War on Scientology

It’s been called a ‘cult’ by a judge in the US Supreme Court and the Germans won’t have anything to do with it. The more I hear about it, the more I’m starting to realise just how messed up Scientology is. As if the Tom Cruise video wasn’t enough to get me going (“When you’re a Scientologist, and you drive by an accident, you know you have to do something about it, because you know you’re the only one who can really help…”), the fact that the “Church” managed to get it taken off YouTube really peeved me off.

Why people believe in this bollocks is beyond me. It was written by a SCIENCE FICTION WRITER! It’s obviously a cartload of rotten tripe! I don’t understand why someone would believe in this rubbish when they know it was just written by some guy.

Further to this are the allegations that Scientologists were responsible for the death of Lisa McPherson. After she had a car crash and a mental breakdown, they took her out of psychiatric care to look after her themselves, which led to her death, basically through neglect. They have untrained people practicing medicine without licenses, which is downright dangerous.

Anywho I heard today that all this controversy has led to the birth of an internet group known as Anonymous, which has declared war on Scientology. So far this has been by hacking their website and shutting it down, sending them pizzas, and (my personal favourite) sending them black faxes to waste the ink in their fax machines, but this Sunday it will go one step further with a global peaceful protest outside the many Churches of Scientology.

One of these is in Edinburgh, near the Tron in Hunter Square at 11am (and there was me thinking computer geeks slept all through the day). I’ll be there, and I’ll be sure to take some pictures and try and get them up here. I urge anyone else who wants a giggle to come along too. Apparently there are Facebook groups and events but I’ve yet to find one for the Edinburgh Protest.

Listening to: Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine


2 Responses to War on Scientology

  1. Lu says:

    What happened to Lisa McPherson?

    Lisa McPherson was a Scientologist who tragically died from a blood clot as a result of a car accident. Sadly, individuals tried to profit from the death of this poor girl. That’s why you know about it. Here is what happened:

    1. Lisa McPherson died of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot). Allegations to the contrary made about the Church by Medical Examiner Dr. Joan Wood on national TV were unfounded, as she herself would later have to concede when she was presented with all the evidence.

    2. None of the top medical experts around the country who have been consulted on this matter agreed with Wood’s conclusions.

    3. The only doctor to support Wood’s interpretation on national TV — without examining the evidence — was convicted of witness tampering. He intentionally broke a bone in the neck of a corpse in connection with a New Jersey lawsuit.

    4. Lisa’s aunt Dell Liebreich alleged in a suit against the Church that Lisa planned to leave the Church. This is false. Lisa had booked a Christmas/New Year vacation aboard the “Freewinds”, a Church of Scientology religious retreat and had paid for the airline tickets already.

    5. Liebreich hardly knew Lisa and admitted in deposition that she never had a meaningful conversation with her in her entire adult life and showed no interest in the living Lisa. Her deposition shows her concern about acquiring Lisa’s possessions.

    6. After Lisa’s traffic accident, she was seen by the hospital’s psychiatric liaison, who concluded that she was not a danger to herself or others.

    7. When the medical examiner looked at all the facts she came to the conclusion that Lisa McPherson suffered an accidental death as a result of a pulmonary embolism caused by an injury to her leg in the auto accident. All charges against the Church were dismissed by the prosecutor.

    8. When the judge in the civil suit was presented the evidence, he ruled that Lisa McPherson was at the Church of her own free will and dismissed a major portion of the case. The remaining part of the civil case ultimately settled. Here is the June 14th, 2000 press release.

    She was not mistreated, she was willingly in the care of friends. She did not lose 50 lbs.

    The medical examiner determined that Lisa died of natural causes. [The medical examiner initially found the cause of death to be “undetermined” and reached numerous erroneous conclusions wrongly suggesting that Ms. McPherson had been the victim of neglect or abuse. She then compounded these errors by presenting her mistaken analysis and conclusions to the public unlawfully and in a highly inflammatory way. Following correction of her error on Lisa’s death certificate and the formal finding that Ms. McPherson’s death was accidental ,as well as the revelation of other serious errors in her office, she resigned as county medical examiner.]

    This was a tragic accident made worse by the Lisa McPherson Trust.

  2. grammarking says:

    I’m not really bothered how good their legal team is, or how good they are at scareing people. The mere fact that they convinced her to leave the hospital (btw, if she was mentally unstable, how could she have left of her own free will? The church were obviously involved) says a hell of a lot.

    Settling outside of court also doesn’t say much about the confidence the church has in their own innocence, despite their powerful legal team. Surely they could have proven their innocence instead of just paying money to make it all go away.

    Admit it, this is all about money! Why else would you have to pay to get in or to learn the truth? If it’s the truth, tell everyone! I don’t see any reason why you would want to restrict access to it. Sounds very sinister to me.

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