Tag: Quackery

Health officials shut down Narconon drug rehab centre in Canada

quackery Health officials have ordered the Narconon rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Trois Rivières, Canada, to evacuate and relocate its 32 residents, citing concerns over procedures that “may represent a risk to health” and a lack of doctors on staff.

The agency’s decision not to certify was based on visits to the Narconon centre in February, and the recommendations of a national committee of experts convened in March to discuss the case.

Mental Health Minister criticises Scientology campaign

scientology 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.

Scientology’s anti-drug campaign under fire in New Zealand

Scientology An anti-drug group run by the Church of Scientology will be investigated to ensure money granted to it by the government was not misspent.

Drug education experts say the information in the pamphlets funded by the grants is not based on science, and should not be given government money or disseminated by schools.

NZ government funds Scientology’s anti-drugs quackery

scientology A controversial drug-awareness program widely considered to be a front group for the Church of Scientology has received funding from the Government of New Zealand to spread its unorthodox views through schools and community groups.

“This kind of quackery should not be in our schools,” says the director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

Scientology Forced Labor Claims Hit the 9th Circuit

scientology 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.

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.

Senior scientologist charged with perverting justice

Scientology One of the Church of Scientology’s senior international figures, Jan Eastgate, has been charged for a second time with perverting the course of justice.

Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights — a hate group found by the Church of Scientology engaged in a hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists.

French Court Upholds Scientology Fraud Conviction

scientology Updated A French appeals court on Thursday upheld the Church of Scientology’s 2009 fraud conviction on charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable remedies.

The case centered on the complaints of several people who spent huge amounts of money for the cult’s ‘purification packs’ and other alleged ‘cures.’

Church of Scientology sues longtime leader over critical email

Scientology The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church’s aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

Last November a number of former Scientologists also claimed the church uses coercive fundraising tactics to feed its voracious appetite for cash.