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Mental Health Minister criticises Scientology campaign

Religion News Blog — Australia’s Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton, says a new campaign by the Church of Scientology is sensationalist.

The ‘Citizens Commission on Humans Right,’ a Scientology front group engaged in an ongoing hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists, has advertised in newspapers and distributed pamphlets warning people about changes to the WA (Western Australia) Mental Health Act.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

They say under draft changes to the Act, children could receive treatments such as sterilisation, psychosurgery and electric shock treatment without the consent of their parents.

But Ms Morton has told the ABC the Competent Minor Test is a safeguard which requires a doctor to determine first whether a child is capable of understanding the medical procedure in question.

“They can demonstrate that the young person is well informed, and that there are occasions when it is appropriate for a competent minor to give consent to medical treatment,” she said.

“Rather than make these children or these young folk a ward of the state, as long as the doctor is satisfied that the person is well informed and fully understands what they are consenting to, then they can make that choice.”

In 2007 Scientologists were condemned as “flat earthers”, following revelations in court that an alleged murderer was denied psychiatric treatment due to her family’s Scientologist beliefs.

Scientology’s medical claims and anti-psychiatry propaganda is seen by many critics as mere quackery.

In the so-called ‘Anderson Report,’ published 1965 by the State of Victoria, Australia, Judge Kevin Anderson of Australia’s Supreme Court said:

“Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill… (Scientology is) the world’s largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.”

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Scientology Forced Labor Claims Hit the 9th Circuit

Two former Scientology ministers want the 9th Circuit to let them sue the church for forced labor, rejecting application of the First Amendment’s ministerial exception.

This video contains the audio from the hearing which happened on Feb 9th of 2012

Courthouse News Service reports

Husband and wife Claire and Marc Headley each filed complaints against the Church of Scientology under the Trafficking Victims Act after leaving the Sea Organization, an order of Scientology in which members work long hours and perform hard labor without pay.

The Headleys worked at the church from the early 1990s until 2005. Claire Headley claimed that the church prohibited her from having children and was coerced into having two abortions. She also alleged that members who tried to leave the church were followed, brought back, and deprived of food and sleep, among other punishments.

In his complaint, Marc Headley said ministers at the church physically abused him. He also claimed that he was told that he would be excommunicated from his family if he left the church without first going through a “routing out” process that requires members to continue their duties for free and perform hard labor.

Marc Headley has published a book about his experiences at the church, “Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.”

In 2010, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer threw out the Headleys’ complaints because he found their claims failed under the First Amendment’s ministerial exception.

On Thursday, a three-judge appeals panel heard arguments to revive the case.