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was denied a license to operate in 1982 based directly on false information given the Guatemalan Embassy in Washington, D.C. by a Justice Dept. attorney.
* We have linked U.S. agency transmittals of
false and questionable information with the raid
This is but a sampling of the devastating effect such transmittals can have. The dossier machine, set up years ago by vested interests of the Institutional Psychiatric movement long opposed to religious thought and practice, operates even today. Apparently these same vested interests, operating with some new faces such as psychiatrist Dr. John Clark who is leading the fight against new religions here and in Europe, are continuing to operate in America today unabated. How else do we explain the unprecedented assaults on religious liberty over the last few years?
Rev. Moon and his Church stop drug use and illicit sex, preach morality and assist millions of people.
Pastor Sileven from Nebraska starts a Christian school teaching the moral principles of right and wrong in addition to basic education.
L. Ron Hubbard develops a workable solution to drug addiction and a powerful new technology of study. that is currently helping millions of people worldwide.
Hubbard is attacked for his work, Pastor Sileven is driven from the State under threat of arrest and Rev. Moon faces a jail sentence.
Other religions across America and other countries offer the same wholesome atmosphere. The Oral Roberts, the Jim Bakers, the Pat Robertsons, other evangelicals, the Mormons, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Buddhists, Vedantists, Hare Krishna's are
offering a drugless society and better education. Why are they being attacked? How does Institutional Psychiatry continue to use the government for its vituperation of religion?
We have spent millions, we will probably spend more millions before this is through. Religions are being driven together as they have picked up the banner of morality and started a return to time honored ideals such as the family. This will continue against the anti-morality psychiatric movement protected by the misguided few serving their interests in government.
How long does religion have to fight?
In 1934, in the small town of Barmen in the Rhur valley of Germany, a small conference of religious leaders and laymen from the free Churches gathered to warn of the impending storm in Europe. They expressed the principles of God fearing men. They did not know the names of the doctors and chief psychiatrists who would plan the holocaust as it was just then beginning - with the slaughter of thousands of helpless mental patients and other "genetic defectives" in German institutions. They did not foresee the rape of Europe or the genocide of races coming. They were however men of such spiritual vision that they saw the need for religions to stand together. They were men like Karl Barth, Eric Bonhoffer and Pastor Martin Neimoller.
Pastor Neimoller summed it up:
"In Germany, the Nazis came for the communists,
The religions will not become victims. We are growing in our convictions. Religion makes the future of this country. Religions are the hope for sanity, morality,
honesty, production and drugless states of ability. Our liberty is the liberty of the spirit and our freedom is the freedom of God. We shall not be held down or victimized by the godless vested interests of Institutional Psychiatry who oppose spiritual practice, who label religious experience 'mental illness', who created such 'wonder drugs' as LSD for our children and who utilize such barbaric "treatment" on our people as electric shock and lobotomy.
The use by these special interests of our own government agencies to forward their anti-religious campaigns must come to an end. Currently our National Institue of Mental Health provides funds to a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, Dr. Louis Josslyn "Jolly" West of the U.C.L.A. Neuropsychiatric Institute, who has sponsored anti-religious seminars and travelled to Europe promoting his campaign against new religions.
So far neither the Judicial nor Executive branches have taken effective action to stop the assault on religion. We hope and pray that legislators with courage and vision, such as the honorable members of this Subcoumittee, can face and solve the problems of religious liberty confronting us in America today.
THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
We of the Church believe:
And we of the Church beliere:
And we of the Church believe that the laws of God forbid Jan:
Charles E. Dederich founded Synanon in 1958 with his $33 unemployment check. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the California Secretary of State on September 18, 1958 under the name Synanon Foundation, Inc. Synanon was organized and has been operated at all times since its incorporation in 1958 exclusively for purposes expressly within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) and is a non-profit, religious corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of California. Synanon was granted tax-exempt status in 1960. From 1960 to 1982, Synanon was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. Our tax exemption for years 1977 and 1978 was revoked in May, 1982.
Although Synanon's religious and charitable activities are many, the most dramatic has been the effort to rehabilitate and reeducate over 15,000 people who have come to Synanon in trouble, seeking help. When the first drug addict came to Synanon, the assumption that "once an addict always an addict" was challenged and proven wrong.
Today, Synanon's methods and philosophy are widely used in state and federal correctional systems, in our country's educational institutions, by the informal network of organizations which currently distribute sur plus food and materials to the needy, and in thousands of rehabilitation or ganizations which are modeled on Synanon. Synanon is one of the few modern American charitable or ganizations which has not relied on Government funding. Rather, Synanon has a fundamental religious belief that people, individually and collectively, should strive towards self-reliance. Synanon has developed businesses that teach job skills and make the organization largely self-supporting.
The Synanon Church al 80 teaches that we must act as our brother's keeper. Therefore, our religious community has kept its doors open and food supplies flowing to those in need, even without recognition from the I.R.S. of our tax-exempt status and while this matter is still pending in the courts.
Although Synanon is best known for its work with addicts, other charitable and religious works include operation of schools, a vocational college, research into and dissemination of information about alienation, chemical dependence, delinquency, criminality and the care of senior citizens. In addition, Synanon has spawned a network of organizations that distribute food and other necessities of life to the needy.
Synanon, like many other new religions in America, faces tremendous per secution from the U. S. Government, specifically the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. The facts are presented below.
"The power to tezie the Puerto destroy". (Chief Justice Lazzball.ID
Over the past 25 years, the Internal Revenue Service has conducted four audits of Synanon's charitable and religious works. At the end of each of the first three audits, the auditing agent recommended "no change" in Synanon's tax-exempt status.
The fourth audit which began in March, 1979, clearly demonstrates the intent of the Internal Revenue Service to use its power to tax as power to destroy. The following facts were