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List of Front groups of Scientology
« on: March 09, 2009, 09:29 »
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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 17:29 »

 Americans Preserving Religious Liberty (previously Alliance for the preservation of religious liberty)
 The Cult Awareness Network (previously legitimate until it was sued into bankruptcy by Scientology)
 The Way To Happiness Foundation
 Concerned Businessman’s Association of America
 HealthMed Clinic
 World Literacy Crusade
 Downtown Medical
 ABLE (Association for Better Living and Education)
 Better Family Relations Association
 Foundation for Religious Tolerance
 East Hollywood People Against Crime
 Environmental Task Force
 Foundation for the Advancement in Science and Education (!)
 International Academy of Detoxification Specialists (targetting firefighters after 9/11)
 Library Donation Service (to get Hubbard’s crappy books into libraries)
 Second Chance (AKA Narconon AKA Scientology)

original is here: http://lambic.co.uk/blog/archives/2008/10/why-scientology-wont-go-away/

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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 19:41 »
Well ... a couple simple break-out visuals of the major groups:




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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009, 19:11 »
Well ... a couple simple break-out visuals of the major groups:




I like the org graphic. Is it possible to name the other scientology tentacles? I mean actually adding the names to the photograph?

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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2009, 00:54 »
It wouldn't be too difficult.  The SMI represents "Scientology Missions International," the triangle represents Dianetics, and the emblem with the double cross is scientology itself.  I'm not sure what the book or the other thing are for, but I may know where to find out.  Yup, here it is: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Stop-Narconon/Documents/IntScnNews/
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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2009, 16:55 »
The real danger of front groups is that they are recruiting tools for the cult.

Someone who knows better than to have anything to do with Scientology may not, however, know to avoid Narconon, or ABLE, or WISE, or CCHR. These front groups imply that they are secular and legitimate.

Another danger is that some front groups initially provide advice (stolen from legitimate sources, in most cases) that seems helpful. A quick glance at front group material may give the false impression that such front groups are benign.

Consider Narconon, which preys on the vulnerable and under-informed, as do many Scilon front groups: drug and alcohol addictions are a plague worldwide, and recidivism rates (people going back to their intoxicant of choice) are high. People who are addicted, and their loved ones, are often desperate to seek help. Narconon claims to be a secular group unaffiliated with Scientology, but a large portion of Narconon materials are taken directly from Scientology's "religious" materials and "training routines" and courses.

Also, Narconon's "scientific" approach to ridding bodies of toxins are scientifically invalid and potentially very dangerous. People have DIED from some of the horrible advice and practices. Narconon centers also employ recent graduates as counselors, which is a bad idea for several reasons. The primary reason is that the inevitable recidivism of addicts means that many of the counselors are likely to still be addicts, and in no position to offer good advice or role modeling to other addicts. In a recent case in DeKalb County (Atlanta, Georgia), a young man, Patrick W. Desmond, went into a Narconon center for alcohol addiction and died from a heroin overdose; he got the heroin from a former graduate of Narconon working as a counselor.

See also:
http://www.stop-narconon.org
http://www.narconon-exposed.org

There are similar problems with the other front groups, especially those dealing with business practices and education.
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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 18:17 »
The real danger of front groups is that they are recruiting tools for the cult.

Someone who know better than to have anything to do with Scientology may not, however, know to avoid Narconon, or ABLE, or WISE, or CCHR. These front groups imply that they are secular and legitimate.

To me, it's very telling that the front groups don't advertise their connection with Scientology.  You would think that if Scientology were as great as they say it is, they would be proud to make the connection known, but even the rank-and-file Scientologists know that the mention of Scientology is like a kiss of death to the front groups, which depend on secular money and people who aren't considering a new "religion" to keep afloat.

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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology-Narconon
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2009, 22:12 »
Ripoff Report:Suncoast Rehab Center
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/442/RipOff0442031.htm

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Sun Coast Rehab failed to provide a safe, honest, and clinical drug rehabilitation for my sister. Families affected by drug addiction need honesty to help alleviate the pull of the addiction. Honesty was never apparent in my experience with Sun Coast Rehab.

The facility claimed not to have any 'connection' with the church of scientology. The staff sold the notion of a holistic rehab practice prior to admission and down played the Narconon classes and program of Scientology. However, we learned later that the program is formed completely from the pseudo science of Scientology.

The facility failed to provide substantive clinical metrics. At no time during my sister's stay with the Narconon facility Sun Coast Rehab, did she see a doctor, clinician or have any lab reports performed. The staff postponed any such diagnostics until my sister departed the facility.

My sister repeated detoxification steps for non-compliance with the program and for asking to leave the facility. A staff person threw the 'Ethics' book at her and shut her in a room after the staff learned she spoke about leaving the facility with her family.

The 'Ethics' book is a series of writings from LRH that is used to break contact with the family and past associations of the person in rehab. This is called disassociation.

I called the facility to ask about these issues. I was told that no such incidence was reported. No staff would ever throw a book at another person. I was also told that the 'Ethics' book is to help form stronger relationships with friends and family.

The Sun Coast Rehab Center like all Narconon centers appear to be what they claim they are not . . . a front for the church of scientology. Rehab cost $30,000.00 and is not refundable paid up front.
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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009, 12:49 »
Back in the mid-90s, I helped to compile a list of known Scn fronts with a few other critics.  There were around 280 fronts on our list, as I recall. 

We didn't really have as many ways to research them as we do now. 

Ray Hill's site has an extensive list of Scientology-related nonprofit and for-profit businesses and other entities here: 

http://xenu-directory.net/documents/corporate/entities-ix.php#a



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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2009, 15:55 »
Thank you Maggie; great resource.
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Re: List of Front groups of Scientology
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2009, 16:37 »
Thanks Maggie.
« Last Edit: August 16, 2009, 16:46 by mefree »
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