Former Scientologists, academics, and Falun Gong get together for a Philly blowout - 2018-07-10
Rod Keller sent us this dispatch after his visit with the experts...
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) held its annual conference this week in Philadelphia. Formerly known as the American Family Foundation, the group brings together mental health professionals, counselors, academics, former members of cult groups and others to exchange ideas and viewpoints and learn from each other. Former members from Scientology, NXIVM, the Children of God, Hare Krishna, Transcendental Meditation and others attended.
In past years Scientology has sent representatives from OSA to monitor and sometimes interfere with conferences, however the only identified representatives of one of the cultic groups this year was Falun Gong. Yesterday morning a group protested outside the hotel with the banner in the photo above. They also presented a poster inside the conference of abuses they have suffered from the Chinese government. They were removed from one of the sessions for filming without permission, but they filmed extensively in the conference lobby.