Scientology Front Groups Fail in NM

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Mayor abandons anti-drug program affiliated with Church of ScientologyBy Ashley Meeks/Sun-News reporter
Posted: 12/07/2008 12:00:00 AM MST


Click photo to enlargeThe Drug-Free Marshal program, which Mayor Ken Miyagishima had... (Sun-News photo by Norm Dettlaff)«12»
LAS CRUCES — The city is immediately ending an anti-drug program aimed at third-graders after it was revealed it was created and bankrolled by the Church of Scientology.

The "Drug-Free Marshal" program, started in late November, had only been presented to five schools but was intended to be promoted eventually among all third-graders in the Las Cruces Public Schools.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima apologized Saturday and said it was not his intention to promote the religion. The mayor said he was approached this summer by Richard Henley, of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, who showed him a pamphlet adorned with the seals of El Paso, Española, the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department and the Horizon City, Texas, and Socorro, Texas, Police Departments and asked if the city would "support eradicating drug use in the community."

In small type at the bottom, the pamphlet is copyrighted by Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Narconon and Association for Better Living and Education, all Scientology programs.

"It's my fault for not checking it out," Miyagishima said. "This is something that I have to put an end to, this portion of it, since it was brought up to me."

Since all the material was free, Miyagishima said he asked about the funding. He said Henley told him it was donated by a private individual who was interested in eradicating drug use.

"He gave me a couple of names, but not (founder and science fiction author) L. Ron Hubbard," Miyagishima said.

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of the literature deals with illegal drugs, but one pamphlet specifically focuses on Ritalin, considered by Scientologists to be a harmful and "mind-altering psychiatric drug." According to Scientology.org, "psychiatry is not a science."
Henley said Saturday the church was only one backer and that the material did not have a religious message, comparing it to the multi-faith origins of United Way.

"There is no religious message in any of the materials and the only message of Mr. Hubbard is in connection with the discovery of the toxins," Henley said, also describing the foundation as "secular."

When asked if he told Miyagishima about the connection with the Church of Scientology, Henley said "it's all in the videos on the Web sites that they acknowledge (the connection between the pamphlet and the church)."

Henley also declined to say if the materials had been provided to other New Mexico schools, saying the requests had come from "individual teachers or classes ... for two or three years."

As for the foundation's message against psychiatric medication, Henley said such prescriptions were up to a "medical doctor" or "medical physician," terms used in Scientology to distance such doctors from psychology and psychiatry. But he was clear about what he said was the danger of such prescriptions.

"Every single one of the shooters in the schools have been on one form or another of these psycho-pharmaceutical drugs," he said, though Scientology is opposed to far more than these drugs. According to the Scientology handbook, even aspirin will make someone "unfeeling, insensitive, unable and definitely not trustworthy, a menace to his fellows actually."

The "Marshal" program was one part of Miyagishima's "5-2-1-0" fitness initiative, which also encouraged children to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables, spend no more than two hours watching TV, get an hour of exercise a day, and not to drink sodas — aspects which have recently been praised by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.-elect Tom Udall and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Only the "Marshal" program is affiliated with Scientology.

"I'm going to have to pull the marshal's badge (program)," Miyagishima said. "First off, I'm not happy that I wasn't fully informed, obviously, and two, that's something there that I can't be — the city can't be seen as promoting any type of religious activity."

LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds said the mayor's decision Saturday was a good solution to a common problem. As superintendent in Des Moines, N.M., Rounds said his staff was given boxes of materials on math that also contained messages about "the godliness of study" and other evangelical themes. "We had to black all of that out so we could use the materials," Rounds said.

Miyagishima said he would give out Las Cruces Police Department sticker badges at future events and that anyone with a Scientology-provided badge could trade it in.

"I don't want to lose any momentum with this program," Miyagishima said.

As for the Scientology material, Rounds called it "regrettable, but I think the mayor's planned direction is the right one. Our message to kids is not to use illicit drugs."


Ashley Meeks can be reached at [email protected]; (575) 541-5462

We also have a convict drug re-hab called Second Chance (NarCONon) in Albuquerque that is about to lose it's state funding. It has been the topic of some media reports lately and a study was done at UNM that concluded doing nothing was as effective as doing Second Chance. They have lied about their recovery stats and they have employed some shady characters in the program.

It is all coming back to bite them. :D
 

byte301

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Bump because it's a big win in my neck of the woods and I want some more validation. :D

I am also working hard on my post count status although I have gotten into some trouble for that. :melodramatic:
 

byte301

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Thank you to wogmonster, Lovenightsky and klidov. I am glad SOME people recognize a win around here!:eyeroll:
 

Panda Termint

Cabal Of One
Thank you to wogmonster, Lovenightsky and klidov. I am glad SOME people recognize a win around here!:eyeroll:
You are right to point out the apparent lack of attention this particular thread has received.
Perhaps we were just a little too distracted by the bright lights of controversy and tabloid-like drama being played out elsewhere on the board.

It is, in fact, a great win for all those who oppose greed and manipulation as practiced by the CofS.

All scn front-groups need to be exposed for what the really are; part of a mind-controlling business cult, infiltrating our schools and society using the facade of "helping others". Their only real intention is to help themselves... help themselves to what is rightfully yours. This includes your money, property, work, freedom, life and the future lives of your progeny.
 

sandygirl

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quote from article:
"He gave me a couple of names, but not (founder and science fiction author) L. Ron Hubbard," Miyagishima said.

This really bugged me while I was "in" and it still annoys me now. Maybe I never gulped enough Kool-aid to buyinto the "acceptable comm" BS. My point being that if your so dedicated to LRH as source and if $cio is the salvation of the planet, why be so dishonest about it? And in my mind it is clearly deceptive to call Scio works anything else.

I respect someone much more if they are upfront even if I totally disagree. This sly little game of calling Scio. tech something else 1) ends up biting you in the ass and 2) makes one look sneaky.
 

wogmonster

Patron
quote from article:


This really bugged me while I was "in" and it still annoys me now. Maybe I never gulped enough Kool-aid to buyinto the "acceptable comm" BS. My point being that if your so dedicated to LRH as source and if $cio is the salvation of the planet, why be so dishonest about it? And in my mind it is clearly deceptive to call Scio works anything else.

I respect someone much more if they are upfront even if I totally disagree. This sly little game of calling Scio. tech something else 1) ends up biting you in the ass and 2) makes one look sneaky.

Well, they ARE a bunch of sneaky bastards! There's that stigma attached to Scientology they don't want to have to deal with. It's become a tacit thing. They have to be sneaky these days.

But, yes I agree with your sentiment. If they really believed in it and were playing it upfront, there would probably be less of a stigma.

But let's look a the Source. LRH. He was a sneaky bastard, no two ways about it. Could be as cool as a cucumber and then switch to maniacal megalomaniac...I'm afraid the pattern was set from the very beginning.
 

byte301

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I was just kidding about not getting validation, guise. I knew you'd all get around to reading it. And like Panda said, there was some other stuff going on when I posted this thread. :D

I dunno...sometimes I think I don't use a captivating enough title on my threads. I am going to have to work on that. I should be good at it...I used to write ads for a newspaper back in the day.

Funny side note...I worked for the newspaper that broke this story, The Las Cruces Sun News! :D
 

Panda Termint

Cabal Of One
I was just kidding about not getting validation, guise. I knew you'd all get around to reading it. And like Panda said, there was some other stuff going on when I posted this thread. :D

I dunno...sometimes I think I don't use a captivating enough title on my threads. I am going to have to work on that. I should be good at it...I used to write ads for a newspaper back in the day.

Funny side note...I worked for the newspaper that broke this story, The Las Cruces Sun News! :D
Yep a zingy headline is definitely the way to go!
Here's an idea for a title that would have had 'em flocking to the thread;
Free Drugs, Marshall Run Out of Town!
What do you think?
Meanwhile, back on thread, it's a great win and thanks for posting it.
 

byte301

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Yep a zingy headline is definitely the way to go!
Here's an idea for a title that would have had 'em flocking to the thread;
Free Drugs, Marshall Run Out of Town!
What do you think?
Meanwhile, back on thread, it's a great win and thanks for posting it.

Hahahahaha! Brilliant! Any editor would be proud to have you on the team!
 
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