Friday, July 29, 2005

A Scientologist Perspective


http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/abbott/050727
From Doyle Mills of Clearwater, Fla., a member of the Church of Scientology.

"I am an American and a fervent defender of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I am also a Scientologist. Scientology holds the distinction of being the only major world religion to have been founded by an American, L. Ron Hubbard, born in Nebraska in 1911. Of this I am very proud.

"Psychiatry, the movement which masquerades as a science and a branch of medicine, is Germanic in origin. The different political realities of the United States versus 19th-century Europe can be observed when examining psychiatry.

"Psychiatry is a pseudo-science. Not one of their 'disorders' has been proven to exist in actual fact. There is no known 'chemical imbalance.' Yet, the authoritarian message that they somehow know what is best for you is promoted every second of every day on television, radio, magazines — every outlet. This is propaganda at its worst, with advertising budgets running into the billions every year.

"That alone should be enough for any of us to look at psychiatry with a skeptical eye. Yet, the full story is even worse. It is my contention that psychiatry is incompatible with any free society.

"Psychiatry's basis of belief is that no one is responsible for his own behavior. A person's happiness, sadness, and fear are all the result of brain chemicals, out of the individual's control. When someone does something wrong, according to psychiatry, it isn't his fault — it was his ADHD, his OCD, a chemical imbalance. A criminal trial routinely features a paid psychiatrist explaining that the person is 'innocent' because of insanity.

"The certainty that each person is responsible for his own condition and his own actions is the very cornerstone of society, especially in the United States.

"The definition of a Declarationist includes this line:
"'To enjoy the right of political self-government, men must be capable of personal self-government — the virtue of self-control. A people without decency cannot be secure in its liberty."

"Psychiatry declares that half of us are now or will be 'mentally ill' at some point in our lives and are not 'capable of self government.' Nothing even remotely like this has ever been proven. Rather, it is only accepted and promoted as truth by psychiatry in order to justify usurping an individual's rights and forcing psychiatric treatments on patients.

"Psychiatry's treatments degrade the individual and endanger all of us. Psychiatric drugs are known to cause violence and suicide in persons who were not like that before the drugs. That's not me speaking; that's from the Black Box warning that the FDA requires on all antidepressant drugs. Other psych treatments (shock treatment, lobotomies, ice baths) simply render the individual quiet, and incapable of fighting back. The victims are also thereafter incapable of the 'pursuit of happiness.'

"When a Scientologist speaks out against psychiatry, the billion-dollar propaganda machine works hard to throw out lies
about Scientology and Scientologists in hopes that we will fear speaking out. No, unfortunately for the enslavers, we may be the only truly free people on Earth. We will not shut up and we will not go away.

"Also, just to rapidly clear up a few misconceptions: I have donated money to Scientology but every single penny has been completely voluntary; when I have a physical illness, I go to a medical doctor, just like everyone else; you really can be a member of any other religion while also being a Scientologist. Find out for yourself what Scientology is at www.scientology.org or http://www.bonafidescientology.org.

"As a Scientologist I have learned the harsh reality of religious discrimination. I have great respect for the religions of the world and have friends who follow nearly every faith. Along with Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim persons, I am on the board of directors of the Pave the Way Foundation, an inter-religious group which works to establish cooperation between religions by gestures of goodwill. For example, we took over 100 Jewish leaders to meet with Pope John Paul II to thank him for all he has done for the Jewish people.

"The media has a field day reporting a 'conflict' between Scientology and psychiatry. There may be some truth to this. I am personally, vehemently opposed to psychiatry at it is practiced today. Yet the real conflict, seldom reported, is between psychiatry and individuals, and between psychiatry and the society. Psychiatry tramps on individual rights, parental rights, and claims scientific 'authority' to do so.

"When a Scientologist speaks up about psychiatry, especially a prominent Scientologist like Tom Cruise, the 'conflict' is plastered all over the media. The rest of what we do goes largely unnoticed by the media. Yet, the fight against psychiatry is only 1/1000 of what Scientology and Scientologists are doing. Getting rid of psychiatry is not our main goal and function.

"Working with individuals and like-minded groups, we are working to achieve the aims of Scientology, as written by L. Ron Hubbard, who said: 'A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.'"

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