Lisa clause or Lisa McPherson clause: an adhesion clause to insulate one party from all damages, including personal injury or death, from known and unknown conduct of commission or omission of the party so released. An "adhesion clause" is a recognized legal term which means "take it or leave it", i.e., that the party signing the agreement has no bargaining power and therefore no alternative but to include the clause in the agreement.A new Scientology release form has surfaced that gives the cult the right to hold its members in isolation indefinitely, and absolves it of any responsibility for a member's injury or death as a result -- the "Lisa McPherson clause". (Thanks to Scientology PR spokesperson Linda Simmons Hight for confirming the document's authenticity to Fox News.)
JEANNETTE-MEYERS: Rest and relaxation sounds like a wonderful idea. But the records say that two days into her stay she was spitting out food and vomiting, four days into her stay she was ashen faced and feverish, and then she became violent, striking the attendants, hallucinating, thinking that she's L. Ron Hubbard, being too weak to stand, soiling herself, crying, babbling, breaking things. At that point, isn't it clear that it's not working?
RINDER: What's not working?
"... this prosecution attempts to place us in fear of the consequences of the very practice of our religion. In the face of these charges, can we be sure that providing any of our religious services to the members of our faith will not result in prosecution because some zealot in a government agency disagrees with our beliefs? Can any of us be sure that if one of our parishioners in the future needs an Introspection Rundown, it will not result in our Church being charged? The answer is, of course, no. And that is an intolerable result."
"Seen in historical context, the Introspection Rundown is the culmination of pseudo-psychiatric and pseudo-medical therapies that dates back to the founding of Dianetics and runs through Scientology up to the present day. Nothing about the Introspection Rundown is religious. Hubbard's stated secular intention was to eliminate psychiatry, and Lisa McPherson fell victim to an organization, Scientology's Flag Service Org, whose members were following Scientology policy."
If circumstances should ever arise in which government, medical or psychiatric officials or personnel or family members or friends attempt to compel or coerce or commit me for psychiatric evaluation, treatment or hospitalization, I fully desire and expect that the Church or Scientologists will intercede on my behalf to oppose such efforts and/or extricate me from that predicament...
I understand that the Introspection Rundown ... includes being isolated from ... family members, friends or others with whom I might normally interact.... The Case Supervisor will determine the time period in which I will remain isolated, according to the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion. I further specifically acknowledge that the duration of any such isolation is uncertain, determined only by my spiritual condition, but that such duration will be completely at the discretion of the Case Supervisor.
I accept and assume all known and unknown risks of injury, loss, or damage resulting from my decision to participate in the Introspection Rundown and specifically absolve all persons and entities from all liabilities of any kind, without limitation, associated with my participation or their participation in my Introspection Rundown.
Tory Christman, who spent 30 years in Scientology before quitting in disgust, confirms that the first such waivers were instituted right after Lisa's death.
|Room 174: the death of Lisa McPherson
|Documents concerning the wrongful death suit
|Files from the Clearwater Police Department criminal investigation
|Documents concerning the criminal case
|Clearwater Police CD-ROM
|Collection of evidence from the criminal case
|The New York Times
|December 1, 1997. Doug Frantz. Front page, above the fold, color photos.
|CBS' Bryant Gumbel, NBC's Tom Brokaw, and others on the McPherson case
|Photographs of Lisa McPherson's life; two with her mom, Fanny
|Lisa's Last Days
|"Overt/withhold" writeups (cult jargon) show the extent of Lisa's distress
|Lisa's Autopsy Photos
|Bruising and cockroach bites. Not for the faint of heart, especially set 2
|Occupied Clearwater: Scientology's headquarters and the site of Lisa's death
|General information about Lisa McPherson
|Law firm handling the wrongful death case
|St. Petersburg Times article on Scientology's brutal litigation tactics
|French page on Lisa McPherson and Scientology (in French)
Confidentiality of Files
Scientology has been forced to hand over Lisa McPherson's PC
(preclear) folders and other records relating to her counseling and
care. (PC folders also played a role in an earlier case involving Lawrence
Wollersheim.) Scientology really doesn't like that, although they
have no qualms about using the material in these folders to attack or
blackmail former members. The release form below is designed to make
it harder for an ex-member (or their estate) to obtain access to PC
folders even if they are later attacked by and forced to sue the
church -- or killed by the church, leaving their estate to sue.
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