This weekend, from the 27th to 29th of June, Cork’s City Hall plays host to a ‘Mental Health Awareness Weekend’. While ostensibly organised by the “Citizen’s Commission for Human Rights Ireland”, this is in reality a front group set up by the Church of Scientology to campaign against psychology and psychiatry, with their event this weekend going so far as to feature lectures from a ‘Dianetics counsellor’. Continue reading ‘Church’ of Scientology front group to exhibit in Cork
Is Scientology a dangerous cult?
The Irish Times
‘THE PHELAN Family [from Clonmel] has not seen or heard from their brother Tony since January 2002. Prior to that we had only seen him on a couple of occasions since 1994 when we made our first public protest against Scientology. Tony’s involvement in Scientology has led him to disconnect from us. He has a family who loves him and wants him to reconnect. Scientology has broken up our family.” – flier handed out by members of the Phelan family at a protest in Dublin on April 12th, 2008. Continue reading Anonymous writes for the Irish Times
From the conference brief:
All of us are being influenced, either consciously or unconsciously and we often popularly say about someone whose behaviour we do not understand that they have been ‘brainwashed’. However, in law it is a concept that is not really recognised. Certainly we find it hard to understand the 9/11, 7/7, 21/7 homicide bombers and the doctor bombers who tried bomb nightclubs in London and Glasgow Airport last June. Our speakers will try to grapple with the issues of influence and when this becomes undue influence. John Butler has 30 years of clinical experience working in the field, Steve Kent is not an academic in an ivory tower, but has looked at the darker aspects of human behaviour found in such groups as the Children of God/ The Family and Scientology. John Duignan escaped the prison of undue influence and will chart his journey to freedom.
Full details and mp3 downloads of the lectures (including one by John Duignan) available from the DI wordpress site here.