Presenting Rod Keller's
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 7, Issue 18 - August 4 2002


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 Beebe" "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" Message-ID: 20020801123954.04601.00000793@mb-bh.aol.com Message-ID: 3D47C05B.7000609@voicenet.com

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." Message-ID: JACBEUHS37465.8507986111@anonymous.poster

France

The Associated Press reported on July 30th that charges against Scientology in Paris have been dropped because the statute of limitations has expired. "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." Message-ID: 3D47BC9E.9010405@voicenet.com

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" Message-ID: 4503ee3c.0208020619.77e64346@posting.google.com

Memphis

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 the process. "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." Message-ID: 3D466DB0.10203@voicenet.com

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)." Message-ID: jc9gkusogvl3hick03tnasl7bogtn1p4rs@4ax.com


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