Title: Emancipation Proclamation for Scientology
Author: bob@minton.org (Robert S. Minton)
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 13:28:24 -0500


More leaflets keep getting passed out in our neighborhood in Boston,
including during lunch hour Monday in time to greet a Boston Globe
reporter who is doing another story.  More phone calls by Eugene
Ingram to friends and former colleagues, e-mail from David Lee while
in Seattle disturbing Vaughn, Stacy, the cats and Vashon Island generally.

OSA keeps saying that Minton money is no big deal. Why then do they
keep bothering with me? Pickets, private detectives,Dead Agent packs to
NBC, CBS, ABC and anyplace else they think I'm going?

I'll tell you WHY! I'm CRAZY! I'm crazy about what scientology does to
decent  human beings, like depriving them of basic human, civil and
legal rights. Using coercive mind control on them.  Using, in strict
adherence to the current policy of “Fair Game”, harassment and
intimidation to deprive critics of their rights to free speech. Using
totalitarian methods generally to abrogate the abilities of their members
to think critically. The extensive use of fear and heavy ethics on 
members, especially in the Sea Org, to control them.

Drawing attention to these evil and vile practices strikes at the very evil
heart of Scientology’s  management  tactics and policies. But most of
all management of Scientology fears that  drawing attention to these
things will strike a cord in the heart of Scientologists--who have no
voice, no human rights, no civil rights, no legal rights, no free speech,
no
free thought.  In other words, NO CHANCE, until they can break the chains
that THE Church of Scientology chooses to bind them in.

In other words, it is telling the truth about how  Miscavige runs
Scientology
that he fears the most. That is why he bothers will all of us critics. This
is why
he is afraid of ARS. That is why he is increasingly desperate.  He only
knows one way to run Scientology and he is about to be fired for doing it.

The internet is the last, and now the best chance for Scientologists
to have total freedom, to have a voice, to reform Scientology and
thereby make this a better world.  But Scientologists you must help do
this--Ron Newman's Web site, Andreas' Operation Clambake, Marina's
entheta.net and ARS web page summary, Rod's ARS Week in Review, Dave
Touretzky's NOT's Scholars page, Ray Randolf's Scientology-kills site,
Chris Owen's incredibly informative information, Martin Hunt's
storehouse of info, Tilman's personal histories and all the other
people and organizations who collectively make your freedom attainable
cannot do it for you. It is time for Scientologists to hold Miscavige
accountable for his failed leadership. Find new leadership from
within who are capable of letting you become a member of an
organization that you can be proud of rather than one that is the
scourge of freedom loving people all over the world.

To support your cause, critics can and will help you. We are not here to
destroy you but to help you make Scientology better able to adapt to the
realities of a changing world.  We are here to help you regain the dignity
you once had.   We try and help your cause in many ways and one such
way can be illustrated from this United Nation's Press Release that can
be found at: http://www.unog.ch/news/documents/newsen/hr982e.html   

Start of Press Release
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01/08/1998

SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE TO
VISIT THE UNITED STATES

The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights, Abdelfattah Amor (Tunisia) will visit the United States at the
invitation of the Government from 22 January to 6 February 1998.

The position of Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance was
established by the 53-member Commission on Human Rights in 1986. Mr.
Amor was appointed by the Chairman of the Commission in 1993 as the
second Special Rapporteur for this mandate. 

Mr. Amor is the Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Juridical, Political
and Social Sciences at Tunis University and President of the
International Academy of Constitutional Law. He will be accompanied in
the United States by a human rights officer from the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and by United Nations
interpreters. 

The role of the Special Rapporteur is to examine incidents and
governmental action in all parts of the world inconsistent with the
provisions of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of
Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, and to
recommend remedial measures for such situations. The Special
Rapporteur reports to the United Nations General Assembly in October
each year and to the Commission on Human Rights in March/April each
year. 

The Declaration was adopted without dissent by the General Assembly in
1981. While non-binding on States, such Declarations are recognized as
important sources of customary international law. The first article of
the Declaration states: 

1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
religion. This right shall include freedom to have a religion or
whatever belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in
community with others and in public or private, to manifest his
religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching. 

2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom
to have a religion or belief of his choice. 

3. Freedom to manifest one's religion or belief may be subject only to
such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect
public safety, order, health or morals or the fundamental rights and
freedoms of
others. 

During his two weeks in the United States, the Special Rapporteur will
visit Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Los
Angeles and Arizona. Mr. Amor has asked to meet senior leaders of the
major Christian denominations; leaders of Jewish groups, various Muslim
organisations and representatives of minority religious organisations.
As well there will be opportunities for other groups and individuals
to bring matters to the attention of the Special Rapporteur. In Washington
DC, Mr. Amor hopes to meet senior officials of the Administration and
members of the United States Congress. 

In Atlanta, Georgia on 29 January, Mr. Amor will participate in a
public forum organised by Emory University on the theme. 

End of Press Release
====================

I met privately with Professor Amor in New York on January 27 and
attended meetings on the 28th hosted by The International League for
Human Rights and the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or
Belief--both of which are organizations that really care about
freedom, human rights, free thought and free choice. They don't pay
hypocritical homage to these ideals like the current leadership of
Scientology.

Professor Amor chose to meet with me to hear another perspective
on the Scientology issue. He heard it. Earlier this month I wrote to him
and in part said the following:

----------
I am involved in a controversy with the Church of  Scientology over
the most fundamental right in a democracy--the freedom to speak.
Scientology cries that theirs is a persecuted religion attacked  by
bigoted critics.  Today, Scientology claims that  individuals and
governments who dare criticize their anti-social goals, tactics as
well as human and civil rights abuses of their own members are
engaged in a grand conspiracy to destroy Scientology.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  I am one of many persons
working actively through the internet who wish to force Scientology
reforms which will acknowledge that all of us,  Scientologists
especially, have an inalienable right to criticize, oppose or
scrutinize practices and tactics used by their organization which we
view as contrary to the respect and dignity required towards our
fellow man.  Without these most basic rights there cannot be freedom, 
religious or otherwise.

For many Scientologists, the quest for personal growth or spiritual
fulfillment has resulted in an unmistakably  traumatic experience
that has often times had a disastrous impact on their lives.  They have
been subjected to highly manipulative mind control techniques, severe
mental and physical degradation,  forced labor camps for "rehabilitation"
and the inability to leave Scientology without being subjected to their
vicious policy of "Fair Game" if the former member is critical of 
Scientology or its' practices. 

Clearly such behavior on the part of Scientology is contrary to UN
Resolution 36/55 adopted by the General Assembly on 25 November 1981
entitled "Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance
and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief" as well as the UN's
"Universal Declaration of Human Rights".

To further illustrate my point,  I will quote from the conclusion of
Professor Stephen Kent Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of
Alberta Report of December 3, 1997  entitled "BRAINWASHING IN
SCIENTOLOGY'S REHABILITATION PROJECT FORCE (RPF)"

"Without question the RPF's operation violates a number of human rights
statutes, probably involving such topics as freedom of religion and
conscience, labour laws, arbitrary arrest, forcible confinement, and
protection of the dignity of the human being (Kent, 1997: 39). The
human right issues become even more significant if the accounts of
children and teenagers on RPF programs are true (Jebson, 1997; Kent
Interview with Dale, 1997: 4, 16; Kent Interview with Pat, 1997a: 32;
Kent Interview with Pignotti, 1997: 30). Ironically, as the United
States Department of State heightens its criticism against Germany's
handling of the Scientology affair, at least three of these
abusive programs continue to operate on American soil."

I welcome the opportunity to discuss these and other matters of
mutual interest on January 27th in New York.
----------

In addition to the above matters and more, we also discussed: 

A. That 1,000's of people are prohibited from practicing their
beliefs--Scientology--in the Free Zone because the Church tries
to suppress all adherence to Scientology outside of its
copyrighted and trademarked enclaves.

B. The bizarre captivity and death of Lisa McPherson. 

C. The other mysterious deaths recently reported in the SP Times.

D. Stephen Kent's report on the RPF.

Professor Amor was not the first nor will he be the last that I speak
with about these issues.

Now why would anybody listen to me--Scientology DA material and all?

Could it be that I don't sound quite as rabid as Mad Dog Heber? Could
it be that I sound sincere? Could it be that I am credible and
Scientology management is not--having raved and ranted just a few
too many times? 

Scientology and Scientologists have clearly felt the sting of
discrimination, distrust and recrimination in many countries,
including here in the United States. This hostility and, yes, even
hatred has been directed by critics of Scientology at the management
policies and tactics within Scientology that are harmful and destructive
to current and former Scientologists and to critics of management 
practices. I share the belief with most critics and observers of the
Church that the vast majority of Scientologists are good and decent
people trying like most of us to find ways to make this world a better 
place in which to live.

The rank and file Scientologists is not my enemy and not the enemy
of ARS.  We are your friends and potential allies while you reclaim your
church from Miscavige and the lawyers he hides behind.  We have done
kind and compassionate things to help former Scientologists on the road
to recover from the barbaric policies carried out by your current Church
management. I want all Scientologists to hear this message.

The very survival of your religion is at stake due to the void in
leadership existing within your church. It is clear to many former
Scientologists, critics of management policies, and some within your
Church that David Miscavige is running your organization into history
at an accelerating rate--it is now the world's fastest dissolving
religion. I am no expert on L. Ron Hubbard, I don't share your
religious beliefs, in fact, I find them strange; as are my Christian
beliefs, probably to you but certainly to a high percentage of the
World's population. Nevertheless, I respect the United States
Constitution, your right to practice and believe in your own “applied
religious philosophy”, human rights and civil rights for Scientologists
and for all of us who share this space together.

The costs imposed on Scientologists today by Miscavige, his
followers and lawyers are heavy, unsustainable and will ultimately be
fatal to your organization if they are not stopped. These policies and 
practices are vicious, hurtful, debilitating and life threatening to you
and 
our fellow human beings. They are not right. They are not just. They are
not compassionate. They are designed to enslave minds. The price in
human terms has already been far too heavy for many to take. The
policies will be stopped.  Now is your time to make reform happen
within the Church of Scientology.

And, while you do, a group of the good and decent Scientologists will
rise to the top of your Church as rightful, just and compassionate
leaders. Then you will have saved your religion and started just
reforms. Then, you will certainly have done something, like you set
out to do, to make this world a better place in which to live.

I wish you good luck in your coming effort.

Bob Minton

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