Dressing Up Scientology’s Front Groups, or The Lipstick on The Pig

11 07 2008

Glosslip: Dressing Up Scientology’s Front Groups, or The Lipstick on The Pig

July 9th, 2008

The greatest trick the devil pulled off was convincing the world he didn’t exist. If the devil doesn’t exist, then no one will focus attention on him and his ugliness. And that seems to be par for the course for many cults and criminal organizations. The best PR for rotten organizations like the Church of Scientology is the set up of benevolent groups that offer services to help mankind. It’s the best way to sneak in and infiltrate all levels of society, and people should be alerted to this kind of subversive activity.

Appealing to the youth

The above video is a Public Service Announcement from the Youth For Human Rights International. Youth For Human Rights certainly seems like a good group at first glance. In an age where young people are more apathetic than ever, it’s encouraging to see youth stand up for human rights. The above PSA has a catchy beat and a very positive message, that’s a given. Why then am I including this video as an example of the devil’s age-old trick? Because this human rights group is a front group for the Church of Scientology. Its founder, Mary Shuttleworth, is a Scientologist and the organization is mostly staffed by Scientologists. Many people catch on to the fact that YHRI is a front group, but they don’t find out until it’s too late.

Many non-Scientologist youth join YHRI not knowing it is a front group for Scientology. Their good intentions to make the world a better place are misused by people who intend to push the “technology” of a raving lunatic into all levels of society. In fact, YHRI is set up to draw many young people into Scientology, which is what most Scientology front groups are designed to do.

Why the furor over Will Smith’s new private school?

Many people must be wondering why there is a lot of controversy over the New Village Academy, a school set up by actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett. The New Village Academy intends to employ a lot of educational approaches in this new type of school. But one stands out the most: the employment of Scientology Study Technology. That is the one thing that is controversial about Will Smith’s new school. Since this revelation came out in the media, Jacqueline Olivier, the principal of New Village Academy, and Will Smith have strongly insisted the new school is not a Scientology school. But why is Study Tech controversial?

Study tech is founded on 3 principles: Using visual images to teach concepts, breaking down complex concepts, and using the dictionaries to find the meanings for unfamiliar words. Seems reasonable enough, given that’s how children are taught in the first few grades of elementary school. But Study Tech is unavoidably tainted with Scientology related teachings, therefore raising questions about the separation of church and state. There have been numerous attempts to slip Study Tech into public schools as well, which is much worse than Will Smith’s private school employing Study Tech . Study Tech in itself is just a concept, not a front group. The relevant front group that pushes it in public schools is Applied Scholastics, which is a misnomer.

CCHR-An Industry of Fear and Paranoia

Another misnomer for a front group name is the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. The CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and non-Scientologist psychiatry critic Thomas Szasz, and since then it has been spreading lies and misinformation about psychiatry and psychology. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote of psychiatrists:

“Crimes of extortion, mayhem and murder are done daily by these men in the name of ‘practice’ and ‘treatment’. There is not one institutional psychiatrist alive who, by ordinary criminal law, could not be arraigned and convicted of extortion, mayhem and murder. Our files are full of evidence on them.”

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The CCHR formed a website called PsychCrime, which tracks down crimes committed by individual mental health professionals. Granted, crimes are committed by individual psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health professionals, but the CCHR takes their crimes and makes a mountain out of a mole hill. In 2005, the CCHR debuted its notorious Psychiatry-An Industry of Death museum exhibit, which blames psychiatry for everything from Hitler and the Holocaust to Kurt Cobain’s suicide.

The CCHR is one of the worst Scientology front groups because it uses lies and half-truths to instill paranoia not only into Scientologists, but also the general public. It is this paranoia that led to the death of Elli Perkins by her schizophrenic son Jeremy. It is also this paranoia that eventually killed Lisa McPherson, who died in the care of Scientologists who did not want her in a psychiatric ward . And the paranoia the CCHR propagates originates from a man who was probably mentally ill himself.

More focus needed

There are lots of other front groups that are not mentioned here but a little search on Google will bring up a complete listing of Scientology front groups. So far the monthly Anonymous protests have dealt with the Church of Scientology’s tax-exempt status, the disconnection policy, the fair game policy, and the Church of Scientology’s elite Sea Organization. The upcoming July 12th deals with the subversive activities of OSA. Scientology’s front groups deserve lots of focus because they are the “secular” fronts of Scientology, meaning their ties with Scientology are not obvious. It is like Intelligent Design used as a deceptive name from Creationism. Each of Scientology’s front groups claims the groups have nothing to do with Scientology, and on paper, each Scientology front group is an independent entity. But more public scrutiny is needed because with these front groups, L. Ron Hubbard’s insane “tech” is fed to the public.

If the Church of Scientology’s influence is to be reduced to pussycat size, then the focus of a future protest should be its front groups.

Extra: Watch this point by point refutation of the CCHR propaganda film “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death”:

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