Scientology is taking its fight against psychiatry to the streets - namely Sunset Boulevard. The church will open a "Psychiatry: Industry of Death" museum next month in L.A., complete with vintage instruments of torture, images of electroshock therapy and "rare archival footage of psychiatry's brutal treatments."
Sen. Victor Crist has introduced one of the worst bills of the session. It would keep students from getting psychiatric treatment even when they need it. The bill is backed by an arm of the Church of Scientology called the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, and Scientologists have never been shy about their opposition to psychiatry or any mental health services.
CCHR is supporting two bills being considered by the Florida House that seek to further roll back the clock on the recognition and treatment of mental illnesses. In House Bills 209 and 909, unnecessary and unproductive requirements are placed on schools and the departments of Children & Families and Juvenile Justice that will make the identification and referral of children with mental illnesses more difficult.
The State of Illinois ordered a group that is an offshoot of the Church of Scientology to remove a display condemning psychiatry from a state office building. The group erected the display with state permission, but was asked to dismantle it after people complained that it spread misinformation and violated the separation between church and state, officials said.