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Aug 2, 2009
Strength in their numbers: More Church of Scientology defectors come forward with accounts of abuse — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
They are stepping forward — from Dallas and Denver, Portland, Las Vegas, Montana — talking about what happened, to them and their friends, during their years in the Church of Scientology. Jackie Wolff wept as she recalled the chaotic night she was ordered to stand at a microphone in the mess hall and confess her "crimes" in front of 300 fellow workers, many jeering and heckling her. Gary Morehead dredged up his recollection of Scientology leader David Miscavige punishing venerable church ...
Sep 1, 2003
Scientology and the European Human Rights debate: A reply to Leisa Goodman, J. Gordon Melton, and the European Rehabilitation Project Force study — Marburg Journal of Religion
Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen A. Kent
Source: Marburg Journal of Religion
Tag(s): Anderson Report (Australia)Aum ShinrikyoBankruptcyBrainwashingBrigette SchoenChild laborChildren, youthChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Church of Scientology of TorontoChurch of Spiritual Technology (CST) (dba, L. Ron Hubbard Library)Colonia DignitadConfidential preclear (PC) folderConvictionCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Cynthia KisserDead agenting (Black PR, smear campaign)DeprogrammingDouglas FrantzElliot J. AbelsonEric RubioEthics (Scientology)Fair gameFalse imprisonmentFalse Purpose RundownFrank K. FlinnFranz StoecklFreeloader's debtGaetane AsselinGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongGermanyHeber C. JentzschHernandez v. CommissionerImpact MagazineIna BrockmannInternal Revenue Service (IRS)International Scientology News (magazine)J. Gordon MeltonJason ScottJugen F. K. RedhardtJuha PentikainenKendrick L. MoxonKurt WeilandLarry BluntLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLeisa Collins (aka Leisa Goodman)Lorne DawsonMarburg Journal of ReligionMichael and Marla SklarMichael YorkNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon Chilocco New Life CenterNew York TimesOffice of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)Operation FreakoutPaulette CooperPeter ReicheltPierre CollignonPotential Trouble Source (PTS)Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Religion (journal)Rick RossRobert J. LiftonRobert S. "Bob" MintonRoy WallisSalarySea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Security check ("sec check")Shirley LandaStephen A. KentSuppressive person (SP)Susanne SchernekauSynanonThe Family (formerly, Children of God)Tilman HausherrUrsula CabertaVivien Krogmann Lutz
Aug 16, 2002
Death of a Scientologist — Chicago Reader
Type: Press
Author(s): Tori Marlan
Source: Chicago Reader
Greg Bashaw's father respected him and trusted him to make wise choices. Even after he chose to devote his life to Scientology. While the shock and grief of his son's suicide were still fresh, Bob Bashaw read back through their decades-long correspondence, looking in particular for references to Scientology. "I wanted to see what there was here I missed," he says. His son Greg had been a member of the Church of Scientology for more than 20 years. During that time ...
Tag(s): American Psychological Association (APA)Anti-psychiatryAuditingBlackmailBody thetans (BTs)Chicago ReaderChurch of Scientology Flag Service Organization (CSFSO)Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Communications CourseConfidential preclear (PC) folderCostCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Cynthia KisserDead agenting (Black PR, smear campaign)DeathDeprogrammingDisconnectionDivorceE-MeterEngramErich FrommFACTNetFair gameFalse imprisonmentFreedom (Scientology magazine)Greg BarnesGreg BashawInternal Revenue Service (IRS)International Association of Scientologists (IAS)Introspection Rundown (also, "Baby watch")Jason ScottJim BeebeLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLisa McPhersonLisa McPherson TrustMargaret Thaler SingerMary Anne AhmadMental illnessNazi labellingNoah LottickOperating Thetan (OT)Operation Snow WhitePhilip GalePotential Trouble Source (PTS)Protest, picketQuentin Geoffrey MaCauley HubbardReader's DigestReg AlevRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Release contract, form, waiverReligious Technology Center (RTC)Scientology's "Clear" stateScientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Security check ("sec check")Silencing criticism, censorshipSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Steven HassanSue StrozewskiSuicideSupernatural abilities (aka OT powers)Suppressive person (SP)Tax matterTori MarlanWeddingXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)
Mar 22, 1999
Supreme court rules against anti-cult network — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Source: Seattle Times
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court today left intact a $1.08 million award against the Cult Awareness Network over the 1991 abduction and attempted deprogramming of a young Kirkland man. The justices, without comment, rejected an appeal that challenged the award as illegal and unconstitutional. Lawyers for the now-defunct, Chicago-based network said that holding the nonprofit group legally accountable for the act of one unpaid volunteer was "unprecedented and unsupportable." The appeal said the award threatens other advocacy groups "across ...
Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Clarifying contentious issues / A rejoinder to Melton, Shupe, and Lewis / Stephen A. Kent and Theresa Krebs — Skeptic magazine
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Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Kent and Krebs' skepticism crosses the line / Anson Shupe responds — Skeptic magazine
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Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! / J. Gordon Melton responds — Skeptic magazine
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Dec 14, 1998
Investigative Reports: Inside Scientology [Part 8 of 10] — Arts and Entertainment Channel
Type: TV
Source: Arts and Entertainment Channel
Clearwater picket 1997–Xenu picketing with sign saying “L. Ron Hubbard: Psychotic CON MAN”, other picketers with signs saying “” “Xenu Crossing (inside a yellow sign on picket sign)”; Deana Holmes with sign saying “Did Standard Tech kill Lisa?”; lecture at Scientology church VO: While church administration is busy dealing with a steady stream of conflict, individual Scientologists are out among the people, spreading Hubbard’s word at every opportunity. MIKE RINDER: Well, you know, the aims of Scientology are a civilization without ...
Sep 1, 1998
When Scholars Know Sin — Skeptic magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen A. Kent, Theresa Krebs
Source: Skeptic magazine
Aug 28, 1998
Court oks anti-cult jury award — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Bob Egelko
Source: Seattle Times
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has reaffirmed $1.09 million in damages against an anti-cult organization for its role in trying to "deprogram" a Washington state teenager, despite a warning from seven judges that free speech was under attack. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied reconsideration Wednesday of a panel's 2-1 decision in April upholding damages against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). Without announcing the exact vote, the court said a request for a rehearing had failed to ...
Dec 28, 1997
60 Minutes: The Cult Awareness Network — CBS News
Type: TV
Source: CBS News
Transcript: Descriptions of video in italics. VO=Voiceover of Lesley Stahl. LESLEY STAHL (in studio): There was a time if you were worried about your son or daughter being in a cult, you could get help from a small, non-profit organization called the Cult Awareness Network, or CAN, for 20 years the nation’s best-known resource for information and advice about groups it considered dangerous. Among them was Scientology, a church not known for turning the other cheek. But church officials say Scientology ...
Jun 1, 1997
Did Scientology strike back? — The American Lawyer
Type: Press
Author(s): Susan Hansen
Source: The American Lawyer
When the end finally came for the old Cult Awareness Network, it happened fast. Cynthia Kisser, CAN's executive director, struggled to stay calm as she sat in federal bankruptcy court in Chicago late last October waiting for the auction to begin. Kisser, who had spent the past nine years leading CAN's efforts to inform the public about dangerous cults, had hoped that she wouldn't have to pay much for her group's assets that day. Nor did she want much, she claims ...
Dec 23, 1996
Bankrupt anti-cult group gets reprieve — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Dec 19, 1996
What's $2.995 Million Between Former Enemies? — Phoenix New Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Phoenix New Times
In 1995, a jury awarded Jason Scott $5 million, ruling that his civil rights had been violated during an involuntary "deprogramming" by Rick Ross, a Phoenix resident and well-known cult expert. That judgment eventually forced Ross into bankruptcy court, put an anticult group out of business and made national news. Last week, however, the case made a sudden and surprising about-face. Scott and Ross reached a settlement that requires the deprogrammer to pay Scott not $3 million–his share of the judgment–but ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 29, 1996
Cult fighters' future in doubt — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Type: Press
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Lawsuits: Group with controversial ties to deprogrammers files for bankruptcy and may be forced to shut down in wake of $1-million judgment. Plagued by numerous lawsuits from religious groups and fighting a $1.1-million judgment against it, the Cult Awareness Network has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. "How we will operate or if we will continue to operate in the short term, I don't know," said Cynthia Kisser, executive director of the 12-year-old organization, known for ...
Nov 30, 1995
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlatans — Phoenix New Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Phoenix New Times
Clients of deprogrammer Rick Ross call him a savior. Perhaps that's why people he's branded cult leaders want to crucify him. Rick Ross is describing how Arizona's cults use mind control to exploit their members. He warns about 70 people gathered at Arizona State University's Memorial Union that they are prime targets for groups that tend to prey on university students. The Moonies have a house on North Central. Scientology has a church in Mesa. There's Scottsdale's CBJ, whose members believe ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Sep 30, 1995
Man wins $5 million in deprogramming suit // Mother had tried to wrest son away from Bellevue church — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Jennifer Bjorhus
Source: Seattle Times
A 23-year-old Seattle-area man was awarded nearly $5 million yesterday for civil-rights violations that occurred when religious "deprogrammers" took him from his home and tried to persuade him to leave the United Pentecostal Church. Federal-court jurors delivered their verdict yesterday after deliberating eight hours, ending a trial that began when Jason Scott sued deprogrammer Rick Ross, Ross' associates and Cult Awareness Network (CAN), a Chicago-based group that monitors cults. Scott's mother, Kathy Tonkin, contacted CAN in 1991 when she became worried ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Sep 21, 1995
'Deprogrammer' Taken To Court -- Bellevue Man Claims Kidnap, Coercion — Seattle Times
Apr 22, 1994
Cult probe backlash [incomplete] — The Times (UK)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Alison Utley
Source: The Times (UK)
Security was stepped up at Hull University this week when psychologists met to discuss the growth of cults and their mind-control techniques. Conference organiser Barry Hart admits he was not expecting the outburst he received from groups such as the Scientologists. "They said our conference was prejudiced," Dr Hart said. "I am prejudiced against destructive and damaging cults, but I certainly didn't expect this backlash." Liberal peer Lord McNair wrote to Hull University's vice chancellor claiming that the conference was an ...
Apr 3, 1994
Inside the cults of mind control - — Sunday Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Gary Tippet
Source: Sunday Age (Australia)
Louise Samways has spent the past decade investigating the many mind-control techniques of Australia's cults, gurus and personal development courses. She is also familiar with their tactics to keep critics quiet. The brick that slammed through the psychologist's car windscreen recently was a reminder that there are other, older methods of persuasion. She was frightened: "I'd like to hope it was just schoolkids playing stupid games, but when these things come one on top of the other, I don't think I'm ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Jan 23, 1994
Cults danger to families — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Jan 21, 1994
Eastside Journal -- Glad it's over — Seattle Times
Jan 13, 1994
'Cult Deprogrammer' on trial — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Source: Seattle Times
MONTESANO, Grays Harbor County — A self-styled "cult deprogrammer" imprisoned a suburban Seattle teen for five days "to attack his religious beliefs," a prosecutor said as the Arizona man's trial got under way. Rick Ross, 41, of Phoenix is charged with unlawful imprisonment in the January 1991 abduction of Jason Scott, now 21, from the Kirkland home of his mother, Kathy Tonkin. Tonkin has said she hired Ross to deprogram her son. Scott, held at an Ocean Shores beach house, escaped ...
Dec 1, 1993
Jury set to debate 'Sally' suit // Raphael's show 'needed an image,' plaintiff's attorney says — Ann Arbor News
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Type: Press
Author(s): Chong W. Pyen
Source: Ann Arbor News
Jury deliberations were to begin this morning in a lawsuit brought by an Ann Arbor Scientologist against television talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael over the airing of a secretly taped family conversation. After four weeks of testimony by dozens of witnesses, including Raphael and the plaintiff, Dorothy Jean Dickerson, attorneys Tuesday made closing arguments in a case that puts an individual's right to privacy against the public's right to know. Washtenaw Circuit Judge Melinda Morris was to give jury instructions ...
Sep 1, 1993
US deprogrammer on kidnap charge, while "cult busters" organise here — New Dawn (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: New Dawn (Australia)
Rick Ross, self-confessed "cult deprogrammer" and ATF advisor in the Waco holocaust has been charged, in the United States, with the 1991 abduction of a Christian teenage boy. Ross and his accomplices, Mark Workman and Charles Simpson, were charged in July with unlawful imprisonment in the abduction of Jason Scott. If convicted they face a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. The charges against the three were the most recent in a string of legal actions brought against deprogrammers by ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Aug 17, 1993
Deprogrammers plead not guilty to holding a Bellevue teenager 5 days, against his will — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Source: Seattle Times
MONTESANO, Grays Harbor County — Three Arizona men have pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful imprisonment filed in a 1991 attempt to "deprogram" a teenager whose mother was concerned about his affiliation with a Bellevue church. The pleas were entered yesterday in Grays Harbor Superior Court by Rick Ross, 40, and Charles Simpson, 46, both of Phoenix, and Mark Workman, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz. All were told to appear at a pretrial hearing Sept. 27. Unlawful imprisonment, a felony, carries ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 14, 1993
Church's litany of lawsuits — The National Law Journal
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Type: Press
Author(s): Andrew Blum
Source: The National Law Journal
Scientology's leaders say the best defense is a good offense. DID THE CHURCH of Scientology kill a judge's dog during a trial? Did the judge, who is now dead, think church members did? Did that lead him to be prejudiced, and bias the jury against the church? These and other issues are part of an intense battle by the church's litigation machine to overturn what remains of a $30 million verdict won in 1986 by former church member Larry Wollersheim. Mr. ...
Tag(s): Alexander R. JonesAmerican Psychological Association (APA)Andrew BlumAuditingBowles & MoxonCharles B. O'ReillyChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Church of Scientology of California (CSC)Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Copyright, trademark, patentCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Daniel A. LeipoldDeprogrammingEarle C. CooleyEdward CopelandEli LillyEric M. LiebermanFair gameFloyd AbramsFood and Drug Administration (FDA)Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)Galen KellyGerald A. FefferHeber C. JentzschHill & KnowltonInternal Revenue Service (IRS)J. Walter ThompsonJonathan W. LubellJudge Peter K LeisureJudge Ronald E. SwearingerJudge Stanley SporkinJustice Clarence ThomasKendrick L. MoxonKenneth P. MundyKurt WeilandLaurie BertilsonLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLeta SchlosserMargaret Thaler SingerMark GoldowitzMembershipMichael Lee HertzbergMonique E. YinglingOperation Snow WhitePaine-Webber Group Inc.Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride)Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)Reader's DigestReligious Technology Center (RTC)Richard BeharScientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)Silencing criticism, censorshipStephen A. KentStrategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)The American LawyerThe National Law JournalTIME MagazineTimothy BowlesWhat is Scientology? (book)WPP Group
Mar 27, 1993
Restraining order against 'consultant' — West Australian
Type: Press
Source: West Australian
A Sydney Scientologist has sought a restraining order against one of two American "consultants" who visited WA to counsel a woman out of the ET Earth Mission sect. The order was sought in a Sydney court by Sarah Harrison, 19, who said she feared Patrick Ryan, of Philadelphia would try to "deprogram" her against her will. Mr Ryan, who went to Sydney from Perth, received the summons at his hotel room at 4.30pm on Tuesday last week. He was booked to ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Oct 12, 1992
Scientologists sue anti-cult group // Church alleges discrimination after it is barred from joining — Sacramento Bee (California)
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Type: Press
Source: Sacramento Bee (California)
BOSTON — Scientologists, long a target of deprogrammers, have gone to court to try to turn the tables, claiming that they were illegally barred from joining an anti-cult group. In a flurry of lawsuits filed around the nation, dozens of members of the Church of Scientology said they tried to join the Cult Awareness Network but were rejected because of their church affiliation. Many of the lawsuits were filed last week after a federal grand jury indicted three alleged members of ...
Sep 29, 1992
Scientologists accuse local woman — Glendale News-Press (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Sophie Yarborough
Source: Glendale News-Press (California)
Members of a group led by a supporter of the Church of Scientology have alerted Glendale police to alleged "deprogramming" activities of a Glendale woman. Kevin Hulce, a member of the Church of Scientology, along with two members of the Deprogramming Survivor's Network, accused Priscilla Coates of conspiring with Hulce's parents to turn him away from the religious group formed by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. "Because Priscilla Coates lives in Glendale, Kevin thought the police might like ...
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