Great vid Chris! Excellent stuff! Thank you.
Hubbard wrote the Creed in 1954 mimicking both the US Constitution and the 1947 Universal Declaration of Human Rights wording. Grandiosity much Hubbard?!
Lately I've been really looking at the human rights violations in the area of disconnection. It can't be avoided that so many human rights are violated by policy/actions of scientology. Be that in 1959 or 2014. To adhere to the inflexible polices of scientology is to violate the human rights laws, all the while with scientology bleating (projection!) that anyone that dare speak out against scientology is either a mental health case, pervert or a religious bigot.
I can cite my own experiences with this, and discussion with a lawyer on the subject, when I was attempting to speak out on national NZ TV and the cult attempted to gag me. I plan to write about this in the next few days.
The staff contracts are riddled with human rights violations, eroding national laws and various other rights one has as a citizen of a nation that is ratified into the UN Codes.
How have so many human rights violations been allowed over the years without anyone taking a case to the human rights boys/girls? Every man, woman and child has equal rights before the law. This includes the level playing field of adherence to the UN human rights codes, ratified to and enacted into domestic laws.
I had less rights as a scientologist than the woman living next door and as I view this issue, there is no way any person can have less legal status in a nation than another - except where exact transparent due process is used to remove liberty. Due process, right to arbitration, etc, in essence, is a level playing field and this was one of the main reasons for the birth of the international codes. Yes there are nuances where access to certain legal actions are prohibitive (cost being one) but the basic human rights are level.
So how is scientology getting away with this? Does being a "religion" exempt not only tax requirements but also "contract out" citizens to the same legal status as every other man, woman and child of their sovereign nation?
It is not, in my understanding, possible to contract a citizen out of their internationally legally recognised human rights.
I've been thinking about this all day, Sally.
While it's true there are basic human rights written into international code there are so many, many, instances where those rights are violated by governments, churches, and other organizations. I have gay friends all over the world. In some places they are "allowed" the right to marry and in others that basic right which is afforded straight couples is denied them ... all based on their plumbing design. Children of gay and lesbian parents who are not allowed to marry are, in some instances, denied rights of survivorship, insurance, and other protections we take for granted with straight parents. Rights of women in countries all over the world are denied due to religious or cultural belief systems. Even the right to legal representation and due process is not always guaranteed even when it is presumed under the law. Churches deny their members' rights to reproductive freedom and expression of sexual orientation, to touch on some hot spots. Growing up in a christian cult, clothing and hairstyle choices were denied.
The interesting, and perhaps defining, difference between scn and (most) other religious organizations is, the choice to leave. It's disconnection, yes, and it's even more than that. If you decide to leave, say, the catholic church because you don't like the divorce and remarriage law you can do so without official retribution. It's true, Aunt Matilda might have pitch a fit and refuse to speak to you again, and you might not be able to partake of the sacraments afterwards but --- no one is going to call your family and friends and threaten them if they continue to speak with you, AND no one is going to divulge what you said in confession, no one is going to come pounding at your door insisting you owe money, no one is going to hang up a neon colored piece of paper detailing your crimes..... and so on.
It seems to me.... and I'm a never in so this is from the outside .... the real abuse of human rights is stealing the freedom of choice to walk away without being harmed.
Every other loss of rights might be considered an abdication in order to part of the club. If I want to be a scn I agree that I will no longer do xyz. I agree not to speak out against scn. I agree not to mix other practices with my scn practice. I agree to pay for really low quality courses. Even in contracts which I review ahead of time -- I agree to the conditions. (Heck, my employment contract has things that are not legal in the municipality where I am employed - it's not that unusual.) I'm not saying those things are ok - but that people in scn agree to them as they come up. Manipulation, coercion, brainwashing, yes. But still agreement at some level. I don't know that anyone agrees to what happens when they choose to leave.
Just my thought for the day.