Alternative Charlemagne Award

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.

Scientologist Frank Ofman
facing off with
Bob Minton in Boston

Lisa McPherson

Charlotte Kate's history of Bob Minton

Scientology's position towards Bob Minton

Holysmoke's history of Bob Minton

The Lisa McPherson Trust, Inc.

Mission Statement:

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

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.

Our Objectives

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.

Our Philosophy

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.

Lisa's Story

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

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

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

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


Bob Minton, 
for and on behalf of
The Lisa McPherson Trust

TELEPHONE (213) 960-1935 FAX (213) 650-0464 

18 November 1997 

    Robert S. Minton
    137 Freemont Road 
    Sandown, NH 03873


    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