Blog: Why No One Should Trust Scientologists to Treat Mental Illness - 2017-05-11

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F0.png Why No One Should Trust Scientologists to Treat Mental Illness May 11, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

In this video we are going to talk about the Church of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard's beliefs and claims about curing people suffering from mental illness. While Scientology's outright hatred of psychiatry and psychology are well known and even promoted by the Church through its advocacy front group, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, what is less known and less talked about are Hubbard's fantastical pseudo-scientific claims about insanity. A recent story out of Cannon County, Tennessee highlighted for me that it was time to get this information out there, with the purpose of hopefully ensuring no one is uninformed enough to trust Scientologists with anyone's physical or mental care now or at any point in the future.

Journalist Tony Ortega first broke the Tennessee story on his blog, The Underground Bunker, on May 3 and the story was quickly picked up by other news outlets. A facility called the Life Center for a New Tomorrow, run and staffed by Scientologists, had been shut down by court order after a man who was held there against his will for nine months managed to alert the sheriff. As reported in the Cannon Courier that same day:

"A series of rehabilitation facilities have been permanently closed in Cannon County and three suspects charged in the case.