December 22, 2002 Crackdown on Preying Cults
BRAINWASHING cults which prey on vulnerable youngsters are to be targeted in a Government crackdown.
Home Secretary David Blunkett is drawing up laws that will create a new legal definition of cults distinguishing them from mainstream religions.
Mr Blunkett says the law needs to protect young people who are being exploited financially and sexually.
The move follows the death in mysterious circumstances last year of a British man who claimed he had been molested by Indian mystic Sai Baba.
Groups deemed to be cults will be unable to apply for charitable status, which allows them tax perks, and they will face close financial monitoring.
Any signs that recruits are being exploited for their cash will result in prosecutions. Laws may also be made that relate to detaining people through psychological manipulation.
Other organisations that may be affected include the US-based Church of Scientology and the Moonies.
A Scientology spokesman said last night: "We are not a cult. We're recognised as a religion all over the world."
Note from webmaster: L Ron Hubbard's Scientology meets not only all the criteria for a cult, but Federal Judges feel it is a cult or a fraud, ex-members feel it is a cult, and further, many feel it is no more than a complete fraud, cloaked by written internal policies to look like a cult which is then in turn cloaked as a religion in a conspiracy to avoid public and government scrutiny.
To the extent that the Behar Article uses the term "Scientology," Chief Judge Walker is of the view that the term as used denotes a belief system, or, as the Article puts it, a "cult," [page 8]
Congressman Leo J Ryan letter to Ida Camburn:
Congress of the United states
Viva la France! France passes anti-mental manipulation law
Scientology from the Inside Out - Nov-Dec 1993 Quill Magazine: "I also trained other Scientology PRs on how to handle the media, using material from Hubbard. This included how to respond to a question without answering, how to divert the issue, how to tell "an acceptable truth," how to stall for time, how to assume various emotional states to control another, how to "attack the attacker," how to take control of a conversation, how to introvert a person and how to "get the message across" (especially in an age of sound bites), how to help Scientology attorneys write inflammatory legal papers so the PR could then safely use the abusive phrases, and how to appear to be a religion."
What A Scientologist Faces to Leave Scientology - The Scientology Matrix
Overview of Scientology Problem by Time Magazine's Richard Behar
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