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Scientology shifting front group strategy — it’s all about kids, kids, kids

 
Rod Keller keeps a close watch on Scientology’s numerous front groups, and today he tells us about a new group emerging…

Scientology front group CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights) is opening a new front against psychiatry. CCHR is the protest and lobbying organization under which Scientology battles the “psychs,” taken to mean all psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers. The focus has always been to battle mental health professionals in legislatures and courtrooms, but a new initiative in development may shift the group’s focus towards parents and schools.

Coming soon – fightforkids.org, which will “use innovative technology to create a global movement of advocacy and engagement for the love and protection of children.” The metadata on the placeholder page states:

The Purpose of FightForKids.org is to provide parents with facts about child “mental disorders” such as ADHD, as well as the documented risks of the psychiatric drugs prescribed them. To provide parents with non-harmful medical and educations [sic] solutions to address problems of attention, learning and behavior without the use of mind-altering and dangerous drugs.

 

 
What innovative technologies will be used is unknown, but the bright, cheery colors stand in opposition to the dark imagery of CCHR’s protests at psychiatric conferences and the often-mocked “Psychiatry – An Industry of Death” museums and traveling exhibits. When Scientologists march they carry red and black signs and sometimes a Scientologist will dress as a crazed psychiatrist to torture a dummy with electroshock therapy equipment.

 

[Scientologists protest against psychiatry in London Birmingham in 2016]

[Industry of Death exhibit blaming the Holocaust on psychiatrists]

 
Expect fightforkids.org to shift from grisly protest toward education and to follow the lead of the Foundation for a Drug Free World and Youth for Human Rights which each provide a materials for parents, and a full curriculum that can be implemented in the classroom.

 

 
CCHR has always advocated against mental health care for children, but the new web site comes at the same time that CCHR sent “mature rated” DVDs to hundreds of schools in Australia, and we expect fightforkids.org to be the focus for CCHR’s new school initiative. Australia may be the pilot program for a global school initiative.

The web site joins two others Scientology has released in recent months that indicate a trend – scientologyreligion.org and standleague.org share a message that Scientology is tired of being laughed at. Scientologyreligion.org presents the views of scholars and government officials that Scientology is a real religion and standleague.org berates those who criticize or mock Scientology in the media. Both web sites advocate a new Charter on Journalistic Ethics in Relation to Respect for Religion or Belief, which if adopted would put an effective end to reporting on Scientology. Even mentions in passing such as this article in the tiny Durango (Colorado) Telegraph have come under attack from STAND.

 

 
We expect fightforkids.org to abandon the dark imagery of the Industry of Death materials and instead provide parents and educators with materials on the dangers of mental health treatments, and there are many that are legitimate. In doing so they will provide a more respectable face for Scientology’s anti-psych programs. The museums and angry protests have provided targets for mockery and Scientology is taking action on several fronts to combat derision in the media. CCHR appears to be shifting from the grotesque and comical to a more serious educational approach.

 
— Rod Keller

 
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Jeffrey Augustine talks to Janis Gillham Grady

Here’s Janis’s first interview about her new book, Commodore’s Messenger.

 

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,820 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,577 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,923 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,417 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,457 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,169 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 695 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,784 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,924 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,244 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,219 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 575 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,877 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 984 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,386 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,259 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 840 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,345 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,589 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,698 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 23, 2017 at 07:00

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GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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