Hate Groups Archive

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bullet Charity or ‘racket’? Planet Aid, Inc. says it is a nonprofit organization that supports programs in 15 underdeveloped countries. The group, which has 16,000 clothing and shoe collection boxes all around the US, recently expanded into the Bangor, Maine area, which prompted the Bangor Daily News to take a closer look.

Planet Aid is connected to a controversial cult-like Danish group called Tvind.

British journalist Mike Durham, who runs a watchdog website on the group, told the paper that Tvind is a moneymaking global conglomerate masquerading as a humanitarian organization.

“It’s an international ‘charity-business’ racket, controlled by a money-driven cult,” said Durham, who has spent a decade investigating Planet Aid, Tvind and Humana People to People. “This applies to Planet Aid just as much as to all the other parts of this large and weird organization.”

The in-depth article points out that CharityWatch gave Planet Aid a failing grade. But it also reports that, according to a Planet Aid spokesperson, the organization has received support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health.

Our archive of articles about Tvind/Humana/Planet Aid
Research resources Tvind, Humana, and Planet Aid

bullet New Jersey is home to 51 hate groups, which includes 11 black separatist groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center says.

bullet In Canada, Jehovah’s Witnesses are no longer only going door-to-door. They’ve taken to witnessing on the streets as well — just like they have been doing in the U.S. for several years already.

“People are not at home more than ever before,” says Mark Ruge, director of public information for the movement.

We’ve got some public information about the group as well, alerting people to the fact that theologically it is a cult of Christianity. Its false theology can be deadly. Literally.

bullet Case in point: A Jehovah’s Witness with severe learning disabilities can be given blood if his life is at risk during dental surgery, Northern Ireland’s most senior judge has ruled.

Why does a judge need to get involved in such a seemingly no-brainer decision? Because the Watchtower — the legal entity behind Jehovah’s Witnesses, which considers itself to be God’s representative on earth — keeps teaching nonsense about blood and blood transfusions.

bullet Speaking of deadly teachings (and Canada)… Narconon, a ‘drug rehab’ program based on the junk science of Scientology cult founder L. Ron Hubbard, is trying to open a center in Hockley, a small rural community in Canada. Local residents are not amused.

In April last year Narconon’s center in Quebec was shut down for ‘dangerous practices.’ And in the States, where several Narconon facilities have lost their state certifications, the organization faces a number of wrongful death lawsuits.

What you should know about Narconon
The Narconon – Scientology connection

bullet Cult expert Steve Hassan recently spent some time in Los Angeles, meeting with survivors of child sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

In this video he talks with a survivor, as well as with a representative of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

bullet You may have heard the term “Stockholm Syndrome,” but do you know what it is and where the 40-year-old term came from?

Scientology cult entities, leader sued over harassment

The wife of a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology has filed a lawsuit against the cult’s controlling entities, cult leader David Miscavige, and two men believed to be working on behalf of the ‘church.’

In her lawsuit Monique Rathbun, wife of Mark “Marty” Rathbun, describes “three years of ruthlessly aggressive misconduct” by the church and its employees, alleging they have waged a campaign of surveillance, dirty tricks, intimidation and harassment.

Mark Rathbun left the Church of Scientology in 2004, and has been an outspoken critic since 2009, when he featured — along with former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder — in The Truth Rundown, a series of investigative reports on the Church of Scientology.1

Profile from The Truth Rundown

Profile from The Truth Rundown

In that report, high-ranking defectors tell of violence in Scientology’s top ranks.

Rathbun, who married Monique in 2010, now is an independent Scientologist or, in the church’s terms, a ‘squirrel’.2

Spies Sue The Cult

In September, 2012, two goons involved in the harassment of the Rathbuns sued the Church of Scientology for payments they said they had not received.

Two months later the lawsuit was dropped, likely because a settlement was reached out of court — following a pattern in other lawsuits between the cult and its critics.3

Restraining Order

Following Rathbun’s lawsuit, a Texas judge has issued a Temporary Restraining Order.

The Tampa Bay Times says

District Judge Bruce Boyer signed the restraining order Friday, legally preventing Miscavige and the other defendants from surveilling Monique Rathbun, threatening her, following her or contacting people she knows.

A hearing is scheduled for September. The suit also seeks damages of more than $1 million.

The paper also quotes the reaction of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, who as usual makes about as much sense as L. Ron Hubbard did.

Read the Complaint
Read the Temporary Restraining Order

Notes:

  1. Published in the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times
  2. In a 1990 series of reports on the cult, The Los Angeles Times explained:

    The Church of Scientology hates “squirrels.”

    That is the scornful word L. Ron Hubbard used to describe non-church members who offer his teachings, sometimes at cut-rate prices. Most are ex-Scientologists who say they believe in Hubbard’s gospel but left the church because its hierarchy was too oppressive.

    “We call them squirrels,” Hubbard once wrote, “because they are so nutty.”

    Hubbard contended that only church members are qualified to administer his self-improvement-type courses. Outsiders, he said, inevitably misapply the teachings, wreaking spiritual harm on their subjects.

    But those who have launched “independent” Scientology-style centers say Hubbard concocted this as an excuse to eliminate competition so he could charge exorbitant prices for his courses.

    As far back as 1965, Hubbard demonstrated his disdain for breakaway groups, ordering his followers to “tear up” the meetings of one such organization and “harass these persons in any possible way.”

    The intolerance still exists.

    Indeed, the Church of Scientology is known for its lengthy, ongoing history of hate- and harassment activitiesunethical behavior based on the policies of the cult’s nutty founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

  3. See also: Scientology’s Master Spies