Scientology under fire in New Zealand

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Here is transcript from the Hansard (May 09): (written record of NZ Parliament)


15:44:55~KEVIN HAGUE (Green)

KEVIN HAGUE (Green): There is a particular spot on Queen Street in Auckland—or at least there used to be—where a bunch of smiling young people with clipboards accost those who are going past and invite them to participate in a personality test. I watched for a while and the people they approach are invariably those who are alone, who look perhaps a little vulnerable, who perhaps are particularly Māori and Pacific Island people. Strangely enough those who take the personality test invariably find that the solution to the problems with their personality lies somehow in the Church of Scientology .

[Continuation line: More recently, viewers of Māori Television will have seen]

More recently, viewers of Māori Television will have seen advertisements for a drug-free world. School pupils—some 230,000 of them—have received leaflets from Drug-Free Ambassadors. There is a group of family members bereaved by people who have killed themselves who have been befriended by a group called the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the Drug-Free Ambassadors, and the Citizens Commission for Human Rights are all fronts for the Church of Scientology , as is Criminon, as is Narconon, as is RehabilitateNZ, as is the World Literacy Crusade, and many others. I am not a person with a religious belief myself, but I do not object to churches providing social services, provided that the church connection is transparent and that the service is not a front for recruiting into the church. It seems to me that the Church of Scientology fails on both those fronts.

 As many people will know, scientology was invented by the science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. There is a lot of dispute about some of the basic facts, but at its heart is the quote from Mr Hubbard at an authors conference in 1948: “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars the best way would be to start his own religion.” Mr Hubbard’s religion has an evil intergalactic overlord named Xenu, who solved an overpopulation crisis by rounding up aliens, transporting them to Earth , and killing them in extinct volcanoes with hydrogen bombs. Now the souls of those aliens then came to haunt human beings. They are called “thetans”, and the way that the distorted thinking that results from being haunted in this way can be resolved is actually by an expensive process involving audit by a senior Scientologist.

In fact, the Church of Scientology came 4 years after the science of “Dianetics”, also invented by Mr Hubbard—a science of mental health that he described to his publisher as one with tremendous promotional and sales potential. So why is it a problem? It is a problem because in addition to the repugnance of deceiving, exploiting and often brainwashing and fleecing the vulnerable and desperate, the Church of Scientology also has a very strong opposition to the use of medicines and psychiatry. Its drug-free programmes are smokescreens for this anti-psychiatry agenda.

 Members of Parliament will have received this DVD from, in fact, the Church of Scientology in the guise of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. It is called Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child. It is evil to try to persuade people with mental illness to avoid proper health professional services and the treatment that they need. What is especially concerning is that these programmes are now increasingly being funded by taxpayers’ money through the Community Organisations Grants Scheme and other community grants schemes. A number of these front organisations are registered with the Charities Commission, and there is increasing evidence that they are being funded. I say to the Minister of Internal Affairs, please follow through with the investigation promised by the department back in February. The New Zealand public is owed that.

The snippet right after that speech is also encouraging...


15:49:57~SCOTT SIMPSON (National—Coromandel)

SCOTT SIMPSON (National—Coromandel): One of the
most interesting things for me as a new member in this
House is the constant, daily discovery of new information.

What I have learnt this afternoon about the Church of
Scientology has added to the sum total of my general
knowledge immensely, so I would like to thank the
Green member Mr Hague for his very interesting
presentation on the Church of Scientology.

The odd email of support with personal stories wouldn't go astray...
Contact details:

                           Greens challenge ethics of Church of Scientology

                         New Zealand Way to Happiness group deregistered as a charity…

    Oh what a wonderful week it has been!

    On 9th May, Mr Kevin Hague, Member of Parliament spoke out against scientology in NZ Parliament.
    Please see for further details:

    The day after this historical event (Hague said “xenu” in the House!) on 10 May 2012…

    The Way to Happiness Taranaki was DEREGISTERED as a charity in New Zealand.

    Reason: failure to file annual returns.

    Talk about hopeless!

    The players in the WTH Taranaki were:

    Moana Colosimo (former boss of advanced org in Sydney)
    Michele Burnside (have no idea who she is – anyone?)
    Rose Denness (long-term scientologist and former SO member)

    For your full viewing pleasure proceed calmly to this link:

Posted by SallyDance

                             When is a religious ad not a religious ad?

Following a complaint, Maori TV agreed in late May to make it clear that ads broadcast for drugfreeworld were funded by the Church of Scientology.Q. When is a religious ad not a religious ad?

A. When it’s screened on Maori TV.

Maori TV has reneged on a commitment to be more transparent when broadcasting advertisements funded by the Church of Scientology.

Following a complaint, Maori TV agreed in late May to make it clear that ads broadcast for drugfreeworld were funded by the Church of Scientology.

However the drugfreeworld ads continue to play without any indication of their religious basis.

A formal complaint has now been laid with the ASA, who consider breeches of the advertising standards.

‘The fact that the ads screen on the reality prison show ‘Songs from the Inside’ suggest a targeted at vulnerable members of the community,’ says Gareth Seymour, who made the complaint. ”It’s a free society, but there are guidelines that suggest consumers be presented with ‘truth’ in advertising.’ Drugfreeworld, and Maori TV, have crossed that line’

‘We hope that the ASA will give clear direction about religious advertising needing to be transparent.

MTV should be required to add a rider, stating that ‘drugfree’ ads are brought to viewers by the Church of Scientology.’

NB: the drugfree campaign discourages the use of prescription medicines when dealing with addictions.


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         Katie Holmes Ditches Publicist, Security Team Days After Filing For Divorce From Tom Cruise

                 Published in THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD                July 2, 2012

Katie Holmes is concerned she is being watched by private investigators hired by Scientologists.

The former Dawson's Creek actress filed for divorce from husband Tom Cruise - a famous devotee to the sci-fi faith - late last week, but is now worried her actions are being monitored due to a car parked outside of her apartment building in New York with a number of "suspicious-looking" men inside.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "About three days before the divorce was announced a Mercedes SUV was sitting outside Tom's apartment in Greenwich Village.

"They were sat about a hundred yards from the house - a couple of suspicious-looking characters in sunglasses.

"When Katie came out they tried to discreetly follow her. It was obvious they weren't paparazzi or press.

"They looked like former military or police and were carrying a small pocket digital camera."

Katie - who is reported to be asking for sole legal and residential custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri - was so anxious she had her own security people take photographs of the men and forward them to the police.

The source added: "Katie's security came out and started recording the men. Then police were called and went back to the car to ask them what they were doing."

The 33-year-old actress is believed to have become tired of Tom's devotion to the quasi-religion - also followed by John Travolta - causing her to ask for the divorce as she wants what is best for her daughter.

The insider said: "Katie just wants the best for Suri. This is awful for her but she is being very brave. It's a terrifying situation for Katie."

- AP


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