Friday, February 05, 2010

Why do people have to DIE before con men go to jail?

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Months after authorities focused a homicide investigation on James Arthur Ray, the motivational speaker was indicted on manslaughter charges that could land him in prison and topple his self-help empire.

Ray was arrested Wednesday in Prescott, Ariz., on three counts of manslaughter for deaths of participants in a sweat lodge ceremony he led in northern Arizona last year.

Ray has built a multimillion-dollar empire as a self-help superstar who teaches people about financial and spiritual wealth, and uses free seminars to recruit followers to more expensive events. He soared in popularity after appearing in the 2006 Rhonda Byrne documentary "The Secret," and he later was a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live" to promote it.

"The Secret" was a steaming pile of BULLSHIT. We arrest people for fraud when they fraudulently sell the Brooklyn Bridge. Why do we not arrest people for fraud when they sell a scheme for success that is a complete fucking LIE? Seems to me, three people are dead because our society tolerates fraud when it's disguised as spirituality. Can we please stop doing that? Thanks.