The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday admonished Nevada-based company Real Water for being uncooperative in a multi-state health investigation linked to its "alkalized" water products. The company is accused of poisoning its customers, causing acute liver failure and other serious health problems in adults, children, and pets.
On March 16, the FDA and the Southern Nevada Health District announced that they were investigating cases of acute non-viral hepatitis (resulting in acute liver failure) in five infants and children, all of whom consumed the company's alkaline water. The water was the only common link between the five children and infants. Since then, customers have filed several lawsuits making similar claims, including three Californian women who filed a federal lawsuit in Nevada March 22 seeking class-action status.
In an investigation update Wednesday, the FDA said its work has been hamstrung by Real Water's failure to hand over critical records for two of its product facilities. Real Water has also failed to notify its distributors of the March 24 recall of all its water products, which are still being offered for sale by online retailers, the FDA noted. In addition, the FDA reported that the company is still promoting its products on social media, despite the recall and serious health claims.
Isadore M. "Izzy" Chait, the well known dealer in Asian art and Scientologist OT 8 who fiercely defended the organization, died this morning of kidney failure at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 74.
Chait was born on April 21, 1946 in Germany and moved to Los Angeles as a child, and by 1969 was dealing in Asian antiques and art, opening up a gallery in West Hollywood and then moving to Beverly Hills.
But his later years were marked by a few different controversies stemming both from his Scientology involvement and government investigations of his legendary art gallery.
L. RON HUBBARD REBOOTS IN PHOENIX
When Ron Hubbard lost Dianetics to Don Purcell in bankruptcy, he suddenly had no income. However, he still had plenty of cash stashed away that he had taken out of the Dianetics Foundation. Russell Miller relates an incident described by A.E. van Vogt that occurred during the halcyon days of Dianetics in 1950:
But while money was pouring in, it was also pouring out and there was no accounting, no organization, no financial strategy or control. 'One day the bank manager called me,' said Van Vogt. 'He told me Mr. Hubbard was in the front office and wanted to draw a cashier's cheque for $56,000 and was it all right to give it to him. I said, "He's the boss."'
Religious organizations across Tampa Bay began cancelling services and prohibiting congregations in early March, even before Pinellas County issued its stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Church of Scientology, however, implemented an intense decontamination and cleaning protocol at its international headquarters downtown while continuing to sell spiritual counseling and courses to parishioners.
Video showing members of the Sea Org, Scientology's militia-like work force, packing a bus on March 21 went viral, and on Monday a reporter observed a bus parked outside of Flag with staff sitting shoulder to shoulder. Newly elected City Council member Mark Bunker, a longtime Scientology critic, asked the city to perform a welfare check.
2020-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
As always, Tracey McManus has the story.
I spoke to Tracey about this earlier today and she quoted me in the article. But I had more thoughts on it that she was unable to include. I also have a copy of Chief Slaughter's publicly available report.
First, this comes as a relief to me. My son is in this facility, so anything being done to mitigate the threat of this pandemic is very welcome.
We followed up with Mark Bunker today, and he had news for us about Scientology continuing to operate its "Flag Land Base" in Clearwater, Florida, where Bunker was sworn in this week as a new city councilmember.
Bunker told us that on Monday he had brought up his concerns about Scientology defying a 'stay-at-home' order with City Manager Bill Horne. Bunker also spoke with Police Chief Dan Slaughter.
"I spoke with Chief Slaughter on the phone and expressed my concerns about the buses and the crowded living conditions," Bunker tells us. "He investigated and wrote this detailed report to Bill Horne about the actions he took and didn't take. While the Fort Harrison Hotel and the Super Power building were inspected, none of the interiors of the berthing quarters were viewed because both City Attorney Pam Aiken and Chief Slaughter said they would need a warrant to do that."
GRANT CARDONE AND CARDONE CAPITAL ARE AT THEIR LOWEST POINT NOW AND IT COULD GET WORST. BE CAREFUL WHEN INVESTING .THIS IS MY OPINION YOU SHOULD DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. GRANT CARDONE IS A SCAM NOW & CARDONE CAPITAL ..ITS BAD AND FUNNY
We often say that what Scientology offers which appeals to the small percentage of people who become involved in it is this: Certainty.
Whatever the uncertainties in your life, Scientology claims that it has tried-and-true answers discovered by founder L. Ron Hubbard, and that any upset in your life can be solved if you just apply Hubbard's "technology" in the ways he intended.
Well, in the extremely uncertain times we all find ourselves in now, we're seeing Scientologists fall back on that premise — that they have the answers for any contingency and in fact are better prepared for this emergency than anyone, even as their orgs are mostly closed and, like most everyone else, they are stuck at home waiting out the health crisis.
(Cedars' vlog no. 263) What happens when a group of religious leaders regularly bombards their followers with HD propaganda videos of themselves? Inevitably, one of them will eventually get caught by a member of the public in a compromising situation. Enjoy the spectacle of Tony Morris, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, as you've never seen him before!
Many thanks to my anonymous contact for making this footage available.
2019-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The question as to how big scientology really is comes up often.
The organization does not make its membership figures known though they have a good count with the total number of IAS members. Of course even that is inflated as it is notoriously difficult to get OFF a scientology mailing list and as long as they can still send you junk mail you "count" on their statistic.
Over the years, spokespeople have variously claimed 4, 6, 8 or 10 million "members" but then refuse to define what a "member" is though a few times they have stated it is "anyone who had bought a book or taken a service EVER."
LOS ANGELES, California—At 6616 Sunset Boulevard, a few blocks down from major L.A. landmarks like Amoeba Records and the Hollywood Palladium, there's a white, sterile-looking building with modern angles and blue trim. At night, the place lights up like an '80s haunted house: backlighting posters of terrified faces, the crest of a shackled fist holding the scales of justice, and a red sign with Battlestar Galactica font, reading: "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death."
This strange little multi-million-dollar museum, which is free and open to the public seven days a week, is the brick-and-mortar front of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a "mental health watchdog" organization founded in 1969. The Commission was started by a Hungarian doctor named Thomas Szasz, author of a 1960 book called The Myth of Mental Illness. A virulent critic of psychiatry, Szasz spent his career arguing that mental illness was nothing more than a means of ostracizing outliers, and that treating it amounted to a kind of abuse. In his name, CCHR has spent 50 years lobbying against psychiatry by way of "investigating and exposing human rights violations in the field of mental health," according to its website.
Since 1969, the organization claims to have been involved in passing more than 180 legal reforms in the psychiatry industry; it has allegedly given free tours to more than 250,000 people (70-80 percent of whom are students, one staff member estimated); and it boasts ties to the NAACP—one of their spokesmen, Rev. Fred Shaw, serves as vice president of the NAACP's Inglewood/South Bay branch (Rev. Shaw declined to be interviewed). It is also—although the museum fails to note it anywhere prominently on the premises—entirely funded by the Church of Scientology.
Lloyd Evans revealed a surprising bit of video that came in from a tipster who had filmed a Jehovah's Witnesses governing body member, Tony Morris, shopping for Macallan Scotch at a liquor store at 11 am on a Sunday morning in Ramsey, New Jersey.
Lloyd explains just how rare it is to run into a governing member in the wild at all, but to see him talking about various brands of whiskey and walking away with hundreds of dollars of booze was really something.
And of course, Lloyd's take on it is priceless, showing a series of clips of Morris being imperious as a Watchtower official. We can't wait to see if the governing body will have something to say about it.
Marty Rathbun was the second in command to David Miscavige within the Church of Scientology. After Marty left, he became one of the top critics of the organization worldwide. However, Marty flipped back in good standing and began to make videos against former Scientologists that left many people scratching their heads wondering what was going on. I wanted to give an update on Marty in 2019 and discuss what others have been speculating in regard to Marty possibly rejoining Scientology.
The Los Angeles CountyMedical Examiner has identified the sword-wielding man who was fatally shot Wednesday by police at the Inglewood Scientology Ideal Org as Brian Statler of West Los Angeles, who was 30 years old.
Statler appeared to be a mixed-race individual who was listed as Black by the coroner. He was apparently from Kern County, California originally. In his social media, Statler refers to his involvement in "Illumination Entertainment," but it's not clear if he was an entertainer himself. His social media is shot through with references to "the Illuminati," an allusion to popular conspiracy theories about a secret world government.
We found one photo of him, from July 2015, with a samurai sword. According to his caption, he was showing it to a younger brother.
Rod Keller checks in with how the new Scientology Network is playing with Scientologists themselves...
The media buzz about Scientology TV is over, but members are being told the network is thriving and achieving all the goals set out for it. This is being played out in typical Scientology manner - through "Success Stories." They are the counterpart to the statistics given at major events about how many books were sold, or how many volunteers were sent to disaster areas. Scientologists must write a success story with all the details about how much they have been helped in order to graduate to the next service on the Bridge. Similar anecdotes serve to convince members that their donations are well spent to combat Black PR and antagonism, and that Scientology is constantly expanding.
It's true that many people saw and heard Scientology TV ads on billboards, online and radio. It's impossible to say if this "film coordinator" and "attorney" exist, but anonymous sourcing is typical of this kind of success story. The narrative is that network is succeeding in recruiting "allies," which is the main goal of safepointing Scientology. Recruiting new members is secondary to keeping Scientology safe from attack, which L. Ron Hubbard instructed is the purpose of safepointing.
As my introductory post mentioned, my goal in this series is to provide a historical perspective on money in the church in roughly three eras: the first era will address Hubbard's financial behavior up until the time of his final days; the second, David Miscavige's assumption of power and the 1982Mission Holder's shakedown, and third, money in the church under Miscavige following the Mission Holder shakedown up to the present day.
This historical arc provides a convenient means of analyzing the church's transition from its roots in providing Dianetics-based therapy into a pseudo-religious conglomerate with all the trappings of a cartel, or more so, demonstrating many of the characteristics reflective of a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) of significant proportions. Key to understanding any crime are the factors of means, motive, and opportunity. While the past certainly provides valuable context in understanding both L. Ron Hubbard's role and Scientology's means, motives, and opportunities for accumulating wealth, understanding the doctrine, ideology, and psychological profile of the church is also crucial. Thus the rigid adherence to Hubbard as "Source" for all of Scientology's teachings, doctrine and operational foundation, and the resultant cult of personality that compels its malevolent zealotry, are the nexus for its criminality.
Hubbard's Financial Motivation
2018-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
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I turned to Doug. "You never called an ambulance, did you?"
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2017-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Once religions reach a tipping point, they're hard to close down. After accumulating thousands of well-to-do followers, amassing a fortune in real estate, accruing Midas-like money, and establishing a worldwide presence, religions are damn hard to get rid of. Not only has too much been invested in the physical infrastructure, its faithful have devoted too much of their spiritual lives to let go.
The written word is more resilient than we mere mortals. Organizations can be demolished, its property seized, and all its assets given back to those who were duped. But unless society goes all Fahrenheit 451, it's nearly impossible to get rid of doctrine. Especially in the digital age when information is disseminated with the push of few keystrokes.
Scientology meets the above criteria. They have the money, they have the real estate, they have the members, and LRH made sure they have the requisite number of written words.
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
L. Ron Hubbard's list of characteristics for the "antisocial personality" seem to derive largely from Hervey Cleckley's earlier work, published as The Mask of Sanity. Cleckley laid the foundation for the contemporary understanding of the personality disorder, known elsewhere as psychopathy, sociopathy, and narcissism in its variants.
It is interesting to look at the characteristics in light of Hubbard's directives to the Guardian's Office – rebranded as the Office of Special Affairs, after Mary Sue Hubbard and ten others were convicted of burglary, breaking and entering, false imprisonment, kidnapping and theft (Thirty-eight others, including Hubbard and Scientology's lead attorney, Kendrick Moxon, were named as "unindicted co-conspirators" and there were also successful prosecutions in Canada and France stemming from similar conduct.)
Jeffrey Augustine is back, continuing on his investigation of Scientology's governing documents and what they mean for members and ex-members. This time, Jeff tells us about the thing every ex-member of Scientology should do as soon as he or she has decided to leave...
In America, freedom of religion is typically considered in positive terms: Americans are free to embrace or reject religion as they please. Monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, animism, and every other religious form under the sun are allowed to be practiced in America without any interference from the government.
2016-04-01, Patti Borda Mullins, Frederick News-Post
The Church of Scientology's real estate arm is continuing to lay the groundwork to sue Frederick County for religious discrimination if the Narconon drug treatment program is not able to operate at the former Trout Run camp site.
Social Betterment Properties International filed complaints in March with Frederick County Circuit Court to get all of the records mentioning Trout Run in the period of time last year when the county was deciding whether the property should be designated a historic site.
Social Betterment bought the 40-acre camp south of Thurmont in September 2013 to open a group home for drug and alcohol abuse treatment operated by Narconon. The Narconon program is based on the writings and techniques of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder.
The HBODocumentary called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has impacted the world like few other documentaries and is shaking up the Church of Scientology by exposing its abuses to everyone. Here are some of my thoughts on this and what actions we can all take to get its tax-exempt status reviewed and hopefully revoked for good.
White House Petition to revoke Scientology's tax exempt status: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/revoke-scientologys-tax-exempt-status
IRS Form 13909: Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf
For more articles and videos about Scientology and critical thinking, see my blog at http://mncriticalthinking.com.
2015-04-01, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The new documentary from Alex Gibney called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has now aired on HBO and the public reaction to this has been outstanding.
The night it aired, #GoingClear was a nationally trending topic on Twitter as people live-tweeted their responses. Other than the few Tweets that Scientology purchased to forward their own messages of hate against the people speaking out in the film, almost every tweet expressed horror and outrage that the Church of Scientology would do the kinds of things depicted in the documentary, and even worse, that it has the luxury of spending tax-exempt monies to do them.
I wrote a review of the film when I first saw it at an advanced screening in Austin, Texas. Now that it has premiered on HBO and I've had a chance to see it again, I wanted to give some of my thoughts as to the importance of this film and its multi-layered messages about not only Scientology but also the nature of belief.
Thanks to HBO's continual insistence on killing it in any given genre, the documentary Going Clear shocked the world last weekend with the revelation that an alien-worshiping religious group founded by a tax-evading sci-fi writer wasn't so great after all. Yes, Scientology sure is America's scary uncle, right down to the fact that it refuses to leave no matter how many court orders get sent.
So how is it that a group almost universally accepted as a grifting cult could still be able to operate legally? The reasons are more diabolically genius than you think, even if you watched the documentary -- because while the Church of Scientology is just regular ol' crazy when it comes to most things, it is crazy like a fox when it comes to legal matters.
#5. They Achieved Tax-Exempt Status by Bombarding the IRS
Catapulting from the success of Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton, who spent the past year filing 27 lawsuits against Scientology's drug rehab network Narconon, three attorneys who have watched Hamilton closely have filed a new class-action lawsuit against two Narconon corporations in California with two initial plaintiffs.
Indiana attorney David Miller, California attorney Michael Ram, and Seattle attorney Beth Terrell filed their suit in federal court in Northern California, and have asked for both national and regional classes to be certified as their clients sue for breach of contract, negligent representation, false advertising, and unfair competition.
In other words, they're hoping to add potentially many more plaintiffs around the United States who believe they have been harmed by what the suit characterizes as Narconon's deceptive business practices.
The controversial Church of Scientology has proven to be a ratings-magnet for the US channel HBO, with its documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, setting a ratings record.
According to overnight ratings data, roughly 1.7 million viewers in the United States tuned into the documentary which detailed, among other things, the shocking conditions for low-ranked workers in the church, and the history of its battle to win tax-free status.
That number is expected to double once subsequent broadcasts, DVR playback and plays on the HBO streaming service HBO Go are factored in.
2015-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
In light of the news that Going Clear is the biggest HBODocumentary since Spike Lee's Katrina doc nearly 10 years ago, and #GoingClear was trending on Twitter for more than 24 hours, it is enlightening to look at the scientology efforts to deal with the shitstorm.
Scientology bought Twitter ads — see this article in Adweek.
Of course, this was a massive fail. Sort of like their "advertorial" in The Atlantic earlier. It resulted in even more negative coverage. They are 100% tone deaf to public opinion.
VISION of a vandal who smashed almost windows at a city church has been released by police.
In the early hours of Tuesday, March, 18 an unknown man is seen causing damage to the church on North Terrace, according to reports.
The suspect was seen smashing approximately 30 windows and damaging a door.
2014-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I hear they finished turning the Oak Cove back into a hotel.
And its empty.
The big influx to Flag hasn't been so big. Now they have too many empty hotel rooms, too many idle Russian housekeepers and maids, and too little income.
This Thursday, a who's who of Florida big shots will hold a private, $1,000-a-head fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida and Gov. Rick Scott's reelection effort, led by a host committee that includes Mel Sembler, the founder of a notorious substance abuse rehab program that folded after allegations of extreme abuse were lodged against several of its facilities.
The program, Straight Inc., was founded in 1976 by Sembler, a developer, and his wife, Betty. In the 17 years that it operated drug treatment centers, Straight Inc. was plagued by news reports and at least one civil suit claiming that its staff kidnapped its adult patients and mentally, physically, and sexually abused their underage charges. Two state investigations substantiated reports of abuse.
Oh, you naysayers. Sure, you made fun of Scientology's new E-meters, the ones that were made years ago and then gathered dust in a warehouse. The gleaming machines that David Miscavige expected every Scientologist to buy at $5,000 each (and a second one as a backup). The machines that still, 60 years after Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard first introduced them to the organization, remain extremely simplistic contraptions that measure fluctuations in skin galvanism. Or, if you're a Scientologist, they read your mind! You cannot defeat them! They can see into your soul!
Anyway, the first reviews are in, and we are happy to announce that the Mark Ultra VIII E-meter is blowing expectations out of the water. How do we know? Because Bridge Publications tells us so!
2014-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I think this guy may already have attended Laurie Websters special course on how to fundraise (as opposed to reg).
His letter is chockablock with cookie-cutter "save the whales/children/environment/old people" fundraising promotion that appears to have been taken from some sort of fill-in-your-name-here text. If you cannot be bothered reading the whole thing, at least go to the last page. If you just want to see some of the highlights, look at the sections circled in red....
And just as a note, the furniture they are to purchase is dictated to them. They are not making "bulk purchases" — they just pay whatever exorbitant amount the Int Landlord office tells them is required if their planning ever gets approved.
Destruction is in its DNA
In this first of a multi-part series, I discuss the overall problem with Scientology and how its operating policies cannot help but bring about its eventual destruction as an organized religion.
See my blog for more details of my history in Scientology and my written articles describing specific problems with the Church and how I got out of it. http://mncriticalthinking.com.
This smoking gun is particularly redolent. As smoking guns go, this one is high caliber and billowing.
Scientology's drug rehab program, Narconon, is in serious trouble because of a series of patient deaths, government investigations, and civil lawsuits. And as we've pointed out numerous times, former Narconon employees and leaked documents have revealed that nearly every step of Narconon's business model involves some sort of deception.
Now, another stunning disclosure. Former Narconon employee Eric Tenorio has turned over to the Underground Bunker a remarkable e-mail written by a Narconon International legal affairs officer who admits that "we do not have scientific evidence of" the 70 percent and higher rates of success that the rehab programs advertise.
2013-04-01, Stephen Kent, Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion
This article examines the anti-juridical doctrines and actions of various religious and religiously-related sects and cults in the United States and Canada. When these groups reject the "rules of the legal game," they then follow their own laws, including ones about legal procedures and decorum. These self-established procedures and their related court decorum easily translate into outright hostility toward the law and those who enforce it.
2013-04-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
By Mike Rinder
This email was sent out on 7 March. Tony Ortega put it on his blog on March 13. However, I feel it bears a little more scrutiny as one of the most jarring emanations from the twisted world of the RCS (Radical Church of Scientology) in recent memory.
Apparently the sickening irony of it is missed by those in the bubble.
2012-04-01, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Many people have asked me about the meaning of the title of this blog.
One of the original inspirations for doing what we have been doing for the past three years came from listening to an early 1960's interview of gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson conducted by American popular historian and civil rights activist Studs Terkel. For the next several decades until he died in his nineties Studs often told a story about Mahalia that he often characterized as "what it is all about" and "what this world needs now."
Studs Terkel on Mahalia Jackson
Farrakhan also said he had spent time at the Church of Scientology's celebrity center in Los Angeles and had been impressed with the church's method of "auditing" -- a process he said was comparable to therapy.
He said the church's founder L. Ron Hubbard had a mission to "civilize white people," adding that Hubbard "is so exceedingly valuable to every white person on this earth."
Scientology books were available for sale at the Savior's Day event, but Farrakhan said he was not converting and did not need a new religion.
2011-04-01, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
One major reason why we are having such huge and lasting effect on Scientology Inc is that we have refused to underestimate the calculating cunning of David Miscavige. While I have noted that he is a virtual idiot when it comes to understanding such building blocks of mankind as ARC and compassion for one's fellows, I never said he was anything but a genius at Macheavellian maneuverings to take out potential threats to his power and greed.
Try as we do to prevent people from listing out of session, this listing question seems to have taken on epidemic proportions: How does Miscavige get away with his smoke and mirrors gig to this day?
I haven't been listing on this question for some time. The answer lies in the first paragraph above.
2010-04-01, Scott Roxborough, AP, Hollywood Reporter
A German TV-movie about Scientology that claims to reveal the dark side of the organization was a huge ratings hit for public broadcaster ARD, with 8.7 million viewers tuning in Wednesday night, a 27% market share.
Germany has long been at odds with Scientology. Most here view the organization with suspicion. During the shooting of Brian Singer's war film "Valkyrie" in Berlin, famed Scientologist Tom Cruise was savaged in the German press for his beliefs.
The ARD film, "Till Faith Do Us Part" is a drama inspired by a real events. It focuses on a young couple in Hamburg. They both join Scientology. The husband becomes disenchanted as the group takes his money and brainwashes his wife. They separate and he begin a legal battle over the custody of their young child.
2010-04-01, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything"
One of the accusations that Tommy Davis leveled against the whistleblowers was that we had all gotten together somehow and coordinated our stories. How we did that is a mystery, considering that we live thousands of miles apart. Presumably there was a big meeting somewhere and big storyboards and timelines were pasted up on the wall and we all had to memorize the details. Unfortunately, I must have missed that meeting, so I just say what happened. And amazingly, it is consistent with the stories told by Marty, Amy, Tom, Steve Hall and many others. What a coincidence.
"I was actually one of the older ones at 17. There were 13-year-olds, 12-year-olds," Bolstad recollects. "There was just one kid, 12-years-old that was given an executive responsibility doing something. He had a complete nervous breakdown."
This is how Maureen spent her teenage years: making videos for the church. Looking at her social security tax forms, she says nobody ever told her about minimum wage.
"I was taught to lie too. I got a worker's comp claim form. They ask you how many hours do you work a week. And I was told to put 40 hours."
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"While the data presented in this paper was collected in the context of routine outcome monitoring rather than in a controlled study, the results are encouraging. The number of WTC-exposed individuals (more than 500) who have achieved the rehabilitative goals of sauna detoxification therapy, restoring quality of life and job fitness, is significant. The improvements in self-reported symptoms, an indication of a marked return to wellness, are supported by reduced need for medication. These findings are further confirmed by objective measures."
1999-04-01, William A. BeVier, The Discerner, Religion Analysis Service
The Church of Scientology has a Creed. The copy in my possession has 20 points. Among these are: "...all men have inalienable rights to their own defense." "...the souls of men have the rights of men." "...man is basically good." "he is seeking to survive (Hubbard claimed this is the essential of humanity.). "...the spirit alone may save or heal the body." God is mentioned twice in the Creed and Christ not at all. Only a Scientologist would know what these statements really mean to them.
1998-04-01, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Apologetics Index
In early May 1995, as Japanese law-enforcement authorities were collecting evidence linking the Aum Shinrikyo NRM to the March 20 poison gas attack which killed 13 commuters, and preparing what they thought was a strong case, they discovered, to their utter surprise, that they were under attack from an unexpected direction. According to media reports, four Americans arrived in Tokyo to defend Aum Shinrikyo against charges of mass terrorism. Two of them were NRM scholars. According to these reports, they stated that Aum Shinrikyo could not have produced the gas used in the attack, and called on Japanese police not to "crush a religion and deny freedom" (Reid, 1995; Reader, 1995).
Reliable reports since 1995 have shown that Japanese authorities were actually not just overly cautious, but negligent and deferential, if not protective, regarding criminal activities by Aum, because of its status as an NRM. "Some observers wonder what took the Japanese authorities so long to take decisive action. It seems apparent that enough serious concerns had been raised about various Aum activities to warrant a more serious police inquiry prior to the subway gas attack" (Mullins, 1997, p. 321). The group can only be described as extremely violent and murderous. "Thirty-three Aum followers are believed to have been killed between ...1988 and ...1995...Another twenty-one followers have been reported missing [and presumed dead]" (Mullins, 1997, p. 320). Among non-members, there have been 24 murder victims. One triple murder case in 1989 and another poison gas attack in 1994 which killed seven have been committed by the group, as well as less serious crimes which the police was not too eager to investigate (Beit-Hallahmi, 1998; Haworth, 1995; Mullins, 1997). So it is safe to conclude that religious freedom was not the issue in this case. Nor is it likely, as some Aum apologists among NRM scholars have claimed, that this lethal record (77 deaths on numerous occasions over seven years) and other non-lethal criminal activities were the deeds of a few rogue leaders. Numerous individuals must have been involved in, and numerous others aware of, these activities.
Some NRM scholars have suggested that the trip to Japan, as reported in the media, caused the field an image problem (Reader, 1995). Let me make clear right away that my concern here is not with images, but with the reality of scholarship. I am afraid that in this case, as in many others, the reality may be actually worse than the image. How do we react to the Aum episode? Do we raise our eyebrows? Do we shrug our shoulders? Is it just an isolated case of bad judgment? Are we shocked by the alleged involvement of NRM researchers in this tragic story? Given the climate and culture of the NRM research community, and earlier demonstrations of support for NRMs in trouble, we are not completely surprised. Much of the discourse in NRM research over the past 20 years has been marked by a happy consensus on the question of the relations between NRMs and their social environment.
It all sounds like the plot of a (mediocre) science fiction novel: strange beings with names like the Cancelbunny, an144108, XS4ALL, and Scamizdat, fighting on a battleground with no fixed location anywhere on earth, using strings of binary digits as their weapons. But science fiction it is not; it is the ongoing battle in cyberspace between the Church of Scientology (CoS) and its critics, the first War -- or Warre -- in the Age of the Internet.
The trial attracted a parade of the unusual, as one Philadelphia Inquirer headline put it. There were parents of children who had joined cults and Lyndon LaRouche operatives. Reporters were presented with damning affidavits about Galen Kelly from a group calling itself the Deprogramming Survivors Network, which appeared to be operating as a front for the Church of Scientology. Their mortal enemy was the Cult Awareness Network (can), a clearinghouse for cult information based in Chicago, with which Kelly was affiliated and to which Newbold Smith had contributed generously.
1988-04-01, Margery Wakefield, Letters, St. Petersburg Times
Editor: I came to Tampa six years ago to bring a lawsuit against the "Church" of Scientology. In 1982 I gave a speech at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater to more than 1,000 people. I begged the people attending that speech to become informed about the activities of this notorious organization and not to become apathetic about this situation.
Scientology is a terrible nightmare. I know, because I have been on both sides of it. The most terrible thing about Scientology is what it does to parents. Parents literally lose their children to Scientology. Their children become cold, calculating strangers who come to believe that their parents are the evil enemy, the dreaded Suppressive Person of Scientology.