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Frantic father fears for son // 'They've turned his mind around,' says worried dad

Title: Frantic father fears for son // 'They've turned his mind around,' says worried dad
Date: Thursday, 8 August 1991
Publisher: Winnipeg Sun
Author: Rene Pollett
Main source: link (88 KiB)

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The Church of Scientology has turned a 24-year-old Winnipeg man into a different person, his father claimed yesterday.

The worried father, who asked to remain unnamed, said his son has been involved in the organization for about two years, and even though he works for the church, he has nothing to show for it.

"I've asked him a few times, 'What the hell are you doing there seven days a week?' " he said. "They've turned his mind around."

The son got involved In the Church of Scientology through a friend, and his wife is also a member of the church, he said.

"They got married last November ... I couldn't get over the wedding. I walked into the motel (the wedding party was staying in). Each one of them had the Ron Hubbard book with them."

L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of the Church of Scientology, and his beliefs are in his book Dianetics.

In May, after the couple had been married about six months, the church sent his son's wife to Los Angeles for a course, the father said.

"I couldn't see what kind of marriage that could create," he said.

The man said his son, who has also attended Scientology courses in Toronto and Los Angeles, claims his wife will only be there for six to eight months, and will be a supervisor when she returns.

Until then his son is living with him for free, he said.

"I can see what my son is taking me for," the man said. "He's a sensible, intelligent kid. I love him. He's my son.

"I taught him. He got an education. (But) because he's over 18 years of age, they can do what they like with him."

The man said he has tried unsuccessfully to contact people and organizations who might be able to help get his son out of what he calls "a cult."

He also contacted his MLA to try to get the province or federal government to take some action against the church.

"They've got time to put new taxes in place. They've got time to freeze the wages. But they haven't got time for this."

"Politicians are sound asleep on this thing."

But the man said he's reached the point where he wants the public lo know what's happened to his son.

"This is tough ... but those are the facts."

The man's son couldn't be reached for comment.