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Letters // Church of Scientology a front-runner in fight on drugs

Title: Letters // Church of Scientology a front-runner in fight on drugs
Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2002
Publisher: The Times (Gary, Indiana)
Main source: groups.google.com

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The July 28 letter from Jim Beebe is the trademark of someone who lives his life filled with hatred. He is an authority in hatred.

This same man worked for the now-defunct, anti-religious group called the Cult Awareness Network until its bankruptcy filing in 1996. A Seattle Christian was awarded a large sum of money as punitive damages from CAN for the organization's participation in his kidnapping and holding him against his will.

Beebe has now made a career of denigrating religious groups' positive projects and activities that are designed to better society. It appears he has a problem with kids living drug-free lives and helping their friends and families to do the same. It seems he also has a problem with Catholics, Muslims and Mormons to name but a few of the religions he attacks.

The Church of Scientology has long been the front-runner in ridding our planet of the scourge of drugs. I can state that 100% of Scientologists are drug free. A Scientologist is a person who betters the conditions of himself and others by using Scientology, a state Beebe could never achieve.

Narconon was founded in 1966 by an inmate in the Arizona State Prison and based the program on the research and writings of L. Ron Hubbard.

An independent study in Sweden, where the government has supported Narconon for more than 20 years, found that 84.6 percent of Narconon graduates remained drug free.

Unfortunately for Beebe, the only things he can do are sit at his computer and write critical and bigoted letters to editors or solicit loans to pay his bills so he can spew his hatred on others. It is sad that Beebe has to sink to that level to get attention from others.

Mary Anne Ahmad
Director of Public Affairs
Church of Scientology of Illinois
Chicago