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April 16, 2005 This Bill Isn't Mentally Healthy 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, obstructing psychiatry, Press, Scientology and Society
April 14, 2005 Scientology Group Behind Attack On Mental Health Medicine 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. CCHR, Press, psychiatry, Scientology and Society
March 24, 2005 Tom Cruise Makes Opportunities To Tout Scientology Lately, doing business with Tom Cruise, one of Hollywood's most bankable actors, means a bow in the direction of his religion, the Church of Scientology. Increasingly public about his long association with Scientology, Cruise invited film executives on a four-hour tour of three different Scientology facilities in Los Angeles. Celebrities, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Press, Tom Cruise
March 18, 2005 What makes Beck tick? Beck is a Scientologist and he believes he owes a lot of his success to following the cult's way of life. Beck, Press
January 30, 2005 Buffalo News: Englightenment's Dark Side Because Jeremy Perkins and his mother shared the church's adamant opposition to psychiatry, he didn't take drugs that medical professionals say could have staved off his illness - and saved his mother's life. Buffalo, NY, Press, Scientology and Society
December 23, 2004 Dear David and Victoria, Happy Cultmas, With Love, Tom Cruise Tom Cruise has sent a Christmas card to David and Victoria Beckham which promotes a controversial religious cult. The Hollywood star is a follower of the Church of Scientology - and the card to the England captain and his wife included its "Code of Honour". He also told the couple he had made a donation to the church - founded by the late science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard - on their behalf. Press, Tom Cruise
December 23, 2004 Row Rages Over 'Church' Founded in 1954 by US writer L Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology was once branded "corrupt, sinister and dangerous" by a High Court judge. It is based on the premise that humans descended from alien spirits, Thetans, who came to Earth 75 million years ago. The Thetans' enemies are "engrams", malign forces from other galaxies. Therapeutic cleansing, known as "dianetics", can drive them out, resolve all problems and lead to eternal life. Press
December 9, 2004 Scientology's Volunteers Get Frosty Reception At Fire Scene As fire raged inside the LaSalle Bank building, a band of serious-looking young adults in yellow jackets hustled past the police tape toward the action. Their coats bore the words "Volunteer Minister." "I threw 'em out," said one chaplain. "If they want to minister to the people on the sidelines, that's great ... but they were standing in the triage and treatment area and they were making total chaos in there." A Chicago Fire Department spokesman was unaware of the situation but said he'd look into it. Chicago, Press
November 9, 2004 Couple Sues IRS Over Tuition Rule A lawyer for an Orthodox Jewish couple from Los Angeles claimed Monday that the Internal Revenue Service has violated the 1st Amendment by refusing to allow tax deductions for their children's religious schooling. The IRS should allow the deductions because it permits members of the Church of Scientology to write off the cost of spiritual counseling sessions, attorney Jeffrey Zuckerman said. IRS, Los Angeles, Press
October 30, 2004 Cruise As Nobel Co-Host Upsets Swedish Clergy Religious leaders in Scandinavia are outraged by the decision to choose Scientologist star Tom Cruise to co-host the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway. Many are concerned Cruise will use the event to promote the controversial religion and have called on the Nobel Institute to withdraw their offer to the "Mission: Impossible" star. Karl-Erik Nylund, a priest from Stockholm, said, "They're a manipulative sect that takes over people's lives and finances." Press

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May 12, 2006 Polish Scientologists Ordered to Remove Tents When Scientology erected tents in Warsaw's city center to attract new members, city officials ordered them taken down. Press
September 30, 1996 Patrice Vic Trial Begins - Scientology Executive Charged with Manslaughter Trial begins in the death of Patrice Vic. Scientology executive Jean-Jacques Mazier is charged with manslaughter, and 22 other Scientologists also face charges. crimes, deaths, France, Patrice Vic, Press