Category: Church of Scientology


The jewel Narconon, a rehabilitation facility intended to end addiction to drugs and alcohol without more drugs or other “chemical” treatments, situated in Canadian, Oklahoma has been in the media spotlight after three deaths at the Arrowhead campus. Three deaths, including one in the last week, has brought attention to the center and its treatment of addicts in their facility. Narconon expresses that their success rate is 85% to 95%, which is unheard of considering other rehabilitation centers report success rates at 20% to 30%. The main problem with the program is that it is a front group for Scientology, using “tech” such as the purification rundown to treat patients. The website for Narconon can be found here and the pages that oppose and expose Narconon can be found here and here. It should also be noted that a Narconon facility in Canada had been closed by the equivalent of the US Department of Health because of serious concerns that it provided health risks, not benefits. The center, which was in Quebec, closed its doors abruptly causing an anonymous woman to retrieve her son without explanation even though she paid thousands to get him rehabilitated from an oxycontin addiction. It all begs the question: What is Narconon doing that is terribly wrong, so wrong that it kills?

Getting some basics out front, one must realize that when any addict (even alcoholics) are placed in a rehabilitation center, they are not given the drug of their choice to use while detoxification takes place. During this time, addicts will go through withdrawal, for some addicts like alcoholics, that withdrawal period can be physically dangerous resulting in death. When a person goes through such a detoxification, the body will do whatever it takes to get the user to use, often causing pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweats, shakes, and a variety of other symptoms. During this period, many rehabilitation centers will administer prescription drugs to ease their discomfort, anxiety, and symptoms. If a period of days goes by where the user has not used and a visitor brings them drugs that the addict uses in a dosage that was normal before entering the center, the user can experience an overdose due to the body’s drug tolerance lowering in absence of the drug of choice. This can lead to heart attack, respiratory distress or failure, or other organ failure and the like; often resulting in the death of the user. It is not an uncommon occurrence in rehabilitation centers, however it is very unusual that three patients would die within seven to ten months. This is what has happened at Narconon Arrowhead.

At Narconon Arrowhead there is a lack of medical professional employees. The employees are usually Narconon “graduates” and there is one doctor on staff. In only rare circumstances are patients given drugs needed for other medical issues unrelated to their addiction, as Scientology as a whole is resistant to the use of doctor prescribed medicine or psychotropic medication provided by psychiatrists because of L. Ron Hubbard’s adverse opinion that doctors are unnecessary and psychiatrist were behind the destruction of mankind. Using training tech that is applied to “preclears” in the Church of Scientology called TRs, the user is expected to learn how to communicate and take command of their bodies. Some of these TRs involve staring at someone without blinking for hours, not reacting to being screamed at, and issuing a Scientology accepted response to a barrage of questions. Instead of treating the addiction with medication that can ease withdrawal, “touch assists” are administered. A “touch assist” is akin to laying on hands, but the administrator asks consistently “Can you feel my finger here?” at various points of the body until the person feels well. L. Ron Hubbard’s main concern for addicts were that they were out of communication with the world around them and needed to learn how to communicate properly. According to hundreds of Hubbard authored documents, the addict was stuck in his or her “past”. There are no case studies, proper double blind studies, or any other scientifically acceptable methodology of proper tested proof that any of Hubbard’s claims actually work beyond the assumption of placebo success. Imagine, just for a moment, that you are an addict suffering with terrible withdrawal without so much as a anti-anxiety medication or other medication trying to stare at someone for an hour without blinking. It seems terribly inhumane, yet the program of rehabilitation only grows worse from here.

There are times in a Scientologist’s life where he or she is required to undergo something called the “Purification Rundown”. It is believed by Hubbard that toxins flowing through one’s body makes it difficult to achieve a better if not happier state of existence. It is far better for the Scientologist to purify one’s body from years of prescription drug usage, eating food that may have been unclean, metallic compounds, and other various and sundry toxins floating about in the body. In order to purify the body, extremely high doses of niacin, also known as B3, are taken orally and the Scientologist would spend hours every day in a sauna. Hubbard believed that niacin cleared the body of toxins stored in fat cells that can be released at a later time. The extreme dosages of niacin can cause one’s hair to fall out, drying or cracking skin, increased liver enzymes, yellowing of the skin, higher levels of abdominal fluid, liver damage or liver failure, circulatory collapse, possible heart disease, blood clots, low white blood cell counts, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle and joint pain, loss of muscle strength, fainting, headache, seizures, irritability, mental instability, confusion, fatigue, cloudy urine, and frequent urination. Vitamin and mineral supplements are given to the addict in order to assist with the purification. Over exposure to high heat and humidity experienced in a sauna can cause heat issues such has heat stroke and dehydration. The “Purification Rundown” is not medically proven to assist anyone with detoxification, but has been rather successful in causing more health problems than health improvements. Narconon does have added to the program for the addict that if kidney or liver problems or anemia exists; the purification process is not suggested.

The Scientology tech known as “study tech” is taught to the addict next, which primarily teaches one to use a dictionary to understand every possible meaning of any given word the addict doesn’t understand. This is called an m/u in Scientology. Hubbard strongly believed that people could not excel in learning if they got stuck on words they were unable to understand. Then Hubbard’s concept of “social” and “antisocial” people are taught. This is the belief that 20% of the population is “antisocial” and they are responsible for wars, drugs, psychiatry, and any other ill striking the world as we know it. Scientology ethics are taught, without any kind of obfuscation. The linear connection between Scientology and the treatment of patients at Narconon are one and the same, Hubbard’s failed and faulty “tech” is brought to bear on those struggling through the program without proper medical care to address the issues of general health, ease of suffering, conducive and productive means in which to productively combat drug addiction, treatment of issues unrelated to drug addiction, emotional and psychological tools to produce successful responsibility for one’s actions, or the psychiatric care for other mental instability or illness that may develop. The real question remains: Why did these three people at Narconon Arrowhead die? What happened?

Stacy Murphy, 20, died of an overdose after returning to the program for assistance with a prescription painkiller addiction. Due to Narconon’s lack of knowledgeable and well trained medical staff or even a physician, Murphy was left in a room by herself without any supervision or treatment, such as administration of the drug Narcon which would combat the effects of an opiate drug by nullifying the effect. Not only did Murphy test positive for opiates upon her return, lack of supervision of medical staff trained in dealing with addicts or even medical issues surrounding them led to her being able to overdose in the privacy of her own room. Patient neglect and woefully inadequate medical attention is directly responsible for her death and ignited an investigation into the facility. Stacy Murphy was in the program for a total of six weeks before being found dead Thursday, July 19th at the facility. Gabriel Graves, 32 and Hillary Holten, 21 were also found dead at the facility, Graves on October 26 and Holten on April 11. Another woman, Kaysie Dianne Werninck, 28, died March 3, 2009 after being transported from the facility to a hospital. Werninck’s family sued and it was settled out of court for a confidential amount; a Church of Scientology most preferred method for dealing with cases they are responsible for. Of course, the Pittsburg County Oklahoma police are investigating the three deaths right now and are awaiting a toxicology report on Murphy.

In related news the roommate of Murphy, Destanie Ramsey, 19 said she was held against her will at the facility when staff told her mother that she could not leave. Her mother, being bright, called the sheriff’s office who were dispatched to Narconon. Upon asking Ms. Ramsey if she would like to leave and getting an affirmative reply, sheriffs escorted her out and her mother was reunited with her. Ramsey asked to leave after Murphy was found dead in their room at the facility and was given a negative response. It has also come to the attention of local papers that the facility does not have staff covering the patients 24 hours, leaving a wide berth for unsupervised activity to occur during those hours.

If a facility is designed to rehabilitate addicts, why wouldn’t a patient who no longer wanted to be there is not permitted to leave? Further, why have three deaths occurred there in a matter of seven months? It will be interesting to continue to report on this developing story as the investigation matures.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING
20 million children around the world are prescribed psychiatric drugs.
40% of all children taking psychiatric drugs worldwide are American.
8 million American children take psychiatric drugs – that’s one in every ten children in America. There are 75.6 million children in America (i.e. ages 0-17), 8 million are on psychiatric medication = 10.6%.
America is one of only two developed countries in the world where pharmaceutical companies can advertise prescription drugs direct to consumers (the other country is New Zealand). The U.S. legalized “Direct to Consumer” (DTC) advertising in 1997. Spending on DTC advertising increased from $220 million in 1997 to $2.8 billion in 2002. “By 1999, the average American was exposed to nine drug advertisements on television every day.” (Quote from the book, “Overdosed America” by Dr. John Abramson)
Psychiatric medications have been estimated to cause over 700,000 serious adverse reactions a year and 42,000 deaths.
The drug industry spends $22 billion a year marketing to doctors to increase prescriptions—that is 90% of its marketing budget.
An estimated 50% of all Americans who commit suicide are on psychotropic drugs.
Once on an antidepressant, the suicide rate jumps from 11 for every 100,000 people to 718—over 65 times more.
There are over 300 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs written every year. Over 70% of these are written by general practitioners, i.e. doctors.
Antipsychotic drugs, powerful chemicals designed originally for only the most seriously mentally troubled, are now a $22.8 billion industry.
Half a million children and teenagers were prescribed at least one antipsychotic drug in 2007.
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I received this email today. First thing I would love to mention is that I AM NOT A MEMBER OF THE IAS, yet I continue to receive emails like this one on a monthly, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. Secondly, I am NOT A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY in ANY aspect, not even receiving any services, certifications or whatnot from this organization in ANY manner. Finally, I DO NOT SUPPORT ThE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY MONETARILY OR WITH MY PRESENCE AND HAVE MADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO THEM as well as you, dear reader. So why have I received this “spammy” email from them? I will tell you why. My name is still on their lists. I have had no activity with this CULT since 2009 and have been happy ever since. My repeated requests to unsubscribe me from this mailing list have obviously been ignored in light of what is called “plumping”. Plumping is when a company or organization keeps names on an email list so that reports of active membership can be adequately inflated to meet certain marketing needs. It is used as a method to show there are more customers than there really are, thus “plumping” their numbers. The numbers are phantom numbers, which can be shown to people to say “we have this many people in this organization” when in all actuality they do not. It is despicable, but it is a useful tool to show people on the inside that there are these many members, when in actuality, there are not.

My interaction with Scientologists and Independent Scientologists has significantly dropped. This is due largely to the fact that I disagree with both parties and their unquestioning dedication to L. Ron Hubbard to the point that I do not hold the man in level with the importance they level him with. Why? There is a staggering amount of real evidence, real documents, and real accounts that the man lied about his war history, his war injuries, his war medals, his natural history, his trips abroad, his relationship with eastern religious sects or philosophies, and the list goes on. There is substantial proof that he did not receive medals he stated he did, that he was not rendered blind by injury in war, and that most of his reflective life stories are little more than inflated lies to dazzle the masses with bullsh!t. After agonizing over the decision to continue on in Independent Scientology where most revere L. Ron Hubbard, I have decided to detach from the community. I simply cannot revere a liar as the bringer of the new age woo of Scientology, but as a man who had some good ideas and built his fortune around it. Therefore, respectfully, I remain the eternal skeptic and quite rightly so. After being told that the history of L. Ron Hubbard was muddied by people who love to ruin him and adequately debunking that theory by spending hours pouring over documents from the United States Navy proving my point, I have decided to not drink the Kool Aid and settled for a nice coffee with plenty of logic and cream.

The points of interest on the IAS email are largely false. The fact that only 10% of children are medicated by psychotropic medication is not some terrible travesty manufactured by the “Psyches” or psychiatry. It is the fact that illnesses like autism are on the rise, as well as instances of Asperger’s. Unknown to the psychiatric medical field until the last decade of research and proper diagnosis, the truth of the matter is that children who get medicated for these issues are more productive than those who are not. While advertising for drugs on television may be an affront to Scientologists, the need for medication that actually solves problems and creates well people is actually a good thing. However not so in Scientology. The Psyches (or the practice of psychiatry and psychology) are tied in a constant conspiracy with Big Pharma (pharmaceutical companies) to make money on the hapless public “wogs” (those who do not practice Scientology) too stupid not to mirror the paranoid ramblings of their deity, L. Ron Hubbard. Paranoid they were, as well symptomatic of schizophrenia or other related psychosis. The “truth” of it to Scientologists, and some Independent Scientologists, prompts me to dilute logic and engage in fantasy. If it were not for medical science and theory, I would not be here ten times over by now. If it weren’t for antipsychotic medication, I would not be alive six times over. The irrational notion that there is some great medical conspiracy behind medication, its production, and prescription is wild and insane logical assumptions I am unable and unwilling to suppress my logic to subscribe to or throw money at better spent elsewhere. I cannot cognate and agree with this utter tripe nor its perpetuation via Scientology or Independent Scientology.

The constant lies perpetuated by the Church of Scientology, my favorite being that they do not practice “disconnection” anymore which alludes to the ideal actively practiced to cut off people who are declared Suppressive People or family that does not tow the Scientology line, are revolving from utterly insane to completely ignorant “facts” manufactured to keep Scientology working. The quotes of LRH are often wrong in the Church of Scientology and they only ever produce quotes supporting their tripe from mysteriously initialed entities. While I agree to certain extent that some illnesses are in fact caused by vitamin deficiency, not all illness are and not all illness is psychosomatic like the book Dianetics illustrates. Scientology uses the means in which to manipulate followers the same as any other religion. Different and often manufactured terms are used to create the insular society, disconnection between loved ones forces one to become the Church and unthinking, lacking independent thought and as means to instigate societal consequences for not believing. Tenets of the religion force people to neglect real medical issues for “auditing” to rid one of problems that cause more problems that causes more problems ad infinitum. Then beyond that, is created the need to be “clear” which is the tenet of control causing more money dispensed for church treatments to gain the coveted label which only is further mired by the fact the truest definition of “Clear” by LRH is unattainable in any collective reasoning that is logical and based on reality that is not manufactured by the church and its adherents. It manipulates the same as Christianity, Islam, and any other relative cult of personality looking to make a quick buck on the codependency of others. By far the most rudimentary facet of the Church of Scientology is a constantly changing money making pyramid scheme, manipulating using fear, tenets and societal consequences that are not only surreal but completely manufactured for the sake of twisting $500,000 out of followers for the false Bridge To Total Freedom, which is more like the Gallows of Slavery and Singularity. Ridiculous at best, I am done. I am done with trying to work to my potential while being held down, mired by a false prophet who rambled half-truths, lies, and paranoia at people willing to give up everything to be their version of sane and healthy.

I would sooner die than surrender my logic, skepticism and self for the greater good of David Miscavige or any number of the adherents drinking the idiocy laced Kool Aid.

Page 113 of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: “A number of germ diseases are predisposed and perpetuated by engrams. Tuberculosis is one.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a infection of the lungs (and sometimes other organs) that is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, primarily. The bacteria is passed along by an infected person through coughing, shouting, spitting (in some cultures this is frequently) or sneezing. The bacteria is inhaled and can sometimes lay dormant for a time period until the immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off the bacteria or organisms. Tuberculosis was discovered in 1882 by a German physician named Robert Koch who was awarded the Nobel prize for the discovery. In the 1800’s it was misdiagnosed as “consumption” because the infected person would waste away and die. The organisms can only be combated with antibiotics and can cause death if not treated and can spread easily if left untreated. Tuberculosis, or TB, risk groups include prisoners, health care workers like nurses and EMS personnel, and people with HIV, cancer, and diabetes who have weakened immune systems.

Atypical (irregular) Tuberculosis is considered to be a colonizer mycobacterium family member that sits along the regular cells and causes infection from time to time. This type of bacteria causes typical clinical tuberculosis symptoms. This type of TB is difficult to treat and usually requires a year and and half to two years treatment by using many different drug to combat the organisms in the body. Mycobacterium Bovis is found in raw milk and also causes TB. Since most milk is pasteurized, this strain of the bacteria is killed by using heat. However, with the new “fad” of drinking raw milk the rise of cases of this atypical tuberculosis is projected to increase. Then there is “extensively drug resistant TB, also called XDR TB, which infects primarily the lungs and is spread by talking, coughing, sneezing or spitting. The antibiotic treatments for typical tuberculosis are less effective and have worse outcomes when applied to someone infected with this type of TB. Two known cases of XDR TB were found in the US. A man who was infected felt the need to travel, thus exposing many people to XDR TB. The CDC, in short, informed the airlines of his condition and warned for all people within two rows of him and all the airplane employees who had contact with him get tested for the strain. The man, upon returning to the US, was quarantined to prevent further danger of spreading the disease. The man flew on two transcontinental flights. It is unclear why he felt the need to travel.

Why is TB not psychosomatic as suggested on page 113? Psychosomatic is an adjective which means: 1: of or pertaining to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors and 2: pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body. As I have briefly informed above, TB is caused by typical and atypical bacteria of the mycobacterium family or by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Bacteria are not a result of emotions, conditions of the mind as it relates to the body, or engrams. Bacteria does not infect the body or enter the body at times when the mind is weak or emotions are high. Bacteria are organisms that are everywhere, some are very good for the body and some are very bad for the body. Bacteria does not exist as a phantom of the mind, conjured by mind, or manufactured totally in one’s mind. Emotion and mental status has absolutely nothing to do with perpetuation of bacteria, bacteria’s survival in the body, or how that bacteria affects the body. It simply doesn’t work that way no matter how one paints it to be “psychosomatic” in origin.

As a matter of fact, it is dangerous to consider TB whether atypical or typical as a psychosomatic illness. The failure to treat the infection with a proper course of antibiotics increases one’s chance of dying as a result, the spread of the bacteria, and the possible issue of a pandemic considering the new strain XDR TB. Sitting in the auditor’s chair while infected with the bacteria puts everyone around them at serious risk, including the auditor. An E-Meter is not an antibiotic and cannot adequately serve as one that will effectively kill the bacteria. What it will do is promote spread of the bacteria in several possible scenarios including the next person to touch the cans. The E-Meter carries with it the warning that it does not and cannot treat diseases for a reason. It can’t fight bacteria, no matter what LRH has written. TB causes serious health problems that no vitamin regiment, E-Meter, or purification rundown can combat effectively. TB is serious business, as is XDR TB, and should not be “handled” by the methods produced by the Church of Scientology.

Read and decide for yourself. (IMPORTANT NOTE: The Independent Scientology movement as well as the Free Zone have all welcomed me and my wife to their fold and has never said homosexuality was an aberration. EVER.)

“The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic Two such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically. Perversion as an illness has so many manifestations that it must be spread through the entire gamut of classes…He is very far from culpable for his condition, but he is also so far from normal and so extremely dangerous to society that the tolerance of perversion is as thoroughly bad for society as punishment for it…Hence the pervert, containing hundreds and hundreds of vicious engrams, has had little choice between being dead and being a pervert. But with an effective science to handle the problem, a society which would continue to endure perversion and all its sad and sordid effects doesn’t deserve to survive.” Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, Pages 125-126

Email: “Dear (name removed) , Thank you for your question. What it says in Dianetics is what it says – it is what the author says. However I also want to let you know our views on Homosexuality. The fundamental belief of Scientology is that man is a spiritual being and lives lifetime after lifetime. Our views are all based on that principle of Scientology and not on the sexual orientation of a person’s body or the body itself. Because of this, sexuality is not widely debated in Scientology and we do not participate in the public debate about sexual orientation. We also do not discriminate against parishioners because of their sexual orientation. All who seek spiritual enlightenment are welcome. By way of a longer answer, in Scientology we know that be increasing a person’s spiritual awareness, by increasing his ethics level, he will then make decisions that are more beneficial to all. As an individual progresses in Scientology he increasingly thinks and acts in terms of the greatest good for the greatest number, rather than just for himself, and he learns for himself that the more responsible his decisions are the better and happier life becomes. He learns that there are wrong ways to go about things and right ways to go about things. This is what Scientology addresses. We do not hold that moral choices can be enforced by dictate or decree. We hold that the condition of the individual can improve so he makes the right decisions. The Scientology marriage ceremony is traditional and addresses a union between a man and a woman. In today’s liberal society, the Church encourages ethical relationships. Let me know if you have any questions. Regards, (name removed)”

Paul Haggis Letter To Tommy Davis (Exerpts) “Tommy, As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego. Their public sponsorship of Proposition 8, a hate-filled legislation that succeeded in taking away the civil rights of gay and lesbian citizens of California – rights that were granted them by the Supreme Court of our state – shames us…I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated. In that first conversation, back at the end of October of last year, you told me you were horrified, that you would get to the bottom of it and “heads would roll.” You promised action. Ten months passed. No action was forthcoming. The best you offered was a weak and carefully worded press release, which praised the church’s human rights record and took no responsibility. Even that, you decided not to publish.The church’s refusal to denounce the actions of these bigots, hypocrites and homophobes is cowardly. I can think of no other word. Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent…But I reached a point several weeks ago where I no longer knew what to think. You had allowed our name to be allied with the worst elements of the Christian Right. In order to contain a potential ‘PR flap’ you allowed our sponsorship of Proposition 8 to stand. Despite all the church’s words about promoting freedom and human rights, its name is now in the public record alongside those who promote bigotry and intolerance, homophobia and fear…The fact that the Mormon Church drew all the fire, that no one noticed, doesn’t matter. I noticed. And I felt sick. I wondered how the church could, in good conscience, through the action of a few and then the inaction of its leadership, support a bill that strips a group of its civil rights…And in it I saw you deny the church’s policy of disconnection. You said straight-out there was no such policy, that it did not exist. I was shocked. We all know this policy exists. I didn’t have to search for verification – I didn’t have to look any further than my own home…To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?…You even felt free to publish secrets from the confessional in Freedom Magazine – you just stopped short of labeling them as such, probably because you knew Scientologists would be horrified, knowing you so easily broke a sacred vow of trust with your parishioners. How dare you use private information in order to label someone an “adulteress?” You took Amy Scobee’s most intimate admissions about her sexual life and passed them onto the press and then smeared them all over the pages your newsletter! I do not know the woman, but no matter what she said or did, this is the woman who joined the Sea Org at 16! She ran the entire celebrity center network, and was a loyal senior executive of the church for what, 20 years? You want to rebut her accusations, do it, and do it in the strongest terms possible – but that kind of character assassination is unconscionable…Frankly, I had to look no further than your refusal to denounce the church’s anti-gay stance, and the indefensible actions, and inactions, of those who condone this behavior within the organization. I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology.”

So there you have it. Tommy obviously has interesting ideas of what “ethical relationships” might be, but carefully worded his response to Paul Haggis with the telling ring of silence. Do you really want to be a part of an organization that if you piss them off, they will publish your auditing records for the whole world to see? Do you really want that for yourself?

Link to Paul Haggis full letter of resignation: http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/59-paul-haggis/158-paul-haggis-resigns-from-church-of-scientology.html

First, I’m going to define a business. Economically, a business operates either as a service, provides a product, or does both. Supply and demand are what drives the business to produce its product and/or services. People spend their money wisely (most of the time) on a quality product and/or quality service. A business must meet the demands for its product and/or service in order to make money and pay employees. The cycle of economics perpetuates itself with the employee spending his or her money on quality products that they need or want. A business improves their product in order to attract more customers so that they can afford employees, necessities to run the business, and contribute taxes to government on what they make.

Secondly, the average Christian church requires 10% of a monthly income to serve as tithes. Someone who makes $26,000 a year pays $2,600 in tithes per year or about $216 per month. Christian megachurches, who are not required to report their income, could easily make more than that as they ask for pledges while the television show continues. Mosques require 2% of the yearly income to be paid for the community, though not directly to the Imam. Other denominations require more and sometimes less. The Church of Scientology requires payment for auditing services in order to move up the Bridge To Total Freedom and to purchase books from RTC (Religious Technology Center) written by guru L. Ron Hubbard (LRH). The total cost for The Bridge can top out at $500,000, sometimes more.

Finally, the average Christian church provides its congregation with services every Sunday morning, Sunday evening and later that week by having bible study classes and/or teen and/or youth groups and provides product in the form of the bible and handouts. The mosque provides the adherent the services of daily prayer and weekly services as well as providing them with a product, the Qur’an. The Church of Scientology provides a service in the form of auditing, Dianetics study groups for a weekend, daily study services and classes for LRH recordings, training on tech used by the CoS, and provides a variety of products to its adherents for a price not a suggested donation.

All of the above qualifies as services, no matter which denomination or religion, the temple/church/mosque can be identified economically as a business and operates as such because a central figure is supported by this income and lives his or her life as a beneficiary of the tithes, pledges, and costs associated with the services and products. If a church has 150 members which all pay $2600 a year, as a loose estimate, is $390,000 per year for income. Business expenses such as electric bills, gas bills for heat, travel for the beneficiary, method of travel such as a car, and purchasing materials to manufacture the products, and the like can easily be afforded by the church adherents. That $2,600 per year can be multiplied by the thousands for megachurches and the $500,000 income for one person can be multiplied by the thousands for the Church of Scientology, benefiting leader David Miscavige. This income is completely tax free for religions, even though most of them (most especially the Church of Scientology) operate as a business by definition.

Now enter in the amounts of money separately donated by churches to religious organizations that partake in political influence, lobbying for religious influence with current lawmakers, advertisements to influence votes on legislature up for public vote (the LDS fronted millions of dollars to defeat Prop 8 that makes same-sex marriage legal which was later overruled), actively influencing school curriculum changes that suit them (as happened in Texas schools), opening a religious-themed park with tax breaks (as recently occurred in reference to a “Noah’s Ark” park in Kentucky), the purchase of private investigators to harass people who speak out against them (Church of Scientology), lawyers’ fees and court costs for enacting “Fair Game” (Church of Scientology) and the expenses associated with renting space for people to live in order to make someone’s life “a living hell” including purchases for meals and means of transportation. If they wish to manipulate the world around them using funds that are gained tax free, their status should reflect that they are in fact a business not a not-for-profit; as they have forfeited their status by political and legal activity.

The average person who wishes to define laws, legislation and other government influence does not have the resources that churches have, making them an influence to be reckoned with. The average person is at their mercy, unable to affect outcomes that are political and governmental in nature because church/temple/megachurches resources outweigh their own. If church organizations or religious non-profits want to blur the line separating church and state, they should lose their tax exempt status without question.

Just sayin’.

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/02/scrutiny-of-former-church-of-scientology-has-on/

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/05/scientology-group-challenges-ingleside-on-the/

http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/walking-in-another-mans-shoes-by-michael-fairman/#comment-144650

http://www.youtube.com/user/ToryMagoo44#p/search/0/uyJdPrWjkZg

http://www.youtube.com/user/sthtexlensman#p/u/10/rdr_kDvcIxo

http://www.youtube.com/user/sthtexlensman#p/u/9/whOUIoufnJw

http://www.youtube.com/user/sthtexlensman#p/u/8/_03e0xL4Nwo

http://www.youtube.com/user/sthtexlensman#p/u/4/Q7aAXmr-ldQ

The majority of Scientologists in the Church of Scientology don’t know about it. The public responses of the Church are carefully stated to decry the action of “Fair Game”, yet at the same time they invent new ways of exacting this policy they like to claim LRH repealed, yet it still goes on. The newest and latest form of “Fair Game” is going on in Ingleside on the Bay, Texas. The Church has launched the “Squirrel Busters” who wear silly shirts and record immature videos to designed to make Marty Rathbun, the former Inspector General for the Church working directly for David Miscavige, look like an idiot and crazy man. I have linked their latest video below:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSquirrelZone

As you can see in the above video, the “journos” really are the Squirrel Busters, obviously intent on harassing him. If you’ve watched the Bert Leahy videos talking with Marty, you will learn that their sole purpose is to harass him and his neighbors and to make life for Marty a living hell. Might I remind you that, obviously, the journos here is not the Village Voice or the Corpus Christi Caller. It is the Squirrel Busters themselves. Viewing several “episodes” they have online, they all have the same gist: Marty is a psychopath, a dangerous man, and squirreling LRH techniques by practicing independently of the Church of Scientology. Marty is continuing to audit people and has often proclaimed his affiliation with the recently born Independent Scientology movement, which to the Church is “squirrel” which is a type of heretical label. They actively print information in FreedomMag, the Scientology journos rag, that disclaim Marty’s work and actions. Why the preoccupation with Marty? Why the preoccupation with Mike Rinder, once the spokesman for the Church of Scientology?

It’s simple. The current head of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, disposed of the people LRH wanted to lead the Church in the event of his death. He crawled to the top on the backs of those he ruined to get there. Now there, David Miscavige’s total goal is to replace LRH with himself (David Miscavige is Scientology is a vicious lie, designed to create a formulated base that believes he is actually getting auditing and has reached a high status in the belief’s Bridge to Total Freedom, which he has not.) and take over the religion to make more money from members than ever before (by creating “corrected” technique and books), to have the followers revere him as leader (because he is a little man with a big ego that needs to be fed) and has been known to get violent with his support staff on many an occasion as told by many, many, ex-Sea Org (Scientology’s inner circle) members who have loudly left the group. It is what the Church of Scientology doesn’t want you to know; that money is filtered from the religion to pay Miscavige enough that he owns two Harley Davidson motorcycles that are custom made launching their price into the tens of thousands of dollars while Sea Org members eat beans and rice, that tens of thousands of dollars are spent on private investigators like David Lubow (The founder of the Squirrel Busters who uses the shield of “filming a documentary” to harass Marty Rathbun because he can’t practice as a private investigator in Texas), funds are further funneled into operations that show any detractor of Scientology is a criminal (just peruse the internet sites willing to give you a background check for $19.95 or more), and thousands more are funneled from the coffers donated by people who want to be on the Bridge of Total Freedom to making life hell for the enemies of David Miscavige, NOT the Church of Scientology as a whole. What they don’t want anyone to know is that daily, they are devising new ways to ruin people’s lives who are leaving the church by finding and manufacturing stories about them to make them look bad in the eyes of neighbors, family, and friends.

Yet, the truth is out there. In the information age, there is one thing that foils Miscavige’s plans every time: The Internet. Doing a Google search, one can find sites like Operation Clambake that speaks up and has a wealth of information about Scientology, Marty Rathbun’s blog “Moving Up A Little Higher” where he often calls out Miscavige on his misappropriation of Church of Scientology funds and Miscavige’s violent nature and inflated ego, and Tory Magoo who left in 2000 after 30 years and speaks out daily against the Church of Scientology. What the Church doesn’t want you to know is that they have an internet filter used by people still in the Church of Scientology that filters out any negative information about it. What they don’t want you to know is that thousands of people are worked for long hours with little pay in order to keep them dependent on the Church of Scientology. David Miscavige hopes that his operations to discredit those who speak out against him and his lowlife tactics to keep those silenced who might speak out will be the fail safe measure to keep his seat of power and control over so many people. The truth is that people are being declared as enemies of Scientology during Miscavige’s reign are usually people who have a problem with him.

Most of the people in the Church of Scientology never know about the truth because Miscavige has them believing that he is right and all the detractors are wrong. They don’t know how dangerous the man is, most people in cult-like religions don’t know how dangerous someone really is until they set fire to the compound, spike the Kool Aid with cyanide, or tell little girls to marry men ten times their age. The idea that those things are wrong don’t enter the mind of the submersed, because they are believing that the end is near, earthquakes are signs from god, hurricanes are designed by god to punish the infidel, and terrorists attacks are the responsibility of people who support abortion, are feminists, are homosexual and other such rubbish. They can’t see the illogical flags that something just isn’t right. When they do, most people in cults risk losing all of their friends, family members, and societal comforts that keep them from thinking on their own. It is a method of control to have everyone who knew Person A to “disconnect” from them, but in this information age one can find support just a click away. The support for every person that leaves the cult is out there, in droves, waiting for you to get away and wake up. Going from sinful to sin free is just a click and double click away.

If you are in the Church of Scientology and are reading this, it is important that you leave. The cult has wasted years of your life and sucked you financially dry for David Miscavige’s own interests. There are people in the Independent Scientology community to welcome you. They are waiting for you. There are people like Tory Magoo who provides daily support to those who no longer believe in Scientology to become free of it’s confines. There are a multitude of sites, with people just like you, who want to be out. Take the time to consider what the Church has given you in return for what you have given to the Church. Think about how many nights you have spent sleeping under your desk or worrying about that second mortgage taken for the Bridge. Think about leaving that culture and finding a new one, full of information, full of love, and full of respect. Imagine being free and being welcomed with open arms into a community that accepts you for just who you are, not what you can do for them or how much money they can make for you. Free your mind and free yourself. We are waiting for you with open arms.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_and_psychiatry
http://www.nami.org/

In the articles above, note that the NAMI link is provided for your informational purposes, there are discussions of the “truths” of psychiatry. A museum, dedicated to “revealing” the “truth”, is run and propped up by the Church of Scientology’s pet movement, CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights). In this museum, it points out a vicious lie that Nazis were actually products of psychiatrists, that torture and electric shock therapy has been given to people against their will, and that many have died at the hands of psychiatry. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology discusses psychiatry in many discourses to followers in the 50’s and 60’s. In his book, Dianetics, he explains that many illnesses are psychosomatic and manufactured by engrams caused at various times in one’s life. He claims mental illnesses such as schizophrenia can be “cured” in so many sessions of “auditing”, the church’s method for removing and dispelling these engrams. Tom Cruise says in a video to Matt Laurer that he knows the “real history” of psychiatry and contends that actress and model Brooke Shields could have taken “vitamins and supplements” that would have cured her “baby blues”. He also goes on to state that a drug to treat ADHD has become a “street drug” and that psychiatric medication is not the answer. In another video, the “Thud Experiment” shows that a certain number of people entered a psychiatric facility all claiming to hear the word “thud” in their head and that the institutions “misdiagnosed” them. It also claims that a psychiatric facility found “40 imposters” that were never sent by the experiment overseers.

What is the truth about psychiatry?

In the early years of the science, there were institutions that treated people with psychosis in deplorable ways. Many of the younger treatments of mental illness have been abandoned like the barbaric lobotomies and electric shock therapy. There are cases where electric shock therapy is still used, but according to psychiatrists I have spoken to, this is not a common treatment as it was in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. Most mental illnesses are treated by anti-psychotic medicines, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and other medication that deals directly with chemical imbalance. The treatment usually coincides with psychological counseling either with a licensed therapist, psychologist, or psychological doctor. “Talking therapy” cited by psychiatrists is also a good way to develop coping strategies, work through symptoms of a mental illness, and effectively treat people who would not seek help normally. Can serious psychosis such as paranoid schizophrenia, schizophrenia, psychotics, and dissociative mental illness really be dealt with using “auditing”? Are vitamins and supplements and adequate treatment for these illnesses? Well, no. They can’t. More psychiatric science has proven early theories that such diseases are biological and can only be treated with proper medication regiments prescribed by a psychiatrist.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Elli_Perkins) A good example that Dianetics’ treatment of schizophrenia fails is the death of Elli Perkins. Her son began hearing voices in his mind in 2001. Since Scientology does not support psychiatry, they believe psychiatrist are “evil”, she sent her son to the Sea Org in an attempt to help him. He continued with “auditing”, which failed, thus resulting in his classification as a Level III PTS (Potential Trouble Source). He was banned from any further Scientology courses because he exhausted the church’s treatment plans. I find this a gross mishandling of his case. Why? The man obviously needed medical science’s intervention on his case. He was committed to a psychiatric facility and she convinced them to release him to her custody. She began to feed him vitamins and minerals. She took him to a doctor of osteopathy who claimed he had toxins in his system which needed to be purged and that he had digestive problems. A vitamin regiment was prescribed. He did not improve. Instead he became suspicious that she was poisoning him. She tried several methods of treatment recommended by Scientology. Jeremy, her son, stabbed her 77 times when his illness became out of control due to lack of psychiatric treatment.

Schizophrenia is described in Scientology as: 1. a mental disorder characterized by indifference, withdrawal, hallucinations, and delusions of persecution and omnipotence, often with unimpaired intelligence. 2. in alethanetic terms (alethanlogy is the study or science of truth, a system of natural laws which allow a person to discover for one’s self those personal truths that bring about a life of peace, abundance, success and balance; the science and the study of the nature of truth and error, and of the highest laws for their discrimination; and doctrine of truth, that part of logic which deals with the subject of truth) terms, a departure from rational thought with no basis of reason in which the person goes into assumed personality from engrams(An engram, according to Dianetics, is a mental image picture recorded in the reactive subconscious mind of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness, and a real or imagined threat to survival.) so completely that one sharply and distinctly changes personality features when one jumps between one to another. This is wholly inaccurate. When one switches between different personalities, one has Dissociative identity Disorder, also called DiD. It used to be known as multiple personality disorder, but it is in fact defined as a dissociative disorder. The person has more than one identity or “personality” that is called an “alter” and often cannot remember what happens when an “alter” takes over. Schizophrenia interferes with one’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions or relate with others, and impairs the ability to function productively. It is very rare that a Schizophrenic person becomes violent, though often media refers to Schizophrenia as a violent person who has multiple personality disorder or is inconsistent, often variably random and nonsensical. This is a misconception that will probably never be rectified without educating one’s self to the real psychiatric truth. Each case of Schizophrenia is unique and some are associated with paranoia, delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations; sometimes treatment is refused because of all the symptoms, or most of them, complicate the decision making process. (http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=schizophrenia9)

However, the Church of Scientology’s mental health watchdog group CCHR puts “The Truth of Psychiatry” on their website (http://www.cchr.org/download-material/fact-sheets.html) adds sensational elements to their articles, being sure to connect bizarre facts to a delusional conclusion. An example: CBS “48 Hours” did a special detailing that Schizophrenia is a real, physiological mental illness that requires psychiatric medicine to treat. CCHR makes the bold claim that CBS only forwarded the claim that such medicines work based solely on the fact that they make money from the sponsor and the drugs. Another example: “A recent State Auditor review of expenditures from Texas Community Mental Health and Retardation (MHMR) Centers found that at two of the states’ 39 local MHMR Centers had used $60,000 in tax dollars (€47,100) for pizza parties, employee incentives, staffs’ food and entertainment and company picnics. Other findings included: There
were 581,213 dates where services were billed for periods exceeding 24 hours in a single day; in one client record, the person was said to have received over 1,454 hours of
service in a day. Treatment was also billed for 68 people whose social security cards showed they were dead.” Seeking out the report via Google search (http://www.google.com/search?q=Keith+Elkins+Investigates%2C+%E2%80%9CTracking+Tax+Dollars%2C%E2%80%9D+Texas%2C+Channel+42+News%2C+20+Sept.+2006.&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) only reveals the publication issued by the CCHR. A search on YouTube reveals no such report (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Keith+Elkins+Investigates%2C+%E2%80%9CTracking+Tax+Dollars%2C%E2%80%9D+Texas%2C+Channel+42+News%2C+20+Sept.+2006.&aq=f) by anyone named Keith Elkins. One more example: “Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 16 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system.” All supporting articles for this particular story are connected to Church of Scientology sources. While not fully explaining the reports they line their website with, they do inaccurately manipulate information to make it look like what they need it to look like.

The Church of Scientology is not new to this type of thing, making something look more acceptable to them for their nefarious purposes. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Lisa_McPherson) The death of Lisa McPherson and the subsequent cover-up (http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012234.ece) and manipulation of officials (http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/david-miscavige-the-cheater/) is telling about the way the Church of Scientology handles its business. Why would opposition of psychiatry be treated any differently? Well, really, it wouldn’t. One can easily conclude that the offensive opened up by the Church of Scientology, mother to CCHR, is on direct par with conspiracy theorists who look for the Illuminati behind governments and poke out newly raised fears of “socialism” taking over the United States. All of it is meant to be a manipulative source for minds prepared to lock step and file behind an abusive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOv0LtzXlx4 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vgorwz_s2k&feature=related) leader of dying organization he assisted to meet it’s untimely death at the hands of a true Suppressive Person (http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/david-miscavige-the-coward/#comments look for my post about Miscavige and subsequent explanations for a SP, please).

Not unlike most religions, the Church of Scientology is not immune to manipulation using fear, tenets, and societal pressure. Let’s not ignore that while the Church of Scientology disclaims core tenets (such as Xenu), societal pressure (disconnection) and fear (justifying use of the “Fair Game” policies enacted to make opposition mute), they blur the line between a corporation and not-for-profit tax exempt status. Their leader misappropriates funds for private investigators used to harass and intimidate people unwilling to “shut up” about the negative metamorphosis of the church under his rule. Of course, by writing this blog entry, I open myself up to the use of “Fair Game” on me. The corporation jumps at shadows at manufactures enemies in a delusional way. Yet, beneath this oppression, many have left the Church of Scientology and started the Independent Scientologist movement which creates all kinds of problems for the Church. There are the brave people that speak out against the Church like Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder who strike boldly out on their own and are able to find happiness as Independents. The whole of the Freezone also does. As more and more leave, the obvious becomes truth while the oblivious stay in. This is a truth that can be applied to any religion, regardless of what denomination, sect, creed, and tenets.

I invite you to review the sites I cited and find out for yourself. The attack of psychiatry is just that, an attack. It has become essential for extremists in any faith to attack to preserve their control. A growing trend that is not only distasteful but steeped in crazy conspiracy theories that simply don’t hold up to logic, clear reasoning, and rationality.