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Narconon Friends, Foes Voice Views On Certification
By Michael McNutt
Enid Bureau, Daily Oklahoman
11 October 1990

Some praised the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center as the best substance abuse facility in the country while others said during a public hearing Tuesday it is a cult recruiting tool. About 400 people crowded into the West Chapel of the Marland Mansion complex for a chance to listen to speakers argue whether the center should be certified by the state mental health department.

Most of the people wore "I Support Narconon Chilocco" pins, and staff members brought their children who wore Narconon T-Shirts.

Gary Smith, president of Narconon Chilocco, said about 30 people were brought in from Los Angeles, Texas, and New York to speak or attend the hearing.

Actor Parker Stevenson read a letter from actress Kirstie Alley, his wife and spokeswoman for Narconon Chilocco, stating that she owed her success to the Narconon program.

Alley claimed Narconon International's substance abuse center in Los Angeles helped her kick her cocaine habit in 1979.

But Bob Lobsinger, publisher of the Newkirk Herald Journal, called the Narconon program "a recruiting front" for the Church of Scientology.

Dr. Forest S. Tennant, who once served as drug adviser to the National Football League, said Narconon's program "equals or exceeds" national standards.

Lobsinger quoted from a 1974 report Tennant made on Narconon's Los Angeles center in which he wrote of a "relationship between Narconon and the Church of Scientology that specifically religious practices are commonly used in the treatment of clients."

Narconon Chilocco has been operating since February without a state license. It applied for mental health department certification last month after state officials sought to shut down the facility.

The State Mental Health Board is scheduled to make a decision on Narconon's application for the 75 bed center at its October 18 meeting in Norman.

Newkirk mayor Garry Bilger and other residents of the tiny Kay County town spoke out against Narconon Chilocco's application because of the program's ties to the Church of Scientology.

Bilger said investigators and lawyers hired by Narconon wrote letters and visited town residents to intimidate them to not speak out against Narconon Chilocco.

Smith said that Narconon was founded using beliefs of the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Treatment at Narconon includes saunas and vitamins, methods advocated by Hubbard.
Sandy Wyninger, Los Angeles, who said she spent 13 years as a Church of Scientology minister, claimed the center should not be certified because it only replaces drug addiction with a dependency on Scientology.

State Mental Health And Substance Abuse Board To Consider Narconon Certification At Today's Meeting

NEWKIRK, Nov. 8, 1990 - The Oklahoma Board of Mental Health meets at 9 am today at Western State Hospital to consider the certification of Narconon, the controversial drug treatment program at Chilocco Indian School north of Newkirk.
Narconon Wednesday morning asked the Oklahoma City District Court for an injunction to prevent the Board from discussing their certification at the meeting. At press time the results of that court action were unknown.
A charter bus-load of between 30 and 40 Newkirk citizens plan to leave this morning at 4 am to attend the meeting and express their opposition to certification of the facility, which has been operating since February. The bus was paid for by donations from Newkirk and area residents concerned about the unlicensed establishment.
Early last week, according to sources, a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts was to have visited the facility, but was denied access by Narconon officials. The panel was to have been headed by Jerrold Jaffe, a drug abuse and treatment expert with the federal government; Dr. L.J. West, professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles; and David Dietch, who has served as chief executive of a large chain of drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S.

About the same time, Dennis Clarke, president of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights appeared on a Ponca City television and radio station and contended that the leaders of the inspection team were prejudiced against both the Church of Scientology and Indians. In answer to a question, Clarke said his commission was founded by the Church of Scientology. Narconon is also an organization closely connected to Scientology, and uses treatment methods prescribed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Last Thursday, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department officials completed and released to Narconon it's recommendation that the facility not be certified.

"We are outraged," said Gary Smith, president of the Narconon center at Chilocco in an interview with the Saturday Oklahoman. Smith said that the recommendation was based on "biased, false, distorted information on Narconon."

Mental Health Department spokeswoman Rosemary Brown said the agency would not comment on Narconon's allegations of persecution. We were hoping that we would have an orderly process of discussion of this at the board meeting," she said. "We prefer not to discuss it outside that setting where everything is on the record and official."

Claims of a conspiracy within the state mental health department in handling of Narconon's certification application surfaced Monday afternoon. Representatives of Narconon said they discovered a predated, unsigned letter in the files of the mental health department notifying Narconon that the program's certification has been denied. "We have finally found our smoking gun," Smith said. "There definitely is a conspiracy here."

But mental health spokeswoman Rosemary Brown denied the accusation, and said that the letter was routinely prepared in anticipation that the board would follow the agency's staff recommendation that Narconon not receive state certification.

"There's nothing sinister here. It's simply a time saving measure to expedite the notification procedure," Brown said. If the board rejects the staff's recommendation and certifies Narconon, a new letter will be prepared, Brown said. The board concurs with staff recommendations "more times than not," she said in an interview with the Daily Oklahoman on Tuesday.

The staff recommendation was prompted, according to the Oklahoman story, by Narconon's failure to allow an independent review team to inspect the center's "non-traditional" treatment techniques at the center, Brown said.

Smith claimed in the same story that the team included "religious and racial bigots," who were predisposed to rule against the center. Brown said claims by nearby residents of harassment by Narconon employees, the center's failure to pay contractors and the absence of Narconon staff members at a state training seminar also contributed to the staff's negative recommendation, according to the Oklahoman story.
Smith claims the conspiracy involves "the department of mental health or someone in it."
Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 15 November 1990

Justice Should Be Blind, But Not Ignorant

Geeese, I was gonna leave it alone for awhile and see what the rest of the world was doing, but as a true "born again Wog" I just can't resist...

Most of you know by now that Narconon managed to get Judge Leaman Freeman to toss out the State Mental Health Department staff recommendation against the certification of Narconon.

"Biased", he said.
Then Narconon went to Federal Court and screamed Indian sovereignty again, just for good measure.
So the board, without benefit of staff counsel or recommendation, did nothing.

But they have a much truer picture now of the beast than they might have had before last Thursday's meeting in Ft. Supply.
The Mental Health Department's staff had probably figured out that L. Ron Hubbard was totally unqualified to be in the drug treatment business;
-that his program has never been independently proven medically or scientifically acceptable;
-that it inculcates the Scientology religion in its patients as part of the treatment;
-that more Narconon units in the US have been closed than are currently in operation;
-that the cult exhibits identifiable attributes of mind control;

-and that it is maliciously antagonistic towards the mental health professions.

Lots of documentation proves it. Lots of people know it.

Even former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop knows it. He belongs to the National Coalition Against Health Care Fraud, which is vigorously protesting the promotion of the "Hubbard Method" (that's what they call Narconon's Purification program when they don't want you to know it's the Purification program).
If they do their job about half thoroughly, anybody the board picks to review Narconon will come up "biased". The Judge can make a career of tossing them out, one after the other.
All the way up to Dr. Koop. 'Spose the judge would throw him out too?
Standardly applied, this precedent setting decision could help establish the system of "Hubbardian Justice" broadly in society:

-Toss out the evidence, the witnesses, and the facts.

-Have the defendant tell his story to the jury.

-And then have the jurors vote to let him go.

That how a Com-Ev party works? (inside joke)

If only the unbiased are allowed to provide information to the board, Narconon and it's stable of Scientology experts and lawyers should also be disqualified.

Talk about biased...

These are the folks who believe that psychiatrists and psychologists are outright murders and classify them as criminals.

These are the people who follow a man who proclaimed that they should take over total control of all mental healing in the West.

These are the "beings" who proclaim themselves superior to all others on earth... Who derisively refer to the rest of us as "Wogs"... Whose leader was the epitome of sanity, so rational that he believed he had visited Heaven. Twice.

These are the folks who find themselves in the awkward position of applying to the State Board of Mental Health for permission to propagate their folly.

No wonder they're trying to intimidate our legal system. They know the Mental Health Department has the facts. And they know the courts don't.
Justice may be blind, but it should not be ignorant.
Tulsa Psychiatrist To Review Narconon Program For Board
By Michael McNutt
Daily Oklahoman, Enid Bureau
20 December 1990

A state agency barred by a court order from inspecting a Kay county substance abuse center named a Tulsa man Thursday to evaluate the facility.

Dr. John Chelf, a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in addiction, will make the review and report to the State Mental health Board, said Rosemary Brown, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.

The Narconon Chilocco New Life Center last month successfully blocked board members from reviewing reports from an earlier inspection. They claimed the documents were biased against the facility because of its ties with the Church of Scientology.

Mental health board members last month talked of naming the agency's advocate general, the person who represents complaining patients of mental health and substance abuse facilities but reconsidered after Narconon objected, Brown said.

An Oklahoma County associate district judge last month ruled the department was biased against Narconon. The ruling came a day before board members were scheduled to act on certifying the program, which has been questioned because of its emphasis on saunas and vitamins, a method devised by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.

Chelf has the freedom to make an evaluation of Narconon by himself or ask for help from experts not employed by the mental health department, Brown said. (Reprinted with permission from the Daily Oklahoman, Friday, December 14, 1990)

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 14 February 1991

Kaws Want Narconon Out

Great purple postulations!
The Kaw Tribe has approved a resolution calling for the termination of the lease between the Chilocco Development Authority and Narconon International, Inc.

The resolution lists seven points the tribe says represent "a flagrant disregard of the proprieties" between the parties involved.

The resolution says Narconon lease payments have been consistently late, and some have been returned due to insufficient funds. It says there have been difficulties encountered in the process of (Narconon) returning (borrowed) property to the Chilocco Development Authority, and that the tribe suspects Narconon of fraud in the reporting of the number of patients served. It says Narconon has failed to become certified under the State Department of Mental Health, that Narconon is suspected of fraud in reporting of their direct relationship to the Church of Scientology, and is suspected of dumping solid waste materials on Kaw Nation property.

The resolution "recommends and fully supports the termination of the Lease Agreement..." and "officially directs and authorizes" Kaw Chairperson Wanda Stone to initiate the process to terminate the lease. The resolution was approved on February 2, 1991 by the Executive Committee with 6 votes in favor, none against, and one abstention.

Good sense prevails.

Narconon responded characteristically, in a letter to the tribe, by attacking former Scientologists who have come to their senses and subtly suggesting that there will be "trouble" if the tribal leaders don't agree with them. All the while failing to address any of the real problems and concerns that exist about their organization.

Narconon begins it's second year of unlicensed and uncertified operation this month. You try opening a barber shop without a license and see how long it takes the state to shut you down.
Even if you call it the Church of the Holy Haircut, they'll be on you in a New York minute. Narconon will blame the delay on the state, of course. But the fact is, they can't be certified because their "treatment " is "Scientology religion" and the state cannot sanction or franchise any religion. As medical or scientific protocol, it is pure malarkey. But you can't collect insurance money or public assistance selling religion unless you can dupe enough people into believing it is medicine. Trouble is, we didn't dupe up right.
We've been content, lately, to allow the system to run it's course, but Scientology apparently is becoming worried again. One of the other front groups, "The Citizen's Commission on Human Rights:, which attacks legitimate mental health care, appears to be targeting the Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa. Big article in Tuesday's Tulsa World.
Funny thing. That hospital is where Dr. Dwight Holden works. Who's Dr. Dwight Holden? One of the certifying members of the State Board of Mental Health, of Course. Before they're done, they'll try to intimidate and frighten him and everyone else on the board. It's standard Scientology operating procedure. Nothing's changed.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 09 May 1991

While we've been content, lately, to let the system work, Goofyology has been milking the media for publicity every chance it gets. This week, they really got their wish... compliments of Time Magazine.

For those of you who have been unable to locate a copy of the May 6th Time Magazine anywhere in the county, we are reprinting the entire cover story in today's Herald Journal. Including a page from the International Edition that didn't appear in the domestic issue.
The Time story, as did the Los Angeles Times series last summer, further confirms everything we have uncovered about the menace of the Rondroids..
Empty news stands all over the county attest to the high interest this story has generated... or the high interest someone has in preventing you from reading it!

Scientology is not an organization we need in our midst, no matter how many TV barmaids they parade before the governor.

It was just another of their desperation dog and pony shows to try to generate a little free publicity and impress folks who don't know any better yet.
Hollywood, long the neurotic center of the universe, and it's equally strange population of overpaid shiny people fails to impress most Oklahomans, who tend to laugh at them instead of with them. There's a big difference; it just doesn't show up as good in Nielson ratings.
But nothing has changed in the past few months. Narconon is still unlicensed, uncertified, unsavory and unsafe, trying to market their brand of "religion" in a medical package, and hoping the state people won't notice the difference.
And they are still saying one thing and doing another:
Like circulating flyers soliciting new customers among the kids at Tri-State in Enid last weekend. Just a few months ago, they were telling us they had no intention of treating any Oklahomans. (Not that out-of-staters deserve that kind of treatment, either...)

Maybe they really do wake up in a new world every day!

During the last week in April, Dr. John Chelf of Tulsa visited Narconon, and his report to the Mental Health Board is due later this month. Barring more Narconon induced delays, the matter of licensing and certification should come up on their June agenda.

Scientologist like to call their upper level members "OTs" (Operating thetans). These are the wisest most knowledgeable, lucid, rational, sapient individuals in the cult... They claim to have magical "abilities" to make things happen.

So it's perplexing to them when us backwater Okies don't buy their bilgewater.

It's simple: "Livin' in the real OT (Oklahoma Territory) gives us some "abilities" of our own. Like the ability to think for ourselves. The average Okie is more "OT" by accident that Hubbard's Thetan ever was on purpose. Dr. Chelf's credentials suggest he is an above average Okie.
Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 01 August 1991

Caught It In The Wringer, Again

Scientology, according to Time Magazine, engages in everything from outright deception and burglary to dirty tricks like going through people's garbage in order to advance their agenda.

Propaganda intended to refute those "dirty trick" charges was mailed by Narconon (which still claims no connection with Scientology) to most of you last week... ironically using exact names and addresses somehow "appropriated" from the circulation list of the Newkirk Herald Journal.

None of our news rack customers received the package of slick, expensive booklets, but all of our mail customers did. All were addressed the same unique way we carry the names on our computer. And there were far too many of them to fall into the realm of mere coincidence, as will be alleged by Narconon, which has managed once again to get it's Thetan caught in the wringer.

Not only that, but the names they took came from a list of active subscribers from the second half of last year. New subscribers since January did not receive the package. We know where the list came from. They know where it came from, and now you know where it came from, because you know if you're on our circulation list or not, when you subscribed, and whether or not you received their stuff. It was our list. No doubt about it. The mailing was simply too selective to have come from public records, phone books, or anywhere but our office.

In their feeble attempt to rebuild a self-sullied reputation, Scientology's package of public relations pizzazz weakly attempted to construct a "conspiracy" between Time Magazine and dozens of other companies, business, and individuals on two continents which it blames for the Time allegations... a story that courageously confirmed everything we have been telling you for two years.

In Scientology lingo, it's a "Dead Agent" package... designed to discredit an "enemy" agent to the point that he will be ineffective and hence, a "dead" agent. True to Scientology policy, they have attempted to divert attention from Scientology's own misdeeds by pointing fingers and blaming everyone else for their problems. Just because every reporter who pokes around in their sordid history comes up with the same set of facts, they want you to believe there is a grand conspiracy out to malign them.

In this desperate and poorly thought-out effort to polish their reputation, these folks apparently believed using our circulation list to invade your privacy would help them achieve that goal. Did it?

While they were at it, they got ahold of an un-circulated brochure printed on July 13th for the Cult Awareness Network, which is having its annual National Conference in Oklahoma City this November.

Michael McNutt, a reporter for the Daily Oklahoman; George Tomick from KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City and I have agreed to host a media workshop at the conference, although none of us are members of CAN. That information was only listed on those brochures. Nowhere else!

On Tuesday night, July 16th, McNutt received a telephone call at his home from an oft-quoted local Narconon spokesman. The caller had a "pile" of suggestions for McNutt, including the comment that McNutt's professional reputation would be ruined if he didn't back out of the CAN workshop.

The caller also suggested that there would be demonstrations and possibly violence at the CAN conference and it wouldn't be very safe for McNutt to attend.

Can, whose leadership boasts Catholic priests, Jewish Rabbis, all kinds of Protestants, some nothings, and an especially healthy sprinkling of former Ministers of Scientology, is considered a "National Anti-Religious Hate Group" by Scientology. They have a "Dead Agent" pack already made up on that, too, which you may be getting next, addressed with our labels.
The District Attorney and the State Attorney General kind of wonder how they got those addresses. So do we.

You don't suppose they dispatched an Operating Thetan to leave his body and slither through the crack beneath our door and then telepathically extract the contents of our circulation file from the computer? They can do that, you know! Most of them are already out of their mind, so leaving their body is no big deal. They haven't got it all perfected yet, though. When they get back, TR-L (outflowing false information effectively) sets in, and they can't remember what they did while they were gone, so they make something up to explain it... like a phone book story, or something.

Or did they just grovel round in our trash, instead? Like ordinary mortal scumbags do.

Which was it, guys? An OT in action, or just Dirty Tricks? Did you really think that either would enhance your reputation in our community?
Narconon Granted Further Licensing Delay
By State Board Of Mental Health
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP), Oct. 24, 1991 - The state Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has voted to postpone a decision on whether to grant certification to the controversial Narconon Chilocco New Life Center.

Board members announced at 11:45 p.m. Friday that they would make their decision on the center's application Dec. 13.

The center near Newkirk in far northern Oklahoma was the subject of a daylong public hearing Friday on Narconon's petition for state certification. More than 250 people attended the hearing, 200 of which supported the facility.

State Mental Health Department staffers are recommending Narconon's certification request be denied. And Dr. John Chelf, a Tulsa psychiatrist hired by the board to evaluate Narconon, submitted a report questioning its effectiveness.

He said during an April visit, he was told patients dependent on alcohol and drugs were treated mostly with saunas and vitamins. Chelf said such treatment during the withdrawal process could be risky.

However, Narconon medical director Dr. Ray Stowers testified that he prescribes Valium and sedatives by phone to patients going through difficult withdrawals.

After some board members questioned why Narconon has no licensed person, like a nurse, on staff to distribute medicine, Narconon lawyer Harry Woods Jr. said the center would hire one.

Under further questioning, Stowers agreed that the center's program is not actually "drug-free," as its literature claims.

Mike St. Amnons, the center's public relations director, said under questioning that Narconon's manual describing the program as drug-free should be changed.

Among those testifying on behalf of Narconon was actress Kirstie Alley, who credits the Narconon program with saving her life. Ms. Alley now is national spokeswoman for Narconon.

"I think it's the best rehab in the world," said Ms. Alley, who has given about $380,000 to Narconon Chilocco for renovation work and scholarships for patients.

Ms. Alley, who said she broke her cocaine habit after undergoing a Narconon program in Los Angeles, advised the board members not to worry about details and to certify Narconon because the treatment works.

A Los Angeles doctor who developed the National Football League's drug treatment program testified that Narconon's program is safe.

"Does it work?" Dr. Forrest Tennant asked. "Beats me. There's no scientific evidence that it does. What's important is they apparently don't hurt."

St. Amnons testified that the set fee for treatment at Narconon Chilocco was $20,000, up from $12,000 when the center began operations. He said that members of the Five Civilized Tribes received free treatment.
Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 24 October 1991

The Guru Of Gubblebum

It appears that if you offer a drug treatment program that consists of standing on your head, eating mashed potatoes, and reciting Alice in Wonderland while chewing bubble gum, you have a fair chance of getting certified as legitimate health care in Oklahoma.

As long as it "doesn't hurt anyone."

All you need is a TV barmaid to swear it worked for her.

Never mind that four of your own doctors say there is no scientific evidence that it works.
Never mind that the only real independent study ever proposed for your program was turned down by the research facility's committee on Human Subject Review as unfit for human experimentation.
Never mind that you advertise it as "over 75%" successful when fewer than half your patients even complete the course.

Never mind that your policy calls for a "totally drug free" program, when it really isn't.
Never mind that you've been trying to get licensed for a couple of years and are just now getting around to hiring a real nurse to pass out the pills you advertise that you don't give.
Never mind that your "medical director" of 2 months tenure botched two blood tests and had another test report came back "almost incompatible with human life," and nobody on your staff was even trained well enough to weed them out from the material you presented to the state certification board. (That certainly shows your expertise.)
And never mind that standing on your head causes your customers' brains to melt until they absorb any goofball thing you tell them while they're in this upside down trance.

Never mind that all of your training material has to be "secularized" to hide it's origins because you're a disciple of the Guru of Gubblebum... that everything you teach your customers while they're in this condition is the output of that dead egocentric who decided to call his ramblings a religion because real science laughed at him.

Imagine.. the Guru of Gubblebum, perched upside-down on a W-meter (Weight Meter, or bathroom scales), spouting the verses of Alice, with mashed potatoes running out of his ears as he tries to chew his way into a state of infinity.

I believe I'd try to keep the Mental Health Board from hearing about that connection myself. Yep. I believe I'd scream for my first amendment rights, too.

Never mind that it's mostly a program of mind-manipulation. Druggies, after all, need their brains washed. They need to learn to communicate the good old fashioned way, with words like "beingness," "entheta," "PTSness," "havingness," "C/S-ing," "Q and A-ing," and other "enturbulating" terms of common, everyday usage.

Never mind that most of your graduates proudly announce that they are taking your "job placement" training; or are already working for you (in the medical records department?). You're not, after all, in the business of recruiting members for the guru, it's just that they naturally tend to lean that direction when they get done standing on their heads.
Never mind that stuff. You have a pretty fair chance of eventually getting a license because you "don't hurt anyone." That's great medicine. That's a real comfort to the consumer.
You want a license to be proud of?
First get real proof that the program works. Second, clean up the petty stuff. Third, put a sign out there saying it's a religious organization operated by the followers of the Guru of Gubblebum for the spiritual treatment of drug abuse.

Then fully publicize all the tenants of Gubblebumism so your customers can decide if they want to join or not before they spend their shekels. All the tenants. Even those "confidential" ones.

No one will die of pneumonia. Trust me.

You do that, and most of your entheta will evaporate into nothingness. And I'll even quit Q and A-ing you.
(The events, processes and characters depicted in this editorial are fictional and any resemblance to any persons, processes, or events in the MEST Universe, living or dead, is purely coincidental)
Publisher To Speak At National Cult Awareness Conference Friday
Robert Lobsinger, speaking November 1 at the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) annual national conference at the Sheraton Century Center Hotel in Oklahoma City, will detail the deceptive history behind Scientology and the establishment of Narconon in Oklahoma. Lobsinger is owner and publisher of the Newkirk Herald Journal. He will speak at 12:00 noon.

When Scientology established its questionable drug treatment program, Narconon, at Chilocco Indian School in 1989, it was Robert Lobsinger who recognized Narconon's connection to Scientology, and he received a joint commendation from the Oklahoma Legislature for his courageous coverage of the Scientology issue in Oklahoma. The May 6, 1991 TIME Magazine cover story labeled Scientology "the cult of greed," and characterized the cult as being responsible for "ruined lives, lost fortunes," and federal crimes."

Despite controversial and exhaustive hearings on Narconon's Chilocco facility, it remains uncertified and the Oklahoma Mental Health Board has given Narconon until December 13th to comply with all state regulations. This makes Lobsinger's presentation to the national Cult Awareness Network particularly timely and important, providing facts crucial to the people of Oklahoma, on a cult which this month's Reader's Digest identifies with the headline "A dangerous cult goes mainstream."

Also featured as a speaker by CAN on November 2, will be William A. Kolibash, United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. Kolibash successfully prosecuted the leader and a devotee of the infamous West Virginia-based Hare Kirshnas earlier this year for racketeering activity, concluding murder and other crimes. A third devotee was convicted of mail fraud.

Kolibash will focus on successful prosecution of destructive cults where criminal activity exists.

Michael McNutt of the Daily Oklahoman and George Tomek of KFOR-TV of Oklahoma City will participate with Lobsinger in a program on November 2 on "Responsible Media Coverage of Cults."

CAN is a national non-profit educational organization with 23 affiliates nationwide which was formed in 1978, the year of the Jonestown murder-suicides of 913 followers of Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple. It receives and responds to more than 15,000 inquiries annually concerning destructive cults and problems they pose to society. CAN's 2,000 members include mental health professionals, educators, clergy, law enforcement, ex-cult members and families victimized by cults.
Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 31 October 1991

That 'Anti-Religious Hate Group'...

Many of you have been told by Scientology that I am a member of the Cult Awareness Network, which it calls a "national anti-religious hate group."

But as usual, they are wrong on all counts. First, I am not a member of CAN. Until Scientology tried to sneak their Narconon unit into Chilocco, I had no idea there even was a Cult Awareness Network. But thank goodness there is.

Second, this "anti-religious hate group" boasts highly credentialed clergy of all religions. It even has a healthy sprinkling of Scientology "ministers" among it's ecumentical ranks.
Third, CAN "hates" no one. It was born of the love parents and family members have for the victims of destructive cults. CAN's purpose is to educate. It monitors the activity of some 200 destructive cults, be they political, psychotherapy, commercial, religious, or just weird in nature.
The common denominator of all destructive cults is that they operate on the illogical and immoral principal that the end justifies the means. Most destructive cults also have a single source authoritarian leadership, and a body of "protected" knowledge, made available only to the most trusted inner circle of members. Many destructive cults also employ the techniques of mind control.

CAN gathers facts that identify these socially destructive organizations and makes that information available to anyone who asks.

Legitimate, commercial concerns do not feel the need to attack the Cult Awareness Network. Legitimate Political organizations have felt no need to lambast CAN. The scientific community feels unthreatened by CAN. Genuine religions see no need to denigrate CAN.
Suppose CAN came out with some ridiculous claim that GM was really a "cult". Would GM spend a fortune harassing CAN members? Would they demonstrate at CAN functions? Would they protest the designation with all the fury and wrath at their disposal?
No I suspect they would laugh. Because the claim would melt under the slightest scrutiny. And that, of course, is why CAN doesn't claim GM is a cult. Because it simply isn't.
But for some reason, Scientology, which claims it is not a cult, feels it necessary to attack CAN; to demonstrate at it's conferences; to spread disinformation and innuendo about its members; and to whimper and whine to the media about its rights being violated. Methinks they doth protest too much.
Funny how only the cults get worked up about the Cult Awareness Network. Funny how Scientology, which claims to have the bridge to total freedom (however confidential they try to keep it) can be so vehemently opposed to a tiny group like CAN which only works to protect freedom of thought.

Could it be that they have another agenda for your thoughts?

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 07 November 1991

'Deaths In Dianetics/Scientology Institutions Spur Inquiry'

Suppose your newspaper received the following press release:

"Deaths In Dianetics/Scientology Institutions Spur Inquiry

Charging that it has uncovered a number of questionable deaths in Dianetics and or Scientology Institutions, a national citizens rights group today launched a probe into all deaths of members of those organizations over the last decade.
The probe was initiated in a letter from the Citizens Commission on Freedom of Thought (CCFOT) Executive Director to David Miscavige, Chairman of Religious Technology Co., the parent organization of Dianetics/Scientology, requesting the name and cause of death of all persons who died while undergoing Dianetics or Scientology training courses since 1980.
According to CCFOT, the high number of questionable deaths among members of the Dianetics/Scientology organizations apparently arises from a lack of concern for the lives of persons who have been placed in the hands of Scientology auditors.
One of the cases under investigation by CCFOT involves a person who apparently died during the group's "Purification Rundown", which includes several hours a day in a sauna.
"It appears that this person was killed by the Scientology treatment he was given, and yet no autopsy was performed" said the Director. "It is intolerable that deaths like this have occurred with no concern demonstrated by the Scientologists involved for the possibility that they are actually killing their patients."
CCFOT's letter specifies that if patient confidentiality provisions prohibit the release of names, the list may consist solely of total deaths and an enumeration of the reported causes of death.

"The lives of thousands of Scientologists depend on a thorough investigation of all deaths of members of all Dianetics / Scientology groups. Only by finding out the causes of these deaths will it be possible to prevent future needless deaths at the hands of Scientology," said the Director.

CCFOT was established in 1991 by the Cult Awareness Network to investigate and expose Scientology's violations of Freedom of Thought through mind control techniques."

Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Yet a very similar release was received this week by most newspapers in the state. Except that it was from Scientology's Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, charging the state Mental Health Department with alleged abuses.

Forty years Scientology has been around, and it's not until they fear they won't get their phony Narconon drug program licensed that they decide to give a damn about Oklahoma's mentally ill. We trust that the state recognizes this simple ploy for what it is - further attempts to intimidate the state into granting legitimacy to a huge confidence game.

Further - we wonder just how Scientology would respond to such a probe of their own inner sanctum. Proven charges of abuses can be rectified in the state system. Scientology operates in the murky area beyond laws which protect their members' interests.

One suspects that CCFOT would have little success in gaining any credible information from Scientology on the subject, in spite of the fact that former members tell many harrowing tales of suicides and mysterious deaths allegedly attributable to the organization's methods of operation.

We suspect that CCFOT would be met only with predictable self-righteous rage and demagoguery. Nevertheless, if the kettle is going to start calling the pot names, maybe it should be done.

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