University Professor is targeted by Scientology cult quacks

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Australian of the Year Prof Patrick McGorry is among a number of top psychiatrists who have been targeted by the Church of Scientology after they spoke out against the religion.

The University of Melbourne professor, with Monash University’s Prof Louise Newman and Prof Ian Hickie, director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney, publicly backed calls by South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon in March for a senate inquiry into Scientology.

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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a front organization for the Church of Scientology.
Among other unethical behavior, hate- and harassment activities — especially against critics — are part and parcel of Scientology. Hatred is codified, promoted and encouraged in the cult‘s own scriptures, written by founder L. Ron Hubbard.

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They have since received requests under Freedom of Information seeking the release of emails discussing the church, funding and research programs.

The church says it is concerned about the pharmaceutical links between medical researchers and psychiatrists and denies the request is harassment.

The University of Sydney has refused to release the requested documents and Monash is still processing the request.

Shelly Wilkins, executive director of the Scientology-funded Citizens Committee on Human Rights, said the FOI requests into mental health experts including Prof McGorry sought to expose links between psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry.

Prof McGorry said he was not surprised to be targeted after speaking out against the church’s teachings on psychiatric care.

“This is their standard practice – to pursue someone in this way when they speak out against them,” he said.

“We already have enough trouble destigma-tising mental illness and ensuring people who are distressed have access to help without them actively dissuading people to seek help.”

Senator Xenophon said he supported the three experts highlighting the dangers involved in Scientology’s teachings on mental health.

– Source / Full Story: University Prof Patrick McGorry is targeted by Scientology church , Brigid O’Connell , Sunday Herald Sun, Aug. 22, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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