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brainwashing • cost • cult awareness network (can) (earlier form, citizen's freedom foundation) • cynthia kisser • deprogramming • fair game • ford greene • fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentation • garry scarff • harassment • hare krishna • infiltration • internal revenue service (irs) • lawsuit • legal • margaret thaler singer • membership • moonies • narconon (aka scientology drug rehab) • office of special affairs (osa) (formerly, guardian's office) • operation snow white • people's temple • private investigator(s) • richard ofshe • rick ross
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Jun 5, 1985
Researchers question cult techniques — Daily Emerald (Oregon)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Michael Duncan
Source: Daily Emerald (Oregon)
Some extremist religious sects and a number of related self-help therapies employ communication techniques that may over time "alter or impair fundamental information-processing abilities" and may result in severe physical, emotional and mental disorders, a team of University researchers announced at a press conference Tuesday. Authors and research associates Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman released a study titled "Information Disease," presenting findings of a nationwide study on the effects of covert induction and deprogramming. These results are the culmination of four ...
May 28, 1985
Unorthodox Scientologists don't get fair treatment — Journal-American
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Type: Press
Author(s): Ron Arnold
Source: Journal-American
I'm out a Scientologist, but I find the recent $39 million jury verdict in Portland against the Church el Scientology deeply disturbing. Last year Rev. Sun Myung Moon was jailed for doing what Catholic archbishops do all the time — holding church property in his own name — and now Scientology loses a court case for practicing its pastoral counseling technique. These attacks on controversial religions must stop. Plaintiff Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, 27, was awarded the $39 million judgment on claims ...
Sep 27, 1984
Scientology church in California denied tax exemption as religious organization — Wall Street Journal
Jul 24, 1984
Scientology: A judge's verdict // 'corrupt, immoral, sinister' — Daily Mail (UK)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Stewart Payne
Source: Daily Mail (UK)
A HIGH Court judge yesterday delivered a damning indictment of the Church of Scientology. Mr Justice Latey described the Californian-based sect as 'corrupt, immoral, sinister and dangerous'. And of its methods, he declared: 'For those of us old enough to remember, it is grimly reminiscent of the ranting and bullying of Hitler and his henchmen.' He was giving judgment in the High Court Family Division at the end of a six-month 'tug of love' battle over two children whose father is ...
Oct 29, 1983
Sects welcome court decision on Scientology — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
May 20, 1983
Religious fraud bill killed in state Senate — Las Vegas Sun
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jim Coleman
Source: Las Vegas Sun
CARSON CITY — The Senate killed the last remnant of a bill aimed at curbing fraud by cults Thursday, but Sen. Bill Hernstadt took some parting shots at two of the so-called new religions, comparing Rev. Sun Yung Moon to Al Capone and criticizing the Church of Scientology. Hernstadt introduced and strongly backed the "cult bills," in respone to his daughter's bad experience last year with the Church of Scientology. Hernstadt, D-Las Vegas, introduced SB108, the bill to give dissident cult ...
May 3, 1983
Legality of new religion fraud bill challenged — UPI
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Type: Press
Source: UPI
A new bill, designed to control fraud by religious organizations, was criticized Monday by an attorney for the Church of Scientology who said it still may be unconstitutional. Lee Boothby, the lawyer for the church, told the Senate Judiciary Committee some sections of SB343 may conflict with doctrines of the Catholic and Mormon churches, putting it in possible conflict with the First Amendment. SB343 is a replacement for an earlier bill which singled out religious cults which could be sued for ...
May 2, 1983
More Nevada debate on cult bill — Associated Press
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Type: Press
Author(s): Brendan Riley
Source: Associated Press
Carson City, Nev. (AP) — More pleas for controls on cults were aired Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed a plan to allow for civil lawsuits against cults or any other groups which bilk people. No immediate action was taken on SB343, being pushed by Sen. Bill Hernstadt who had to "deprogram" a daughter who had joined the Church of Scientology. Scientology representatives were criticized by Sen. Thomas "Spike" Wilson, committee chairman, for failing to deliver promised documents outlining their ...
Jul 14, 1982
Inside Scientology: Secret agents for a church — News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Dennis Wheeler
Source: News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
"Theseus and his comrade Pirithous in their descent to Hades . . . sat down to rest for a while, only to find that they had grown to the rocks and could not rise." — Carl Jung, Modern Man In Search Of A Soul Ford and Andrea Schwartz are a typical American couple, perhaps. They're 33 and 28 years old, respectively, and they live in a middle-class apartment in Concord. A Volkswagen van rests in the carport. Their three-year-old son likes ...
Jun 16, 1982
Inside Scientology: Cult or religion? — News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Dennis Wheeler
Source: News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
"To try to stop people from listening, the Chaos Merchant has to use words like 'cult,' " says L. Ron Hubbard (founder of the Church of Scientology) of his enemies. "That's a closed group, whereas Scientology is the most open group on Earth to anyone." Cult or religion? Scientology has been called both. A note prefacing most of Hubbard's books defines Scientology as "a religious philosophy containing pastoral counseling procedures intended to assist an individual to gain greater self-confidence and personal ...
Jun 9, 1982
Inside Scientology: The story of Scientology might make a great movie — News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
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Type: Press
Source: News-Herald (Santa Rosa, California)
The film would star a former science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard who founded a religion — or what his critics call a "cult." Also included in the cast would be Charles Manson, John Travolta, numerous former cultists turned "deprogrammers," and billions of Thetans, or immortal beings trapped in "meat bodies" on the planet earth — and don't forget Hubbard's renegade son, who works in a Nevada casino and suspects his father is either dead or hopelessly insane. Scenery in ...
May 3, 1982
Poor image plagued church from start — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): John Harwood
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
CLEARWATER — Unlike some of his colleagues in the Clearwater business community, developer Alan Bomstein doesn't regard the Church of Scientology as a threat to the city's economic future. But he does agree that L. Ron Hubbard's 32-year-old, self-styled "religion" has an image problem. "The Church of Scientology," Bomstein says, "is the classic, textbook example of bad public relations." On the eve of City Commission hearings into church activities, there is little doubt that Scientology is the least popular institution in ...
Apr 1, 1982
Cul deception examined — The Advisor
Nov 11, 1981
Anti-cult group given approval to hold service — Clearwater Times (Florida)
Apr 1, 1981
F.A.I.R. Report on cult activities — The Advisor
Apr 1, 1981
Moon's sect loses libel suit in London — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): William Borders
Source: New York Times
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 1, 1981
Take cults seriously — The Advisor
Nov 1, 1979
How cults bilk all of us — Reader's Digest
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Type: Press
Author(s): Carson Williams
Source: Reader's Digest
Because they don't have to file annual financial reports with the IRS, unscrupulous sects can — and do — ignore the law with impunity. Let's close this tax loophole HOW CULTS BILK ALL OF US SOME THREE MILLION AMERICANS have joined cult churches in the last decade, a phenomenon attributed to everything from the breakdown of the family to loss of faith in traditional institutions. One thing is certain: these cults could not have experienced their spectacular rise to wealth and ...
Mar 25, 1979
Beware the vicious and aggressive cults — The Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
Feb 1, 1979
Uncovering the cult conspiracy — Mother Jones
Jan 22, 1979
Some in congress seek inquiries on cult activities — New York Times
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Aug 16, 1978
Calgary group to fight influx of mind-warping cultists — Calgary Herald (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Patrick McMahon
Source: Calgary Herald (Canada)
A group of concerned Calgarians ex-Scientologists and parents of youngsters of the various mind-warping, brainwashing cults such as Hare Krishna and the Unification Church (Moonies), have got together and formed an organization. Its main functions will be to combat such cults, to help parents cope with and understand the situation when their children fall prey to them and, where possible, to rescue the victims and help them get their heads back together. They held their first meeting recently, with 17 people ...
Apr 6, 1978
Members of 3 churches parade to protest remarks by Timbrell — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Toronto ON — Members of Hare Krishna, Unification Church and the Church of Scientology paraded outside Queen's Park yesterday to protest against what they call a witchhunt by the Ontario Government. About 80 protesters carried placards saying, Don't Kill My Religion and Investigate Abuses Not Churches. They were objecting to remarks made March 2 in the Legislature by Health Minister Dennis Timbrell, who said his ministry was considering legislation to impose control over such groups. Mr. Timbrell said that one of ...
Apr 22, 1977
Attorney battles ACLU and cults — Philadelphia Daily News
Dec 18, 1976
Some cults may aid blacks — Detroit News
Sep 25, 1976
Churches cry 'foul' as ABC gets 'closeup' — Variety
Sep 2, 1976
New Religions: Holiness or Heresy? — ABC News
Type: TV
Author(s): Jim Kincaid
Source: ABC News
[This is a placeholder, I don't have this material. I believe ABC was sued by the Church of Scientology following this report, as per this news piece.] Examination of why young people are increasingly attracted to new religions; focusing on the Unification Church founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and the Church of Scientology, started by L. Ron Hubbard (60 min.)
Sep 2, 1976
The righteousness hustle — San Francisco Examiner (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Bill Mandel
Source: San Francisco Examiner (California)
The ABC News Closeup "New Religions: Holiness or Heresy?" which will air at 10 tonight on Channel 7 (KGO) represents a frightening erosion of journalistic standards and values. The title of the program promises a look on a spiritual level at the ideas, such as they may be, underlying some of America's new religious-philosophical wrinkles. Instead, the program labors for an hour in very secular ways to prove what a thinking person might agree to before an argument — that deeply ...
Aug 29, 1976
Viewers' choice: // Closeup on cultism — Detroit News
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Type: Press
Source: Detroit News
Though religious cults have existed elsewhere for thousands of years, their ranks have only begun to swell in America in the past few decades. They flourished particularly in the sixties, when celebrity involvement — by the Beatles, among others — helped make cult abbreviations like "TM" (for Transcendental Meditation) commonplace. Unofficial estimates place the number of cults in the United States today at 5,000, with an individual total of two million members. But as that number grew, so did the controversy ...
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