A diverse group of critics from around the world have joined via an internet web site in showing their support for the preentation of a human rights award in Leipzig, Germany on June 3, 2000. The recipient of the Alternative Charlemagne Award, Bob Minton, is widely known for his public information work in supporting those who have run astray of the Scientology organization. U.S. Congressional hearings on Scientology in Germany are scheduled within a few weeks of the ceremony.
English Award Site
German Award Site
Bob Minton at the Cult Information Conference
Victims of raids and seizures by Scientology will be pleased to learn that Robert Minton, who has been championing their cause in recent years, will receive a human rights award for his efforts on their behalf. Minton will be presented with the Alternative Charlemagne Award on June 3 in Leipzig, Germany from a German based group called the European-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA. The group was formed in 1997 to present the American Consul in Germany with a letter of condolence for deceased Scientologist Lisa McPherson, and has since expanded to include representatives from several communities around the world which keep watch on Scientology's activities. Scientology has been granted tax-exemption for religious purposes in the USA, but its methods are regarded as totalitarian in much of post-war Europe.
The Lisa McPherson Trust, Inc.
As things at LMT are evolving rather rapidly, I thought I should update the posting of just a few days ago as there are now new domains (to be effective next week), revised position statements, a correction was made due to a staff omission and new people have been added to the advisory board.The Lisa McPherson Trust 33 North Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater, Florida 33755 Tel: (727) 467-9335 Fax: (727) 467-9345 Email: email@example.com Web: www.lisatrust.net
Our Mission Statement
To expose the abusive and deceptive practices of the Church of Scientology and to help those who have been victimized by it. These were the final wishes of Lisa McPherson's mother, Fannie, who died before the Church of Scientology was held to account for Lisa's death.
To accomplish our mission, we will demystify and thereby make transparent the coercive processes and practices of the Church of Scientology. In this way, informed consumers can make an educated decision about whether Scientology can meet their psychological or spiritual needs.
We will expose the Church of Scientology's abuse of the human, civil and privacy rights of its members and critics. We will reveal its deceptive advertising practices that border on consumer fraud. We will bring to light those "religious practices" that violate civil or criminal law. At the same time, we will respect the right of all Scientologists to embrace any religious belief they may choose.
We will assist Scientologists in recovering from their unique personal experience with the abusive and deceptive practices of the Church of Scientology. We will offer counsel to Scientologists who choose to hear the truth about how the Church of Scientology uses deceptive mind control techniques. Our dedicated staff will provide the information, love and support to Scientologists that will enable them to release the bonds of cult mind control.
Finally, all of the people involved in the Lisa McPherson Trust will respect the dignity and innate human goodness of all current, former and recovering Scientologists.
The Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and staff of the Lisa McPherson Trust include a number of former Scientologists who have had firsthand experience with the Church of Scientology's abuse, and they are all in some way still recovering from it. They are decent, caring and compassionate human beings who have chosen to help others that have made similar uninformed decisions about the Church of Scientology. Moreover, they are willing and able to share their innermost personal experiences in the Sea Organization or as public Scientologists in order to educate and immunize others against the abuses and deceptions of the Church of Scientology.
The Church of Scientology draws its members from a broad cross-section of society, and, like other destructive cults, uses a sophisticated combination of deceptive recruiting methods, false promises, hypnosis, behavior modification, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, information control, phobia indoctrination and other mind control techniques to entice and control its members. There is no shame in having been seduced into a group like the Church of Scientology. Likewise, there need be no reluctance to leave after discovering that the organization is not capable of delivering on its promise of a "Road to Total Freedom."
Real freedom begins and ends with the never-ending quest of the human spirit to be free. This perpetual quest is the single most important factor that keeps mind control from being irreversible. Organized Scientology's claim of eight million members is a deception. Informed estimates indicate that there are at most 200,000 active members of the Church of Scientology in the world today. What is clear is that the vast majority of people who join the Church of Scientology reject it, because this organization does not deliver on its promises.
The Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and staff of the Lisa McPherson Trust will do our part to see that the human spirit of all Scientologists will always have a pathway to real freedom.
The story of Lisa McPherson's death broke in 1996, a year after she died in the Church of Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel after being held against her will for seventeen days. As the details of her tragic and senseless death began to be publicized, more and more people across the world came together through the Internet to oppose the abuses occurring in the Church of Scientology.
The Reform of the Church of Scientology
The Lisa McPherson Trust started operations in Clearwater, Florida on January 6, 2000. It was formed after decades of exhaustive investigation by media and government agencies as well as firsthand accounts from hundreds of former Scientologists. For more than twenty-five years there have been outcries that the Church of Scientology abandon its abusive and deceptive practices. But until now, there has been no formal organization committed to stopping these abuses. The Lisa McPherson Trust was established for that purpose, and we are now calling for the Church of Scientology to make the following reforms:
1) Tell their members and the public the truth about the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. 2) Tell their members and the public the truth about the history of Dianetics and Scientology. 3) Cease all illegal, unethical and harassing activities against their own members and those who criticize or disagree with Scientology. 4) Revoke the policies and practices that violate the civil and human rights of Scientologists and those who criticize or disagree with Scientology. 5) Revoke the policy of practicing medicine without a license and preventing people from receiving proper medical treatment. 6) Stop using and abusing the legal system as a means of harassment. 7) Stop keeping the technology of Scientology secret if it truly has the power to help the human race. 8) Encourage Scientologists to speak freely among themselves. Urge them to communicate with family and friends, even those who may disagree with Scientology. End the practice of "disconnection." 9) Revoke the policy and practice of using private and personal material from confidential counseling sessions to blackmail, harass and intimidate. 10) Stop using duress to extract exorbitant sums of money from their members.
The Lisa McPherson Trust firmly believes in religious freedom for all. But we do not believe that anyone has the right to engage in behavior that violates other people's rights or the laws of the land. Scientologists have every right to participate in the world's religious community in practicing their sincerely held religious beliefs. However, the Church of Scientology needs to cease its abusive and deceptive practices.Our Officers and Staff Stacy Brooks, President Jesse Prince, Executive Vice President Kim Baker, Vice President Mark Bunker, Vice President David Cecere, Vice President Brian Haney, Secretary Duncan Pierce, Treasurer Grady Ward, Webmaster and Security Director Our Board Peter Alexander Stacy Brooks Gabe Cazares Patricia Greenway Brian Haney Jeff Jacobsen Rod Keller Kim Krenek Dell Liebreich Ed Lottick Bob Minton Duncan Pierce Jesse Prince Our Advisory Committee Gerry Armstrong Ida Camburn Priscilla Coates Paulette Cooper Ken Dandar Ray Emmons Steve Hassan Keith Henson Ralph Hilton Dan Leipold Arnie Lerma Frank Oliver Margaret Thaler Singer Margery Wakefield Lawrence Wollersheim Internet Resources
www.xs4all.nl/~kspaink/.Helpful Books Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves Steven Hassan (To order, you can call 1 800-860-2139 or order securely from the freedomofmind site above.) Captive Hearts, Captive Minds Madeleine Tobias and Janja Lalich Combatting Cult Mind Control Steven Hassan Cults In Our Midst Margaret Thaler Singer A Piece of Blue Sky Jon Atack The Scandal of Scientology Paulette Cooper We trust there will be many who will join us in our crusade. January, 2000 Copyright 2000 The Lisa McPherson Trust
Sincerely,Bob Minton, for and on behalf of The Lisa McPherson Trust
LAW OFFICES OF ELLIOT J. ABELSON 8491 WEST SUNSET BOULEVARD SUITE 1100 LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 90069-1911 TELEPHONE (213) 960-1935 FAX (213) 650-0464 OF COUNSEL JAMES L KEANE 18 November 1997 Robert S. Minton 137 Freemont Road Sandown, NH 03873 and Robert S. Minton 39 West Cedar Boston, Mass 02114
Dear Mr. Minton:
You appear to have undertaken the financial maintenance of a significant number of litigants adverse to Scientology Churches in the United States. You have even become the patron "dog and pony show" witnesses without legal claims, like the Youngs, who instigate disputes and sell their testimony to the litigants you underwrite. You're now even financing the travel of hate-filled individuals, some of whom have already been prohibited by courts from committing further acts of violence against members of the Churches of Scientology, from across the United States to the Church of Scientology's premises in Clearwater, Florida. You are, in this manner, a responsible party in fostering a climate of hatred in Clearwater, which endangers our staff and parishioners who work and live there.
The distraction to Church ministers and parishioners engaged in religious services by the potential hate crimes committed by the individuals you are financing, would not be occurring were it not for you going out of your way to foment their irrational hatred. If you have not realized it before, then recognize now that this creates a serious potential liability for you. A number of those with whom you have associated yourself through your patronage, such as Dennis Erlich and Keith Henson, have engaged in threats and acts of violence, attempts at intimidation and scandal-mongering. Association with lawbreakers such as these, combined with the monetary demands that inevitably accompany their involvement in litigation or similar fertile areas for attempts of extortion, make your actions of interest to the prosecutors to whom such conduct has been referred.
My client holds you, your associates and backers, financial or otherwise, personally responsible for any and all damages it has suffered or will continue to suffer as a result of your tortious officious intermeddling in Church litigation. The Church will not tolerate such conduct. I demand that you immediately withdraw all financial support for such matters and am warning you that you and those you're financing have crossed the threshold of legality.
I advise you to inform me forthwith what you have done to cease fomenting and financing unlawful attacks against my client.
Very truly yours,
(signed) Elliot J. Abelson