"... Here's the Times editorial: Opinion: Scientology in schools
Here's the article on Kelly Preston: Tampabay: Mental health bill gets star treatment (Kelly Preston)
And here's the President of CCHR's cookie cutter page.
Scientology - David Figueroa a Scientologist - find out what I have gained from Scientology...
http://www.our-home.org/davidfigueroa/myself.htm Changed: 8:22 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2005
Hello, my name is David Figueroa, and here is a little bit about myself:The letters posted included the following:
When first getting involved with Scientology, my main interest was getting myself in better shape, but after realizing the shape of the society I began to take more responsibility to rid the society of Human Rights abuses in the field of Mental Health and that potentially touches everybody."
Published April 16, 2005
"Don't take public health backward
Re: Florida House Bill 209.
[...] Both the U.S. surgeon general and President Bush's Mental Health Commission have recognized the tragic gap between the strength of our science and the fact that most people with mental illnesses are not offered these effective treatments.
Florida House Bill 209 will widen this gap. It reinforces the myths that mental illnesses are not real medical conditions. It will make it more difficult for teachers to work with students who have mental health problems. It incorrectly suggests that mental illnesses cannot be reliably diagnosed. It reinforces stigma by inaccurately suggesting that a label of mental illness will become part of students' permanent records if they are referred for evaluation or treatment. It is a bill that looks to past eras when mental illnesses were considered moral failings or personal weaknesses rather than to the future where prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment will dramatically reduce the disability associated with mental illness. HB 209 is bad public health law.
- David L. Shern, Ph.D., dean and professor, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Tampa
Creating a barrier to treatment
Re: Scientology in schools.
Thank you for sharing with your readers the campaign of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights to discredit psychiatry. The proposed legislation states that there are no medical tests that can be used for the diagnosis of mental illness. A more precise statement would be that there are no current lab tests that can diagnose mental illness. However, there are hundreds of psychological tests described in the Buros Tests of Mental Measurement which accurately differentiate mentally ill individuals from their normal counterparts.
- Michael T. Smith, Ph.D., Legislative and Public Policy representative, Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association, Tarpon Springs
Appropriate treatment works
Re: Actor lobbies against psychiatry for kids, April 13.
I am the parent of a person who suffered from a mental illness as a child, and I use the word suffer advisedly. The quote from actor Kelly Preston, 'These psychiatric labelings are not actually medical disorders . . .' is not true. It is deeply offensive to me and the many parents of children with neurobiological brain disorders.
I do not wish to impose my religious beliefs on others, and I would never interfere with another person's attempts to get help for a suffering child. I would ask the same courtesy from Preston and the members of the Church of Scientology.
Let us keep religion out of politics and allow parents to obtain appropriate help for their children.
- Marcia Mathes, Orlando
Stay away from the science fiction
Re: Scientologists push for mental health statute, April 9.
As a retired clinical social worker who provided psychotherapy for many years to individuals and families, I find it appalling that the Church of Scientology has helped formulate and is working toward the passage of two regressive bills in the Legislature affecting schoolchildren and their parents.
Removing the stigma from mental illness can only be accomplished when it is recognized and dealt with by children and their parents, with the help of qualified, credentialed professionals, not practitioners from the Church of Scientology. Anything else is only science fiction!
- Susan Darlington, LCSW, Dunedin
Letters to the Editor, published April 16, 2005
Re: Scientology in schools.
Your April 12 editorial, regarding legislation supported by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (established by the Church of Scientology in 1969) to safeguard children against fraudulent psychiatric labeling and harmful drugging is not only full of half-truths, it also doesn't even get the facts right.
Aside from the fact that the legislation lambasted by the Times has nothing to do with 'Scientology in the schools,' the editorial states that the bill 'would require that any mental health treatment become part of the student's permanent record.' The bill states that parents must be informed that mental health treatment, including use of psychotropic drugs, becomes a part of the permanent school record and can stigmatize the child in the future. That is the current state of affairs.
The bill doesn't prevent anyone from seeing a psychiatrist if that is what they wish. It merely prevents children from being refused an education for refusing mental health treatment or mind-altering psychotropic drugs.
The dishonesty of the Times editorialist is also transparent and hypocritical as demonstrated by the newspaper's own editorial just six weeks ago (Prescriptions for tragedy, Feb. 1) wherein the Times decries the overdrugging of the state's foster children with 'unnecessary, and dangerous, psychotropic drugs.' In that editorial the Times supported legislation by Rep. Water Campbell that requires informed consent to parents when medication is recommended by the state.
The difference between your support of the Campbell legislation and your distasteful diatribe against HB 209 is the Times' gross editorial bias and nothing else.
- David Figueroa, president, Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida, Inc., Clearwater
The failure of psychiatry
Re: Scientology in schools.
I was truly disgusted by this editorial. It is apparent that the author is not above belittling any viewpoint or idea exposed by those associated with the target of prejudice.
Scientology aside, truth is truth whether it is spoken by an Arab, a Jew, a Republican or a Seventh-day Adventist. The facts of the matter are that the solutions we have in place today for mental health are not working. They are ineffective at best and destructive of lives at the worst.
Why would the Food and Drug Administration finally concede to put black box warnings on certain psychotropic drugs alerting people to possible suicidal thoughts caused by the drugs? Why have so many children committed suicide on these drugs? Why are we seeing such a rash of homicidal behavior such as we recently saw in Red Lake, Minn, where a young boy on Prozac killed nine people in cold blood? It's not because psychiatry is working!
Your obvious bias against Scientology is a red herring. This bill is an issue for everyone who cares about our children and our future.
- Linda Breeden, Safety Harbor
Thwart the drugging of children
The Scientologists, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and the Florida legislators, particularly Sen. Victor Crist and Rep. Gustavo Barreiro, should be lauded for their efforts to pass legislation (HB 209 and SB 1766) designed to protect parents' rights and that also thwarts the psychiatric industry's runaway compulsion to label our schoolchildren with bogus mental disorders that require they be put on dangerous mind-altering drugs.
Psychiatry has taken common childhood behaviors and turned them into 'diseases' which they claim can only be 'cured' with a pill.
- Mike Kaplan, Clearwater
Appropriate treatment works
Educate rather than medicate
Re: Scientology in schools.
I wholeheartedly support the efforts of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. I am not a Scientologist. I've never read any of L. Ron Hubbard's writings on science fiction or mental health.
However, that the Times would offer such a vindictive slant against CCHR and Scientology is narrow-minded at best and discriminatory at worst.
- Cathy Corry, president, JUSTICE4KIDS.ORG, Clearwater"
"Petoskey planning commissioners will consider a controversial land use request that would allow a residential substance abuse treatment center to be established on the city's northeast side when they meet Thursday, April 21.
The planning commission's regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 101 E. Lake St. During the meeting, commissioners will take public input regarding Battle Creek-based TIA Corp.'s request for a special use permit. If the planning commission approves the permit, TIA expects to acquire the former Reus Residence convalescent home on Arlington Avenue just east of MacDonald Drive, expand the building and operate a 63-bed residential substance abuse treatment center there.
Planning commission chairman Gary Greenwell said planning commissioners will need to determine whether the treatment center fits the definition of a convalescent home, which would be allowed to operate under the property's multi-family residential zoning if a special use permit is issued.
'It is a special use and we're looking at the criteria,' planning commissioner John Jorgensen said. 'If it meets the definition, there has to be some compelling reason not to approve.'
The city received a petition signed by about 54 people from Petoskey and surrounding communities which requests the drug and alcohol center not be allowed to come to the former Reus Center. It notes concerns about security risks and depression of property values.
Like Narconon Stonehawk, a TIA-owned center now in its third year of operation in Pennfield Township near Battle Creek, the one proposed in Petoskey would use the Narconon treatment methodology.
The Narconon approach was created in the mid-1960s by William Benitez, who was then an inmate in an Arizona prison with a history of drug use. He formulated the approach using ideas from 'Fundamentals of Thought,' a book by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. After sharing the program with other inmates, he enlisted the help of Hubbard and his organizations in developing the program outside prison walls.
[TIA partner Kate] Wickstrom noted that TIA's Narconon programs are not affiliated with the Church of Scientology.
'We are purely secular from the church,' she said. 'The church has nothing to do with our program here.'
The Petoskey Planning Commission will take public comment this week on TIA Corp.'s request for a special use permit to establish a substance abuse treatment center on Arlington Avenue. Input will be sought during the planning commission meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at city hall, 101 E. Lake St."
"The recently posted story of Jeff X contains the news that Narconon Montreal has folded.
They still have web sites, but you can see something fishy is going on. Here is the 'Narconon Quebec' site:
Looks like a live site, right? But click on the 'Building and Rooms' button and you find... emptiness!
Meanwhile, this 'Narconon Montreal' web site actually points to their Three Rivers facility:
Suzanne Johnson was FSMing for Narconon Quebec back in 2003. See some of her emails here:
LOCATION: We have a NEW BUILDING Located within 1 1/2 hour's drive of Montreal, Quebec in a small community. Building has full amenities, and has a capacity of sixty (60) students.
A picture of the Three Rivers (Trois Rivieres) facility is here:
That page also lists a phone number for Narconon Quebec, but no physical address (not even a city), and no photo.
This is looking mighty weird. Did a Narconon franchise actually go out of business because of rampant drug use among its clients?
Why didn't we read about this in Freedom Magazine???"
"Back in January, the California Department of Education webbed the Narconon evaluation report they received from the California Healthy Kids Resource Center. The evaluation was highly critical, and led State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell to recommend that Scientology's Narconon Drug Education Program be banned from all California schools. You can read the entire evaluation here:
A copy is also archived at http://Stop-Narconon.org/Documents
Here's the latest development: last week, the California state government linked to the various sections of the evaluation from their own portal site:
I guess they want to make sure everyone knows to AVOID Narconon!
Let's all help them spread the word.
-- Dave Touretzky: 'This is your brain on Narconon/Scientology.'
"[START] For a couple of months former member of the Church of Scientology and former member of the Copenhagen org Peter has been picketing Church of Scientology, Copenhagen and handing out fliers (attached)
His tactic has been to follow bodyrouters and inform their prospects about the Church of Scientology. He offers those, who follow the bodyrouter to the testcenter, to come talk with him afterwards. Many has done so and his action has been so successfull, that there is hardly any bodyrouting at Nytorv in the afternoons. [END]
Scans of his leaflet are posted on OCMB:
Look in 'International Picket Central' and Europe/Denmark."
"Letter: Fraternity offers apology to students
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2005
To the Editor:
This is for all students who have been hassled by members of the Church of Scientology.
We, the active members of Tau Kappa Epsilon, have realized, due to the article printed in The News Record on Wednesday, 'Church claims to answer life issues,' that our fraternity has been sponsoring an organization that has managed to irritate the entire campus with their slogan of 'free stress tests.'
This was brought to our attention and we have since revoked our sponsorship of this organization, which should be kicked off of campus by the end of the week
Please accept our apologies.
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 6:08 am: [long link]
[A correction was subsequently made:
Incorrect URL for (below) OCBF post
Go here instead: [long link]
Geoff Bullock, vice president of Tau Kappa Epsilon, said a former fraternity president, Kurt Hensley, originally sponsored Scientology in return for a portion of their campus book sales. Bullock said that Hensley is still listed as the sponsoring fraternity member.
'They come to a meeting once a year and hand out books,' said Bullock. 'Then they say, Can you continue to sponsor us?'
Bullock said that he thought Scientology was a weight loss or stress relief organization.
(Message edited by DrStrangelove on April 13, 2005)"
"Wealden House, centre for wellness, culture and arts, includes a hairdressing salon, beauty spa, medical doctor, life improvement centre and an art gallery/conference room.
Fine print on the bottom shows Scientology is claiming that the Wealden House Life Improvement Centre is a tm of the RTC
"(This is the second article re this affair)
Skovorodinsky judges refuse to hear criminal case against former district chief Boris Shalimov, who allegedly misappropriated district money to send staff to Hubbard administration classes
The criminal case against former Skovorodinsky district chief Boris Shalimov will be heard in Svobodny city court. Having completed the investigation, the regional prosecutor handed the case over to the district where the crime allegedly occurred. However, all the judges in Skovorodinsky district have refused to hear the case.
'We do not have the right to speak to you about the reason for refusal,' the district court secretary explained to the Alfa Channel correspondent. In the opinion of Boris Shalimov's defense attorney the self-disqualification of the judges comes from misgivings about the preconceived attitude toward the accused.
Gennadiy Samodurov, the former chief's attorney, said that defense, after the refusal, asked that the case be sent to Blagoveshchensk city court, but the court council decided to send the papers to Svobodny.
Boris Shalimov was accused of using his official post to misappropriate another's property, misusing authority and illegal collaboration in business operations.
April 13, 2005
"Beating of sectologist Dvorkin costs deputy prosecutor his job.
The deputy prosecutor of the Chkalovsky district of Yekaterinburg was fired for not reviewing the conflict between clergy staff and the police on March 23, 2005. This was announced by Sverdlovsky regional prosecutor Alexander Shaikov. 'As concerns the district prosecutor, he is presently in the hospital, and a decision will be made about him later,' he said. As Lenta.Ru reported, the reason for using stiff sanctions was the inaction of prosecutor staff in the March 23rd detention of Moscow sectologist professor Alexander Dvorkin and of the head of the missionary department of the Yekaterinburg Eparchy, priest Vladimir Zaitsev.
As Shaikov said, in accordance with an instruction from the general prosecutor, prosecutor's staff are supposed to daily review detentions by internal affairs officers. Despite the fact that the incident took place March 23, the prosecutor had done nothing in this case even though it quickly became a public issue.
As PSPD.Ru reported earlier, on March 23 law enforcement officers broke up a meeting arranged by the Yekaterinburg Eparchy in one of Yekaterinburg's Chkalovsky district schools on the problems of totalitarian sects. Police officers burst onto the scene, apprehended the speakers and began to beat them. Police brought Alexander Dvorkin, Fr. Vladimir Zaitsev and an eparchial videographer to the Chkalovsky station, where they were held for several hours. Chkalovsky station said that they sent officers to the site of the lecture after having received a statement about an unsanctioned assembly having been arranged in the school building.
The account from Yekaterinburg eparchy is that several officers had been paid by the management of the 'neo-Pentecostal New Life totalitarian sect, which was flourishing in the district.' On March 24 the Sverdlovsky regional prosecutor initiated a criminal case in accordance with art. 286, RF criminal code ('Exceeding official capacity').
That same day an officer of the Chkalovsky district internal affairs, the senior officer present, was fired 'for using vulgarities and engaging in non-tactical conduct with regard to the clergy.' Strict disciplinary measures were taken on a number of department management personnel. It was noted that in commenting on the situation with criminal investigations of municipal heads in the South Urals, Shaikov did not exclude the possibility that now it was 'Sverdlovsky region's turn.' Furthermore, according to Shaikov, they planned to replace all prosecutor districts.
April 8, 2005
Deputy prosecutor fired for negligence after attack on A. Dvorkin
Further investigation in attack by drunken policemen on professor A. Dvorkin and priest Vladimir Zaitsev revealed culpability of Yekaterinburg's Chkalovsky district deputy prosecutor. He was fired for negligence and failing to take action. The district's lead prosecutor, who is presently 'in hospital,' could also be fired for similar transgressions. The senior police officer who carried out the attack was earlier fired for abusing authority, 'vulgarity and non-tactical conduct with regard to the clergy.'
April 11, 2005
"I was on my way from San Anselmo to Santa Rosa in northern California ten years ago today to file a Chapter 7 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court listening to the radio when I first heard that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City had been blown up. http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~158~2823078,00.html
At the beginning of 1995, the Miscavigeite Scientology cultists had gotten a summary adjudication order against me for $100,000 from a tormented judge Gary W. Thomas in Marin County.
The cult then immediately filed another mountainous set of summary adjudication motions seeking millions more and a permanent injunction.
I was without a lawyer, and needed to prevent the cult from seizing what little I owned and to slow the vultures down in the pending motions. Filing bankruptcy bought me a few crucial months. Driving me into bankruptcy with their unlawful enforcement of their unconscionable 'contract' is a nastiness for which the Scientologists have not yet been brought to justice. [long link]
On July 12, 1995, the Miscavigeites filed a complaint in the Bankruptcy Court seeking to prevent me from obtaining a discharge of the 'debt' the cultists claimed I owed them of at least $1,850,000. http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/a5/complaint-1995-07-12.html
The case went to trial on February 13, 1996 and the Bankruptcy Judge Alan Jaroslovsky issued his decision February 16 granting me a full discharge of the cult's deranged 'debt.' [long link]
I've had to grin once or twice about the number the Bankruptcy Court assigned to my April 19, 1995 petition -- 911."
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