There’s been a lot of Scientology-related news that has been clogging up the “Religious Cults, Crazy” folder on my desk, so it’s time to clear it out.
First of all, everyone is talking about the murders in Australia. To catch you up, a 25-year old woman was diagnosed with psychiatric problems late last year. She saw a therapist who put her on anti-psychotics, which by all reports worked for her up until this past January when she felt well enough to go off the drugs. This is a common problem with psychiatric illness, and it pretty much requires that the person in question have a support group of family, friends, and doctors who make sure she stay medicated. Unfortunately, this woman’s parents were Scientologists, who vigorously oppose psychiatry of any sort. They refused follow-up from the hospital’s mental health team after her initial diagnosis.
After dropping the drugs, the woman’s paranoia returned. Her parents attempted to treat it with non-psychiatric drugs from America — I’ve not been able to determine what those actually were, but for all we know (and for all her parents’ medical knowledge) it could be anything from Advil to Vagisil. According to the woman, when these drugs failed to alleviate her symptoms, her parents allowed her to restart the anti-psych drugs just to help her sleep. This info comes from the report made after the woman was taken into custody. I haven’t seen any verification of any drugs in her system, so I’m unsure whether or not she was actually taking the drugs properly. In any event, it was too little, too late, as a few weeks later she killed her father and sister with a knife and severely wounded her mother in a frighteningly violent bloodbath.
The fault lies pretty squarely on the shoulders of L. Ron Hubbard, may he rest in eternal hellfire if such a thing exists. Had the parents not been so steeped in superstition, there’s a very real chance that this woman could have received the care she needed to stay on the medication and not, you know, butcher anyone. The Scientologists of course claim they have nothing to do with this situation. They’ve hit the airwaves to twist the facts in the case to suit their stupid beliefs and claim that it was psychiatry and psychiatric medicine that actually caused all this. Sure.
Coincidentally, a reader recently sent me a package produced by the Scientologists called “Psychiatry: Industry of Death” (or something, I don’t have it in front of me at the moment). It included a glossy magazine and a DVD, all of which was very professionally done and chock full of misinformation and misused statistics. It’s frightening how well-produced they were, and a little more frightening that this bunk is being handed out for free to passersby on the streets in LA.
And one last Scientology news item: Celebritybuttplugs.com has created L. Ron Butt Plugs: NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Fitting in that his head so neatly fits up an ass, but not so fitting that he could bring anyone real pleasure.
Image above found at Scientomogy.