Scottish child abuse inquiry, Leah Remini on Scientology’s Abuse, Understanding the lure and persuasiveness of cults
May 31, 2017 Comments Off on Scottish child abuse inquiry, Leah Remini on Scientology’s Abuse, Understanding the lure and persuasiveness of cults
– First hearings in child abuse inquiry to get under way
– SCOTS ABUSE PROBE What is the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry?
– Leah Remini on Scientology’s Abuse: ‘It Should Be Everyone’s Fight’
– Understanding the lure and persuasiveness of cults
First hearings in child abuse inquiry to get under way
The first hearings in the Scottish child abuse inquiry are set to get under way in Edinburgh later.
More than 60 institutions, including several top private schools and church bodies, are being investigated.
The inquiry, which is being chaired by Lady Smith, will look in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care.
It is expected to report in late 2019 – more than four years after it was set up.
The inquiry states its purpose as being “to investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children whilst in care in Scotland”, while considering “the extent to which institutions and bodies with legal responsibility for the care of children failed in their duty”, in particular seeking any “systemic failures”….
SCOTS ABUSE PROBE What is the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry? What is its aim and what organisations are being investigated?
The inquiry will raise public awareness of institutionalised abuse and reveal the reality of the suffering of child victims
By Matt Coyle 30th May 2017
….More than 100 locations identified as places children are believed to have been assaulted.
Prestigious private schools including Fettes College and Loretto are among the sites being investigated.
Eight institutions run by Christian religious orders are also named as part of the investigation.
Under historic care arrangements, Scottish children were sent to countries including Canada, Australia and New Zealand and organisations in these countries will also be probed…..
The overall aim and purpose of the Inquiry is to raise public awareness of the abuse of children in care, particularly in the past
It will allow the public to acknowledge the suffering of those children and a forum for validation of their experience and testimony…..
Leah Remini on Scientology’s Abuse: ‘It Should Be Everyone’s Fight’
Jim Halterman May 28, 2017
Nobody is as surprised as actress Leah Remini that her A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, was such a hit during its first season last year. Sure, she’s already written an autobiography (Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology) about her experiences in the organization and appeared on countless talk shows….
Now it’s time for the government agencies whose job it is to protect people from dangerous cults like this to do something about it.
And the IRS not to allow an organization such as this to stand behind the First Amendment and give them free reign to abuse people. That’s not why this amendment is there. It’s there to protect people, to protect real religions and beliefs. This is not that. These are not that. This and other cults like it should not be recognized under this amendment. I obviously need to do more. The headlines should be about the abuses and the people writing these stories should be just as shocked and not use my name. I’ve learned a little bit in that way to be a little bit more selective and demand that people do their job and not put it on me and [former Scientology executive] Mike Rinder as our fight. We’re not anti-Scientologist, we’re anti-bully and we’re anti-abuse….
Understanding the lure and persuasiveness of cults
Cults are groups that hold persuasive power over their members and demand extreme dedication and subservience. How do cults lure people in and what happens on the inside? Why do people join controlling groups and how difficult is it for them to leave?
There are many stories about cults that have been involved with fraud, embezzlement and abuse. One such story is that of Australia’s most notorious cult, The Family.
Leah Remini’s Series Could Be Scientology’s Church Abuse Scandal, How an Accused Child Rapist Allegedly Brainwashed an Entire Family as His Cult, Burke Ramsey Sues CBS and Several Experts for $750 Million Over JonBenét Series
December 29, 2016 Comments Off on Leah Remini’s Series Could Be Scientology’s Church Abuse Scandal, How an Accused Child Rapist Allegedly Brainwashed an Entire Family as His Cult, Burke Ramsey Sues CBS and Several Experts for $750 Million Over JonBenét Series
– Leah Remini’s Series Could Be Scientology’s Church Abuse Scandal
What makes Scientology a cult instead of just an extreme religion?
– How an Accused Child Rapist Allegedly Brainwashed an Entire Family as His Cult
– Burke Ramsey Sues CBS and Several Experts for $750 Million Over JonBenét Series
Leah Remini’s Series Could Be Scientology’s Church Abuse Scandal
What makes Scientology a cult instead of just an extreme religion? The two latest episodes explained the difference better than any of the previous episodes.
By Bethany Mandel December 27, 2016
….The first new episode was an aired edition of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in which actress Leah Remini answered viewers’ questions about the cult. She sat opposite the former International Spokesman of Scientology and one of its most famous defectors, Mike Rinder, and interviewed a series of the most famous foes of Scientology, including the subject of a groundbreaking book, entitled “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.” It’s from perhaps the most famous contemporary Scientology chronicler, a journalist who first exposed the group.
….The video is of a pep rally. In it, Cruise introduces his friend and religious leader, telling the booming audience present for the 2004 award ceremony for the “IAS Freedom Medal of Valor”: “I want to tell you something. I have never met a more competent, a more intelligent, a more tolerant, a more compassionate being. I have met the leaders of leaders. I have met them all. So I say to you COB [Chairman of the Board], we are lucky to have you, thank you.”
Miscavige’s official title in the Church of Scientology is chairman of the board of the Religious Technology Center. But who is he really? Rinder described him another way: “the undisputed dictator of Scientology.”
Miscavige executed a takeover of Scientology’s leadership after the death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. What makes Remini’s series unique from other shows on Scientology, such as the HBO documentary “Going Clear,” is that it is from the perspective of former Scientologists and focuses on their experiences exclusively. It explores what it is like being part of a religion at the upper echelons with Miscavige at the helm.
Remini and Rinder interviewed Jefferson Hawkins, the former chief propagandist for the group, who says he left after Miscavige assaulted and terrified him. During this interview, Remini explains to her fellow defectors the desperation she feels about exposing and taking down Scientology by any means necessary, including flooding its headquarters with airplane-dropped pamphlets and bringing in law enforcement….
How an Accused Child Rapist Allegedly Brainwashed an Entire Family as His Cult
By Harriet Sokmensuer December 28, 2016
To his neighbors, Lee Kaplan was quiet and aloof. His three-bedroom Pennsylvania home was hidden behind overgrown shrubbery and at times almost seemed empty. However, behind closed doors, authorities allege Kaplan was living with 12 young girls who considered him a prophet of God as he repeatedly sexually abused them.
To Kaplan, six of the girls were not only his followers but also his “wives,” Bucks County authorities allege….
In June the girls were rescued by Lower Southampton police, and in November Kaplan pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges including rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
He allegedly not only fathered two children with the eldest girl but also sexually abused five of her younger sisters over the course of years, with the consent of their parents, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said.
“This guy set up a virtual feeding ground of victims,” Weintraub told PEOPLE in a previous interview, calling the situation “cult-like.”….
Authorities say Kaplan went unnoticed for years because the girls’ parents also believed Kaplan was a prophet.
The children were raised Amish, born with no birth certificates and home schooled together, officials say, but the Stoltzfus family left the Amish community after they met Kaplan, a former business partner of Daniel’s….
Burke Ramsey Sues CBS and Several Experts for $750 Million Over JonBenét Series
By Chris Harris December 28, 2016
Burke Ramsey has filed a second defamation lawsuit over a recent CBS docuseries that advanced the theory he killed his younger sister, JonBenét, more than two decades ago, PEOPLE confirms.
After suing forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz in October for $150 million in damages, lawyers for Burke on Wednesday filed another civil suit — this one, naming CBS as well as Critical Content LLC, the production company behind The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, and seven experts and consultants featured in the special, which aired over two nights in mid-September.
PEOPLE obtained a copy of the second suit, which seeks $250 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages.
In addition to listing Spitz as a defendant, the suit filed Wednesday names retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and criminal profiler Jim Clemente; criminal behaviorist Laura Richards; Jim Kolar, a former lead investigator in the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation; forensic linguistics expert James Fitzgerald; statement analyst Stanley Burke; and forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee….
Member of ‘Cult-like’ Church Sentenced, Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah sexual assault claims, Investigating Hope: The complaint, Ex-Scientologists tell disturbing stories about David Miscavige
December 23, 2016 Comments Off on Member of ‘Cult-like’ Church Sentenced, Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah sexual assault claims, Investigating Hope: The complaint, Ex-Scientologists tell disturbing stories about David Miscavige
Member of ‘Cult-like’ Church Sentenced.
Owen Sound | by Kevin Bernard Tuesday, December 20, 2016
No jail time for man convicted of assault in connection with a Chatsworth Area Church.
Two men have now been convicted and sentenced in connection with an investigation into a “cult” like church in Chatsworth.
61 year old Judson King of Oakville plead guilty last Friday (Dec. 16th) to 3 counts of assault and was sentenced to a 12 month conditional sentence (no jail time), 3 years probation, a 10 year weapons ban and he must submit a DNA sample….
King, and his younger brother Fred were arrested in April of 2014 following a 16 month OPP probe into allegations of physical and sexual assault by 7 victims, involving a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ restored.
57 year old Fred King who was known as the “Prophet”, plead guilty earlier this year to 9 counts of assault and was sentenced in September to 18 months in jail, and 2 years probation….
The OPP investigation started, after an Owen Sound woman went public with her allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of “cult” leaders.
Carol Christie wrote her story in a book, “Property: The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife”, which was released in mid-2013.
The former church member alleged abuse and polygamy at a compound on Concession 2 south of Owen Sound, near Chatsworth.
She told Bayshore Broadcasting news how she spent nearly 40 years in what essentially was a CULT and she suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the Prophet.
Lawsuit filed in Ooltewah sexual assault claims Hamilton County Schools covered up abuse
December 17th, 2016 by Kendi A. Rainwater
A second federal lawsuit filed in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case claims Hamilton County Schools and some of its employees allowed a culture of bullying and sexual assault to fester at the school, leaving students unprotected.
The lawsuit was filed Friday by the family of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who was sexually assaulted by older players during the team’s trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., nearly a year ago.
Before the trip, the victim referred to as “Roe” in court papers endured months of harassment and beatings by teammates, which was a ritual on the team, according to the lawsuit.
“OHS has lionized sports and athletes to the point of protecting athletes who engage in misconduct,” the lawsuit states.
For years coaches and administrators ignored the abuse or covered it up, enabling the older players to attack four freshmen with pool cues during the Gatlinburg trip, the lawsuit claims.
One boy was injured so severely he had to undergo emergency surgery. That boy filed a federal lawsuit in September against the school board and former Ooltewah High School employees…..
Investigating Hope: The complaint
By Ryan Santistevan | December 1, 2016
Investigating Hope: The Series
This article is one in a series of investigative pieces about a complaint filed with ASU regarding accusations against on-campus ministry Hope Church.
Four categories of conduct violations, six categories of unhealthy practices, eight categories of emotional and psychological abuse, 44 indicators of religious cult activity, 14 contributors and 123 pages — this makes up a complaint submitted to ASU detailing the alleged damage inflicted by on-campus ministry Hope Church.
However, before things went sour, each author on the complaint was united by one thing: The welcoming embrace of a church that sought to offer them a home and a family.
The complaint has also been turned into a blog, called Hope Church ASU Cult Investigation, run by a former member of Hope Church.
Multiple former Hope Church members said the organization makes students uncomfortable, creates unhealthy relational dynamics and provides an emotionally and psychologically damaging environment for its members. Members said the church uses “brainwashing” techniques and provides a distorted interpretation of Biblical doctrine to advance the interests of the church.
In the complaint, the term “cult” was used 34 times.
Dr. Felix Salomon of the Phoenix Institute of Psychotherapy said a cult can be defined in many ways, but he defines it as a closed, totalistic subgroup or subculture that demands complete allegiance and the giving up of individuality and autonomy on the account of its members.
Kolton Nelder is one of the 14 former members who wrote a testimony in the collaborative complaint. He and other members said they faced constant pressure to follow the direction of Hope Church leadership without question. Not going with the flow was frowned upon….
Ex-Scientologists tell disturbing stories about David Miscavige, the ‘pope of Scientology,’ on A&E series December 21, 2016
Actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013 – after 35 years as a devout member – and ever since, she has been on a crusade to expose the controversial organization’s secrets. On “Scientology and the Aftermath,” her new series on A&E, Remini seeks to “delve deep into shocking stories of abuse, heartbreak and harassment experienced by those who have left the church and spoken publicly about their experiences.”
Tuesday night’s episode had a theme: Disturbing stories about the organization’s leader David Miscavige, whom ex-members refer to as “the pope of Scientology,” as well as the “undisputed dictator.”….
Remini also interviewed people about Miscavige’s alleged physical abuse against his staff, including Jeff Hawkins, who was the Scientology “marketing guru” for years. He joined because as a self-proclaimed hippie in the late 1960s, he liked the idea of Scientology’s anti-war stance and spiritual component, particularly the strong belief about the afterlife.
So Hawkins signed a billion year contract and started working closely with Miscavige. Then, he says, Miscavige assaulted him several times. During one incident, he explains, Miscavige once started making fun of him in a room full of people; and when Hawkins asked him not to, Miscavige took that as a sign of disrespect and started hitting him in the face.
Hawkins says that he, as well as everyone in the room at the time, was too afraid to fight back. Initially, he thought the bad times would pass; but when he realized Miscavige would be running Scientology for a very long time, he left the church.
In response, the church disputes many of Hawkins’s statements and says he is an “obsessed anti-Scientologist” who was expelled for “unsavory personal conduct,” and has a long record of malfeasance, and that he fabricated stories about violence from a staff member….
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Leah Remini Vs. The Church Of Scientology, 2 Million Protesters Demand South Korean President Resign Over Major Shaman Cult Scandal, The 2017 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference
December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Leah Remini Vs. The Church Of Scientology, 2 Million Protesters Demand South Korean President Resign Over Major Shaman Cult Scandal, The 2017 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference
– Leah Remini Vs. The Church Of Scientology
– 2 Million Protesters Demand South Korean President Resign Over Major Shaman Cult Scandal
– The 2017 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference
Leah Remini Vs. The Church Of Scientology
A&E’s new reality show follows Remini as she takes on the enormous church she left behind
“When I first started filming this show, I thought I would just be documenting stories of families torn apart by the Church of Scientology’s policies and practices,” intones the once comedy actress and now justice crusader Leah Remini as she stares straight into the camera, the image pushing in on her face. “What I uncovered was much deeper and darker than I ever expected.” Last night, A&E launched a new series called Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from the outspoken actress and longtime Scientologist as she continues to fight against what she sees as the hypocrisy and abuses of her former religion….
The series is mostly comprised of interviews that Remini made with former members of Scientology detailing the horrors that they experienced during their time in the church, from Scientology’s policy of cutting off contact between family members who leave, to fraud, to physical and sexual abuse. A lot of these allegations have been made public before, but the openness about sexual abuse is relatively new information in the narrative around Scientology and its problems, along with what former Sea Organization member Amy Scobee describes in the first episode as the church’s practice of punishing abuse from within a secret internal system. But for the most part, the stories that Remini seeks to tell are like others that have trickled out in recent years, as Scientology has incurred more and more high-profile defections….
Remini retreads the story she told in her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, about her own involvement with Scientology. Her mother fell in love with a man who introduced the family to the religion, and he left her as she was pregnant with their child. Remini became the breadwinner as soon as she could, as she and her mother were taken in by other Scientologist families who promised support so long as they were a part of the religion. For people who have heard the story before, Remini juices the narrative up with the threats and smears currently coming her way from the spokespeople for Scientology. If the church thinks they could scare viewers away by accusing Remini of turning on the church for her own personal gain, Remini is there to read those accusations at the start of the hour, noting that the Church of Scientology lists her collaborators as “deadbeats, admitted liars, perjurers, wife-beaters, and worse.” ….
2 Million Protesters Demand South Korean President Resign Over Major Shaman Cult Scandal
By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor
Around 2 million demonstrators in South Korea called for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye on Saturday over a major scandal involving her 60-year-old confidant, who is the daughter of a Shamanistic cult leader.
The crowd gathered at the Blue House, the presidential residence, in Seoul to demand Park’s resignation over allegations that she allowed Choi Soon-sil, who does not hold an official government post, to mastermind governmental policy and decision making and thereby accumulate millions of dollars in donations to her foundations, according to CNN.
Protests against Park, who was baptized in the Catholic Church when she was a student at the Jesuit-run Sogang University, have been taking place for over five weeks. Park later reportedly identified herself as having no religion.
Choi, the daughter of a South Korean Shamanistic cult leader, Choi Tae-min, from the Eternal Life Church, has allegedly been allowed to view confidential documents and presidential speeches, and is charged with abuse of power, fraud and coercion.
Choi has reportedly received spiritual guidance from her father for years.
Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world….
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November 10, 2015 Comments Off on Leah Remini on Her Challenging Childhood in Scientology
Leah Remini on Her Challenging Childhood in Scientology: I Was Cleaning Hotel Rooms at Age 13
By Mike Miller and Johnny Dodd
Leah Remini is now one of the most high-profile and outspoken critics of the Church of Scientology, but when she was first introduced to the religion, she found comfort in both the structure and the freedom the church brought to her childhood.
What began as a “normal” middle-class upbringing in Bensonhurst, New York, changed for Remini at young age when her parents divorced. When her mother started dating a Scientologist, the new religion “was introduced to our household pretty quickly,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
While she jokes that initially she couldn’t even pronounce the name of her new faith, she soon found herself benefiting from some of the religion’s tenets. “Almost immediately my mother became a little more open and less the mother who was always yelling at you. She told my sister [Nicole, then 10], and me that we were spiritual beings and we were going to start learning to communicate and not attack each other. As a kid, it’s very empowering,” Remini explains.
At only 13, Remini and Nicole were invited to move into the church’s special Sea Org headquarters in Clearwater, Florida – home to Scientology’s most dedicated members. The pair were separated from their pregnant mother and signed a “billion-year” contract of allegiance to the Sea Org, Remini says….
Remini claims she and her sister lived in a roach-infested motel room with six other girls. The star dropped out of school in eighth grade and was assigned manual labor for 12 hours a day, including cleaning hotel rooms.
“We were being used as laborers,” she tells PEOPLE. (Scientology, which in a statement has called Remini’s entire book “revisionist history,” says that “allegation is false” and maintains that the facility was in good standing with the local health department.)….
The Reminis moved to L.A. But despite escaping the rigidity of Sea Org life, Remini says, the family was still “scraping to get by, living on a friend’s floor, trying to get our own apartment and paying for Scientology [courses].”
Leah Remini Opens up to PEOPLE About Leaving Scientology: ‘It’s Like a Rebirth’
by Patrick Gomez and Johnny Dodd
11/03/2015 Leah Remini is opening up about her three decades in Scientology and why she decided to leave….
When Leah Remini made the momentous decision to leave the Church of Scientology in 2013, she knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
The former King of Queens actress, 45, had been introduced to the religion by her mother at the age of 8, and had been a member for 35 years. As a teen, she even spent a year living – and doing manual labor, including cleaning hotel rooms – at the church’s Sea Org headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, which is reserved for Scientology’s most dedicated members….
Remini also began educating herself about the criticisms faced by the church (all of which are refuted by church officials) and made the difficult decision to leave despite the fear she could lose any relationship with her family, including her mom, Vicki Marshall, and her husband, Angelo Pagán.
But that didn’t happen. Her family followed her lead and left with her….
The Church of Scientology denies nearly all of Remini’s claims….