Scientology putting lives at risk, says mental health expert Pat McGorry

Scientology quackery Scientology’s quackery is highlighted once again, this time by renowned mental health expert Pat McGorry who has joined psychiatry boss Louise Newman and the Brain and Mind Institute’s Ian Hickie in urging senators to vote for an inquiry.

“They are the deniers of the realities of mental illness, which I find incredibly irresponsible and dangerous,” he told ABC Radio on Wednesday.

Scientology unveiles previously unreleased recordings by cult founder L. Ron Hubbard

Scientology More than 1,000 unreleased recordings of lectures by L. Ron Hubbard and reams of corresponding writings have been unveiled in the culmination of a 25-year project to locate, restore and transcribe lost pieces of the Scientology founder’s work.

Records show that the science fiction author made up many details of his own life.

Scientology practices ‘putting people at risk’

Scientology slaves Dangerous dismissal of psychiatry and mental health problems must be part of a Senate inquiry into the Church of Scientology, a Melbourne cult-counsellor said yesterday

Cult Counselling Australia director Raphael Aron said Scientologists put vulnerable people at risk by taking them off psychiatric drugs and treatment, instead treating them with vitamins and E-meter readings.

Scientology: Religious sect, or money-making cult?

Scientology French judges said they did not order the church offices closed because they did not want to drive Scientologists underground, where they could not be monitored.

At least five other cases involving complaints against the church are under investigation by courts around France, according to press reports. [video]

Doctor who claimed herbal treatment could cure cancer is charged with fraud

Christine Daniel A doctor who is also an ordained minister was charged by federal prosecutors after claiming that her ‘C-Extract’ was an alternative to traditional cancer treatments.

Using her influence as an ordained Pentecostal minister, Christine Daniel tapped into the vessel of faith to entice people from across the nation to try her regimen.

Deadly Group Therapy in Berlin: Doctor Denounced as Charlatan

Garri R. A group session at a doctor’s house in northern Berlin left two men dead and another in a coma after their therapist gave them a dangerous cocktail of drugs.

The doctor was arrested on Sunday evening with two counts of assault leading to death and six counts of dangerous assault, the police announced on Monday.

The doctor, Garik “Garri” R., is reported to have been born in Uzbekistan. He is a registered doctor with insurance companies and is accredited to work as a psychotherapist.

The suspect is an adherent of the controversial Swiss psychiatrist Samuel Widmer, who promotes the use of drugs in therapy.

Widmer lives with two women and has 11 children by them. In an interview on his own Web site, he criticized the taboo surrounding incest.

John Travolta admits son suffered from autism, a medial condition not accepted by Scientology cult

Scientology While giving testimony in an extortion trial, John Travolta acknowledged publicly for the first time that his late son had suffered from autism.

The admission puts Travolta at odds with the Church of Scientology in which he is a leading figure. The cult, which among other things practices quackery, does not acknowledge autism as a real affliction.

New French law blocks Scientology dissolution

Scientology A new French law means the Church of Scientology cannot be dissolved in France even if it is convicted of fraud, it has emerged during a trial of the organisation.

A prosecutor has recommended that a Paris court dissolve the church’s French branch, which has been charged with fraud after complaints by former members who say they gave huge sums to the church for spiritual classes and “purification packs.”

Dying Jehovah’s Witness granted right to refuse dialysis treatment

Jehovah's Witnesses A dying Jehovah’s Witness has been granted the right to refuse life-saving medical treatment on the grounds of his religious beliefs.

Mr A’s guardians produced two Jehovah’s Witness “worksheets” indicating his attitude to various forms of medical treatment. Justice Robert McDougall found Mr A’s directives should be followed “even if the likely consequence of giving effect to Mr A’s wishes … is that he will die”.

St. Petersburg Times exposes Scientology to daylight

Scientology Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, the highest-ranking executives to leave the Church of Scientology, are speaking out for the first time.

Two other former executives who defected also agreed to interviews with the St. Petersburg Times: De Vocht, who for years oversaw the church’s spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, and Amy Scobee, who helped create Scientology’s celebrity network, which caters to the likes of John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

One by one, the four defectors walked away from the only life they knew. That Rathbun and Rinder are speaking out is a stunning reversal because they were among Miscavige’s closest associates, Haldeman and Ehrlichman to his Nixon.

Man sees subtle victory in fight against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses Watchtower Bible and Tract Society The father of a girl who died after refusing blood transfusions, on the basis of un-biblical teachings by the Jehovah’s Witnesses — continues to battle the cult in court.

Some legal scholars observing the case see what could be worrying setbacks for this legally aggressive sect accustomed to mobilizing the courts to block members from receiving life-saving transfusions

Church of Scientology facing dissolution in France as members go on trial accused of organised fraud

Scientology fraud trial The Church of Scientology, which many view as a commercial enterprise masquerading as a religion, is in trouble again.

While the movement is considered a ‘religion’ in the USA, many others countries view it as a cult whose sole aim is to separate gullible people from their money by selling quackery and false promises.

In France, the cult is now on trial for fraud and practicing ‘medicine’ without a license.

Scientology trial in France set to begin

Scientology Despite celebrity followers such as John Travolta, the Church of Scientology is viewed with suspicion in some countries.

Now the organisation faces a legal battle in France, with a trial starting next week threatening its operations there. [video]

Belgium: Decision on whether to prosecute Scientology postponed

Scientology A court in Belgium that was to decide whether to prosecute the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization has postponed its decision indefinitely.

Lawyers for the cult filed requests for additional research to be performed.

These requests must first be evaluated on their merit before a decision to prosecute can be made.

Spiritual healer Jomanda goes on trial

Jomanda In Amsterdam the court case opens today concerning the death of actress and TV presenter Sylvia Millecam.

The self-styled medium and faith healer known as Jomanda and two alternative doctors are on trial because they told Millecam her cancer needed no treatment.

Ireland: Jehovah’s Witnesses abandon appeal against forced blood transfusion

blood transfusion Legal representatives for a Jehovah’s Witness have abandoned an appeal into what is believed to be the first instance in Ireland where a court ordered a blood transfusion to be given to an adult against her will.

Doctors at Coombe Hospital in Dublin had obtained a court order allowing them to give a blood transfusion to a women who lost eighty percent of her blood when she haemorrhaged after giving birth.

Utah wasting tax-payer money on Scientology Quackery

Scientology quackery The Utah Legislature continued funding a Scientology-based treatment for police officers exposed to methamphetamine, despite a state-funded study that was unable to find a connection between the drug and officers’ illnesses.

As lawmakers were slashing funds for other state programs, they sidestepped public debate and appropriated $100,000 — enough cash for about 20 police officers to undergo the regimen of exercise, sauna time and large doses of antioxidants.

Man alleges assault, unwanted pills at Narconon facility

Snake Oil A Florida man is suing Narconon Southern California, saying a brief stint in its Newport Beach drug rehab house subjected him to sexual assault, unwanted medication and demeaning work.

In the suit, Mendoza also complains about Scientology being practiced at Narconon. “It was never revealed that Narconon is a Scientology facility.”

Mom sues Church of Scientology in son’s death

Scientology kills A mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, its Flag Service Organization and three parishioners, claiming they brought about her son’s death by denying him access to his antidepression medication.

The cult is known for its hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatric drugs, as well as for medical claims that amount to quackery.
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