The following letter was sent to NBC5.com in response to a report taken from the New York Post
, alleging that some movie stars who belong to the Church of Scientology have "signed away basic rights."
The recent NY Post
article on Scientology misses the point -- perhaps intentionally.
1) These documents did not need to be "discovered" by any researcher.
These forms are freely offered to any parishioner or prospective
parishioner upon admission to services within any Scientology
Organization. Nobody forces anyone to sign them, and they are offered
in full disclosure by the Public Registrars of the Church.
2) These documents do not "sign away basic rights" -- quite
to the contrary, they safeguard our basic religious right to not fall
in the hands of the psychiatric establishment unwillingly. You'll note,
despite the deliberate slant of the article, that nothing in these
documents is meant to obstruct medical care. In fact, in every
Scientology Organization there is a sign, plainly visible to all
applicants and new students, that encourages people with a medical
condition to please see a Medical Doctor. All these documents do is
prevent any practitioner from forcibly institutionalizing a
Considering the barbarities that pass for "healing" in the field of
psychiatry, considering how grossly corrupt this field
has become and how easily a person can be
institutionalized against their will in this supposedly "free"
semi-Orwellian society, I am surprised that documents such as these are
not being drafted by lawyers every day for the benefit of the general
population. They would certainly have protected Frances Farmer, Vivian
Leigh, Kurt Cobain
, and the 690,000-plus people that have died under inhumane conditions
in psychiatric hospitals over the last few decades.
Greg Churilov, a Scientologist in San Diego