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Scientology trying to use its UN connections to fight its favorite bogeyman, psychiatry

Scientology has a new article from front group CCHR, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. For years Scientology has courted the United Nations as it fights attempts by governments to tax, regulate, or prosecute the church. In August we reported that a Scientology front group was granted Special Consultative Status by the UN.

Now CCHR is attempting to leverage the UN in its battle against psychiatry, claiming that the profession obstructs the UN’s target of promoting literacy. The UN Sustainable Development Goal calls for members to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.“ Despite CCHR’s engagement on human rights, this attempt to influence the UN is a fool’s errand. Almost nobody reads Scientology’s blogs and those that do will not be swayed by the article’s logic, but it does provide insight into the group’s agenda.

In 1967, a group of psychiatrists met in Puerto Rico to discuss their objectives for psychotropic drug use on “normal humans” in the year 2000. Their plan included drugs to “enhance the learning capacity of the individual.” Today, with at least 17 million children worldwide consuming mind-altering drugs and the almost exclusive use of psychology-based curricula in many schools, literacy is fast becoming a thing of the past.



We found the Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting of American College of Neuropsychopharmacology San Juan, Puerto Rico December 12–15, 1967 online and it says nothing about such a plan. The meeting marks a time of change in psychiatry as health professionals made plans to transform America’s mental institutions from near-prisons into hospitals. New medicines were making it possible to treat the mentally ill instead of simply confining them. The quote from CCHR originates in a 1971 book edited by Wayne O. Evans and Nathan S. Kline, “Psychotropic Drugs in the Year 2000, Use by Normal Humans.” We don’t have that book, but doctors of the era were looking forward to a time when mental health treatment could be done on an outpatient basis, reducing the cost to the American taxpayer and improving the lives of their patients.


That any of this history has bearing on today’s literacy levels is an amazing leap of logic. Literacy is not becoming a thing of the past. Literacy levels are high and the U.S. ranks among the most literate countries in the world. Scientology blames this non-existent crisis on “psychology-based curricula” and the work of Ralph W. Tyler. Through his groundbreaking 1949 book “Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction” and a career that lasted through the 1960s Tyler shaped education in the U.S. and the world.


[Ralph W. Tyler]

Tyler proposed that schools should examine the objectives of learning rather than requiring memorization of facts, organize learning experiences to maximize their effect, and evaluate to determine which experiences were effective and which were not. An adviser to three presidents, in 1964 Tyler led the committee that created the National Assessment of Educational Progress, before which there were no measurements of student achievement. It sounds uncontroversial today, but this is the basis of the “psychology-based” methods opposed by Scientology.


Scientology’s alternative is “study technology,” an invention of L. Ron Hubbard. It’s an article of faith in Scientology that effective education requires understanding “absence of mass,” too steep a gradient, and the misunderstood word. Unlike the methods of Tyler there is no examination of learning experiences in Scientology to determine their effectiveness. Hubbard’s methods are beyond question for Scientologists.


Scientology blames psychology-based education for illiteracy, teen suicide, and drug abuse concluding “Ultimately, psychiatry and psychology must be eliminated from all education systems and their coercive and unworkable methods should never be funded by the State.” By quoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals they hope to recruit international allies in their fight. They have a foot in the door by promoting human rights at the UN but it’s unlikely they can widen that to fight the “psychs.”

— Rod Keller


Leaked document of the day

From the Valley Org documents release comes this item.

High drama at the Valley Org, with a report filed specifically as “Things That Should Not Be,” so that the woman being discussed will not get a copy of it.



Source Code

“I was up there at Oak Knoll for about a year, Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. And I used to walk around — all I had to do — I was a line officer and all I had to do was take off one collar ornament, and I became a doctor….And a little doctor up there by the name of Yankewitz, I used to prowl around there once in a while, Yankewitz was a pretty good guy. And he came, he headed this project, and it had to do with endocrine system. They were trying to do something for people released from Japanese prison camps. These people couldn’t eat. And if they did eat it went immediately into fat. They couldn’t absorb any protein. And I had discovered that there was an immediate index between protein and healing tissue. I used to talk to Yankewitz about it, and he’d listen tolerantly, because he didn’t think I was doing anything, see….And it was out of that year’s study that I concluded rather conclusively, on a very large series of tests, that the body cannot be monitored by what we call structure. And by monitored, I meant healed. It can be changed by structure, but only deteriorated. It’s a one-way route….I’m sorry that I don’t have the records. I’m sure they’re still at Oak Knoll, because I know nobody in the government ever read any records, they just make them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 15, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Auditing on SOLO NOTs has really helped me to fine tune my understanding and appreciation of truth. The meter responds when you get that as-isness. The mass blows and the needle/tone arm show the release of the mass that is associated with what had formerly been an untruth or a not-is. If there is an argument or upset that you get into with another person, you can always resolve it if you back track and duplicate exactly what had occurred (the truth) and then it goes and with its departure it takes any residual upset or resentment connected with it. The truth does set you free — as the truth gives you as-isness.”


Random Howdy

“The irony is that a supposed spiritual technology that is claimed to be based in science and logic to some degree is actually the most fundamentalist ‘religion’ ever created. The Westboro Baptist Church and the Taliban have nothing on Scientology when it comes to fundamentalist dogma.”


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!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,659 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,788 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,292 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,812 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 832 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 723 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,030 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,898 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,672 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,446 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,792 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,358 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,277 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,445 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,026 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,287 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,325 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,038 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,563 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,090 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,653 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,793 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,113 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,969 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,088 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,443 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,746 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,852 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,254 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,126 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,709 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,204 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,458 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,567 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 15, 2019 at 07:00

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