All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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Professor Alexander Dvorkin
«As of late, totalitarian cults were being perceived exclusively as a social phenomenon, although, over the past decade, they have become one of the main problems for international security. The world was stunned by the news of the multiple victims of the "Order of the Solar Temple" in 1994 and 1995, the gas attack by "Aum Shinrikyo" in a Tokyo subway in March 1995 and the mass suicide by members of the "Heaven's Gate" cult in Los Angeles seven years ago. France, Germany, Belgium and Spain have enacted legislation in response to parliamentary reports about the danger of cults that practice mind control and exploit their followers.»
«In history there were some sects that renounced the world and went off into the taiga and lived their own life. That was, at least, honorable. Current-day sects are like businesses and they renounce the world but are not able to live without it. That is, they do not produce anything themselves. They need to collect resources, financial and human. They pump out of a young man his health and money and after a few years, when his resources drop it is easier to abandon him and win over a new adept.»
«Another totalitarian sect, Scientology, defines ethics as the elimination of all ideas contradictory to Scientology, and once that goal is achieved, to eliminate altogether all non-Scientology ideas. It's difficult to call such a definition of ethics compatible with equal rights for all and with freedom of conscience.»
«After the Russian Orthodox Church began to look into the activities of Scientology and similar groups it established within its Publications department a counseling and information center on cults in 1994. When the Scientologists found out that the head of the center, Alexander Dvorkin, was not necessarily an ally of them [Exh. No. 317], he was treated from then on as an enemy. In 1996 under the guidance of the "Office of Special Affairs" a coalition composed of several "new religious movements" was formed: the "Committee for the Protection of Freedom of Conscience" [Exh. No. 318]. Subsequently the Committee initiated a gigantic, media-supported libel suit against Dvorkin and the Orthodox Church for the publication of a book critical of Scientology and its allies. After a lengthy trial, the suit was dismissed on May 21st, 1997 [Exh. No. 319, Excerpt]. An appeals court later upheld the judgement on February 24th, 1998.»
«After my first publication on Scientology I received a visit from Ms. Birte Heldt, a Danish citizen who was then director of the Hubbard Humanitarian Center in Moscow. Though she tried to look friendly, the main purpose of our encounter soon became evident: "We would like you to know that anybody standing in the way of Scientology ends up very badly." "Are you threatening me?" I asked. "No, just warning you," she replied.»