiatric harm and felt the church should "pay" for what it had done.
    Well the psychiatric illness part was quite clearly true...
    As annoying as it is, the court has a duty to give them air time which we should welcome. But only 5 minutes of air time please,

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  • Jonathan Edwards should withdraw this action and simply be content with having been triple jump champion.
    I bet the Baptist Union of Great Britain are over the moon with this publicity.

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  • I can't see what his chosen religion has to do with his inability to become a professional footballer. Admittedly there are some Christian sects that insist no work on a Sunday, but most of us a more enlightened. A day of rest every 7 is food for body and soul whatever ones beliefs.

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