Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 18
8/4/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@...
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
of the most significant postings.
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> Drug Free Marshals
Letters to the editor of The Times in Gary, Indiana on July 28th and 31st
discussed Scientology's Drug Free Marshals program.
"This program is a devious ploy used by the Church of Scientology to
recruit members. That they would target children with their phony drug
program is disturbing and should be investigated by your paper and by the
state's attorney office. The Church of Scientology is widely regarded as a
destructive and subversive cult. I can tell you from personal experience
as a former Scientology member that this cult is devious and has many
front groups that are used to recruit new members. Scientology has another
front group called Narconon, which it promotes as a drug rehabilitation
program. The truth is that this is another deceptive recruiting ploy. The
regional essay and poster contest the church is sponsoring is a ploy to
get the names and addresses of the kids parents who will be subjected to a
barrage of recruiting literature from the Church of Scientology." - James
"The July 28 letter from Jim Beebe is the trademark of someone who lives
his life filled with hatred. He is an authority in hatred. This same man
worked for the now-defunct, anti-religious group called the Cult Awareness
Network until its bankruptcy filing in 1996. Beebe has now made a career
of denigrating religious groups' positive projects and activities that are
designed to better society. It appears he has a problem with kids living
drug-free lives and helping their friends and families to do the same. It
seems he also has a problem with Catholics, Muslims and Mormons to name
but a few of the religions he attacks. - Mary Anne Ahmad, Director of
Public Affairs, Church of Scientology of Illinois"
> Tom Cruise
"Cerridwen" reported that Tom Cruise completed the OT6 level, and was
present at the July 27th graduation even in Clearwater, Florida.
"Tom Cruise spoke for about 20 minutes which is much longer than the usual
time allotted. Tom talked about his progress up the bridge and some of
the big wins he had along the way. He promised that he was going to do
everything he could to expand and safepoint Scientology. He gave a big
acknowledgment to Int Management, RTC for keeping the tech pure and big
ack for LRH."
The Associated Press reported on July 30th that charges against
Scientology in Paris have been dropped because the statute of limitations
"A Paris judge has ruled that a 13-year-old case against the Church of
Scientology alleging fraud and illegal practice of medicine cannot go to
trial because the statute of limitations has expired, a judicial official
said Tuesday. Judge Colette Bismuth-Sauron ruled Friday that there was a
lack of progress in the investigation and rejected the case on procedural
grounds, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"The criminal probe into 16 leaders of the church was opened in 1989 after
a criminal complaint was filed by a former Scientologist, Juan Esteban
Cordero. He accused the group of 'progressive mental conditioning' that
led him to spend more than $167,000 on Scientology-related courses. The
charges carry a three-year statute of limitations. Bismuth-Sauron ruled
that prosecutors and Judge Moracchini didn't advance the investigation
enough from 1993 to 1996 to keep the case alive."
> Kate Ceberano
Fans of musician Kate Ceberano were sent an email this week on behalf
Scientology and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
"I'm a big supporter of The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).
Read the message below and if you feel the same way I do about this issue,
please sign the petition and pass it onto your friends to do the same.
"Thanks & much love, Kate
"The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is requesting your help in
safeguarding our children's future by signing and promoting the Petition
for Children's Rights Against Psychiatric Stigma and Drug Abuse. Today,
six million American (and many in Australia too) children are being
labelled and prescribed brain-damaging psychiatric drugs. They are being
told there is something 'wrong' with their brain, though no one can prove
it. They are labelled with diagnoses such as Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a disorder that exists not because of
science but by a majority vote of American Psychiatric Association
Committee psychiatrists. Children are then subjected to brain-altering
drugs in order to change their behaviour.
"This petition will be sent to the United States President and used in
meetings with Congressmen to show that we will not stand idly by while
psychiatrists hook millions of children on mind-numbing drugs. If you have
a website, please include a link to this petition address so that many
more people who share this same concern over the labelling and drugging of
children can voice their opposition. Forward this e-mail and link to your
friends, family, colleagues and any other concerned individuals. With a
concerted, united effort we can help stop the legal enforcement of
psychiatric labels and drugs in our schools.
"Sincerely, The Executives and Staff of CCHR International"
The Memphis Business Journal published an article on the Scientology org
on July 26th.
"Eric Everett, director of community services for the Scientology Mission
of Memphis, says Scientology is an 'applied religious philosophy'
appropriate for any faith tradition. 'We live in a society under siege,
bombarded by an onslaught of drugs and toxins. No one escapes the
pollution,' Everett says. 'The Scientology Purification program is the
solution to this drug and chemical problem.'
"The program uses a combination of sauna- and exercise-induced sweat,
vitamins and oils, and a diet of pure foods and water to rid participants
of addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Everett says it is also an
effective treatment for post-traumatic stress syndrome, as well as those
interested in freeing themselves from the effects of environmental and
workplace pollutants. Other than its high doses of widely available
vitamins, particularly niacin, the program uses no drugs.
"Everett says Scientology makes three assumptions: that man is a spiritual
being, that there is a creator other than man, and that man's purpose in
life is to improve himself, his life, his family and mankind as a whole.
He says Scientology 'rehabilitates a person's creative ability' as he
studies and applies the 'technology' developed by Hubbard. But before
someone can begin to apply that technology, he must free himself from the
effects of accumulated toxins and traumas. The purification program begins
"In his writings, Hubbard says the use of toxins like alcohol and illegal
drugs is a stumbling block to spiritual development and represents the
'single most destructive element present in our current culture,'
responsible for societal violence and wasted lives. He also says that
psychotropic drugs, electroshock therapy, hypnosis and environmental
pollutants are toxins.
"The purification program lasts from two weeks to as long as it takes,
Everett says. Custom designed for each person, the program costs about
$1,500, depending on its specifics. That cost covers the necessary
vitamins and oils, use of the treadmill and sauna at the Scientology
mission, and a program supervisor."
> Celebrity Center
The New York Daily News reported on July 31st that Scientology will
celebrate its anniversary in a celebrity-filled event in Los Angeles.
"Tom Cruise and John Travolta have some young allies in the Church of
Scientology. The controversial sect is having its 33rd-anniversary gala
Saturday at its L.A. Celebrity Center. A church spokesman tells us that
among the actors expected are Erika Christensen (who played Michael
Douglas' drug-addled daughter in Traffic), Christopher Masterson (Malcolm
in the Middle), Jason Lee (Almost Famous), Lynsey Bartilson (Grounded for
Life) Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless) Marisol Nichols
(Resurrection Blvd.), Leah Remini (The King of Queens), Pablo Santos
(Greetings From Tucson) and Catherine Bell (JAG)."