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Scientologist-led anti-vaxx ‘Conscience Coalition’ is off to a humble start

[Coalition member Veronica Rodriguez‎ (in yellow) and friends meet with Assembly member Ed Chau]

The Conscience Coalition is continuing to organize against SB 276, a bill that would require California health officials to monitor doctors and schools that have more than usual rates of medical exemptions from required childhood vaccines. Members are being asked to contact or visit their legislators to oppose the bill.

The Coalition is led by Scientologists Greg Mitchell, Renee Bessone and non-Scientologist Jonathan Lockwood. Its other members appear to all be Scientologists. They have announced two priorities — opposing childhood vaccination and promoting religious freedom.


This week the group created a website and issued a “Study Assignment” demanding that legislators read a series of documents that are completely unrelated to the bill. They include the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth which is a case upholding the act, the Hippocratic Oath, and the Nuremberg Code, which are ethical guidelines written to oppose medical experimentation by the Nazis during World War II. None of which has anything to do with California looking more closely at medical exemptions to see if they are based on science or on parental fears.


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The law in California is clear. Certain vaccinations are required to attend school. Some doctors may be issuing exemptions upon demand causing vaccination rates in some schools to drop. One would never know the nature of SB 276 from reading the Coalition’s materials. The new web site and press release ask four questions of legislators. The grammar is poor, but the intent is clear — to allow doctors to issue medical exemptions to any child without oversight by health officials. They want to allow doctors to lie about the medical status of their patients in order to gain exemption.

Will you act in accordance with the law of the land, the acknowledgments contained in the Supreme Court ruling and the Sotomayor/RBG dissent, the Hippocratic Oath and informed consent? Or will you blatantly disregard them by voting with your leadership and the corrupting influence of the special interests they are serving?

Will you protect the doctor-patient relationship and the ability of doctors to grant exemptions to children they know should not get certain vaccines? Or force doctors to violate the Hippocratic Oath?

Will you protect informed consent? Or force parents to inject their children even after reading and understanding the federally mandated warnings of the unavoidable risks of vaccine injuries and deaths?

Will you vote to kill SB 276? Or to injure and kill even more children? There is no public health emergency here. Lawmakers should put good policy and governance above politics, leave SB 276 in suspense and take the time to properly study and fully understand all the above.


Jonathan Lockwood is the non-Scientologist training the Scientologist members how to do political activism. It’s a small group and they hope to increase their impact using Twitter to target lawmakers. So far their impact on the discussion is negligible. Lockwood’s tweet announcing the new web site has only 70 “likes” and 20 re-tweets as of Saturday.


Lockwood urged members of the Coalition via video to concentrate their message. He makes it sound as if a lot is being done, but so far they have only one press release about the Study Assignment. Demanding that legislators read hundreds of pages of material is unlikely to turn this small group into a movement with an impact on public policy.

— Rod Keller


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

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Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,528 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,657 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,161 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,681 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 701 days.
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Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,899 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,767 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,541 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,315 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,661 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,227 days.
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Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,314 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,895 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,156 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,195 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,907 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,433 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,522 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,662 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,982 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,838 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,957 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,312 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,615 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,721 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,123 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,995 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,578 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,073 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,327 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,436 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 4, 2019 at 07:00

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