James Randi now retired is a famous illusionist who has staked $1 million for anyone that can prove paranormal activity or psychic ability is taking place. Since 1996 the fund remains intact. He has devoted his remaining years to debunk supernatural claims with rational explanations:
There is a lot of credulity out there and what people really need to be convinced about is to think carefully before they commit to any belief. Expose every belief to the light of reason, discourse, facts, scientific observations; question everything, be sceptical because this is the only chance at life you will ever get.
That brings us to Sanal Edamaruku in India who, under blasphemy laws, is facing a potential court appearance for proving that a supposed miracle in a church was caused by a leak.
Like Randi, he is committed to rationalism and exposes charlatans that would fool those willing to place faith in them.
Mr Edamaruku would be happy to answer his accusers in court, confident that the Indian justice system will vindicate him. However the threat of peremptory imprisonment for an undefined period is a very serious one.
Just some of his supporters who have signed the petition, that can be found in the link above, for charges to be dropped:
You will be able to see Sanal November 21 in London.
UPDATE: 2/4/2013 New Petition to sign
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog
UPDATE 16/11/2012 James Randi discusses Sanal’s case here.