U of T's 'antipsychiatry' scholarship - and not believing in mental illness - is an attack on science - 2017-01-10
In November, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), an all-graduate school at the University of Toronto, announced it had established a world first, a scholarship in the "field" of antipsychiatry, to be named after its primary instructor, Bonnie Burstow, an associate professor in OISE's Adult Education and Community Development department.
Burstow believes there is no proven biological basis for mental illness. She believes that psychiatric treatment — including drugs — is inherently oppressive and a violation of human rights.
If the image of Tom Cruise springs to mind at this revelation, you're not alone. Burstow's beliefs fall right into line with the Scientology "religion," for which Cruise is a much-beloved and valuable poster boy. In fact, its Canadian chapter of the Citizens Commission of Human Rights, established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to promote its antipsychiatry agenda, stated on its Facebook page that Burstow's appointment was "very, very good news," describing Burstow as "a rock star."