Imagine a church so dangerous, you must sign a release form before you can receive its “spiritual assistance.” This assistance might involve holding you against your will for an indefinite period, isolating you from friends and family, and denying you access to appropriate medical care. You will of course be billed for this treatment – assuming you survive it. If not, the release form absolves your caretakers of all responsibility for your suffering and death. Welcome to the Church of Scientology.
In September 2003, one of these Scientology release forms surfaced on the Internet. The form, which describes itself as a “contract,” states that the signer opposes psychiatric treatment for anyone, particularly him or herself. Should some mental illness befall them, they authorize the Church of Scientology to “extricate” them from the clutches of psychiatrists who might seek to treat them. In lieu of psychiatric care, the contract says they agree to be placed on the “Introspection Rundown,” a Scientology therapy invented by the Church’s late founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Get the whole story reprinted from the December/January 2004 issue of RAZOR – A Church’s Lethal Contract