Lies Debunked: Prozac®

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Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

From: Public Relations (publicrelations@scientology.org)
Subject: Prozac®
Date: 1998/09/15

WHY ARE SCIENTOLOGISTS OPPOSED TO PROZAC?®

Scientologists are not "opposed" to Prozac®, or any particular drug for that matter. This deceptive allegation stems from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly's attempt to misportray the effects of this drug and other harmful drugs as part of "Scientology's anti-psychiatric drug stance." To say we have an "anti" stance is to miss the point. When a person is hit by a car and breaks his leg, he is not "anti-car" because he gets upset. Similarly, when we find a drug that can cause deaths, that does not make us "anti-drug." Rather, it makes us concerned and we expose it.

Scientologists, through the efforts of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, became aware of numerous instances of reported suicide's, murders and other extreme acts of violence linked to Prozac®. Naturally, Scientologists feel that the public should be made aware of the potential harmful effects of the drug.

CCHR found that more than 14,000 adverse reaction reports regarding the drug had been filed with the Food and Drug Administration in the wake of Prozac's® release. As a result of taking Prozac,® some had become violent to the point of murder, killing friends and even members of their own families in outbursts of Prozac®

For further information:
http://www.cchr.org

Public Relations
Church of Scientology
International


And now for the truth

Here you get a little conspiracy nut ranting mixed with Scientology's extremely violent hatred of medical science. We also see the Scientology criminal enterprise invoke the name of one of their many fake front groups: the ironically titled "Citizens Commission on Human Rights."

Why is the Scientology organization so opposed to both mental health and the pharmaceutical companies which provide relief -- how ever costly it may be -- for treatable emotional and mental difficulties? Scientology's nut conspiracy mongers like the one quoted above won't give you the real answer because the real answers are highly embarrassing to their cult.

You see, Scientology's mad messiah L. Ron Hubbard was a rampant drug abuser with some rather serious mental problems. Hubard begged the Veteran's Administration for treatment knowing he was mentally unstable and yet the Veteran's office declined to help him. This is unfortunate since Hubbard's spiraling insanity resulted in his creating of the massively criminal Scientology organization where, horribly, followers are taught to emulate Hubbard's profound insanity to the point where followers are made to communicate with invisible murdered space alien fragments Hubbard -- in his insanity -- called &Body Thetans."

So knowing these things, one can easily see why Hubbard and the criminal organization he created are so violently opposed to mental health and pharmaceutical relief:

But the final blows to Hubbard's remaining hold to sanity:

The bitter resentment at being denied mental help coupled to the fact that the professional, scientific world ignored Hubbard's insane notions made Hubbard hate the psychiatric industry. When pharmaceutical treatments for emotional and mental problems became widely available and were shown to be relatively safe and effective, Hubbard's resentment only grew. With "Dianetics" making all kinds of groundless and unworkable quack medical claims on one hand and the pharmaceutical industry making such massive strides in medical science on the other hand, Hubbard's hatred of the entire industry became violently pathological.

Followers of the Scientology organization aren't allowed to know about their mad messiah's history of mental instability, nor their mad messiah's unfortunate drug problems and bitter resentment at being ignored. Indeed, Hubbard's remaining followers aren't allowed to know their mad messiah's equally embarrassing war record since the truth about L. Ron Hubbard depicts a god of clay so improbably insane that even the smell of rose perfume drove Hubbard to delusional hallucinatory fits of apoplexy.

Not being allowed to know why their leaders make them hate the mental health industry, Scientology's remaining followers are left trying to contrive elaborate conspiracy theories and rampant abuses within the mental health industry to try to find some reason to be so opposed to mental health without the embarrassment of knowing the truth about their mad messiah L. Ron Hubbard.

Horribly, Scientology's leaders seem to honestly believe that the psychiatric industry is working hand in hand with what Hubbard called "the Marcabs" -- aliens from outer space that are working to keep humanity enslaved. Followers aren't informed about the Marcabs, the Galactic Ruler Xenu, or the invisible murdered space aliens called "Body Thetans" until after they're sold the documents called "OT3" or "Operating Thetan Level 3." Then fllowers start to find out why they're supposed to hate the mental health industry, adding the science fiction element to their conspiracy theories.

On a somewhat related topic, amusingly, the Lisa McPherson Trust reports that the Scientology organization was telling some of its remaining followers that two of the Trust's members -- Mdm. Stacy Brooks and Mr. Robert Minton -- were "off worlders." Such notions leak out of the Scientology organization routinely and it shows how some people inside of Scientology wind up almost as insane as Hubbard was.

In January of 2001, Human Rights activist Keith Henson offered a discussion he had participated in wherein the following comment was offered:

Its hard to understand how presumably rational people could follow this, > sort of Stuff.

Another individual offered what looks to be a good summation of the phenomena and it fits prefectly with the psychological profile of L. Ron Hubbard I just provided.

That's the mystery, alright. I've met several Scientologists, and they're usually smart, caring, capable people. How do they get sucked in?

After Keith Henson piqued my curiosity the other day, I began digging for some of the juicier details on the profound weirdness that is Scientology. The best thing I've found so far is an unauthorized biography of L. Ron Hubbard, available here:

http://www.primenet.com/~lippard/bfm/outline.htm

I've managed to read through Chapter 11 so far, and it's truly astonishing. I don't recall ever seeing such an over-the-top case of clinical narcissism. He also seemed to suffer from manic-depression with paranoid tendencies.

Hubbard had the mind of a six-year old boy. He was the center of the universe, could do no wrong. He lied compulsively, didn't seem to grasp the distinction between truth and falsehood. Completely lacked empathy. Manipulated people without any concern for their well-being. Desperately wanted to be revered as a great man. In short, a classic profile of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

He believed he was the savior of the world. This delusion is commonplace among severe cases of pathological narcissism. But why would anyone follow him in this belief? How did he transmit his insanity to a large group of people, most of whom were otherwise normal and rational?

Years before the introduction of memetics, Hubbard became a master in the art of formulating highly infectious memes. He claimed that "Dianetics," little more than a recycling of Freudian theory with a bunch of gratuitous neologisms thrown in, was mankind's greatest breakthrough since the harnessing of fire! Rather than appealing to our logic, this pathological meme exploited our unconscious need for authority, in this case the authority of the all-seeing psychologist.

This may sound strange today, but fifty years ago, psychology seemed almost magical in its ability to pierce the secrets of the soul. "Scientology," with its religious overtones, proved even more effective at exploiting our craving for authority. Scientology promised a sense of security, as well as relief from suffering and the sense of community that comes from joining a close-knit group.

Most importantly, it provided a sense of meaning. When you join up with Ron, you can share in the belief that you're saving the world. In short, he conjured a virulent meme that began reproducing his delusion of grandeur in the minds of his followers. His private narcissism became the collective narcissism of the group.

Like any cult, Scientology represents the atavistic return of the tribe. Instead of identifying primarily with yourself, you come to identify with the group and particularly with its leader. Ron himself may be dead, but his delusion lives on, copying itself with the recruitment of each new member of the cult.

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