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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads 186

Posted by timothy
from the don't-keep-that-all-bottled-up-inside-you-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a Scientology front group, has received a 'grant from Google in the amount of $10,000 per month worth of Pay Per Click Advertising to be used in our Orange County anti-psych campaigns.' CCHR believes that ALL psychiatrists are evil. They believe that psychiatrists were behind the holocaust, and these shadow men were never brought to justice. CCHR also believes that psychiatrists were behind the 911 attacks. Scientologists believe that psychiatrists have always been evil, and their treachery goes back 75 million years when the psychiatrists assisted XENU in killing countless alien life forms. Thanks Google! We may be able to stop these evil Psychs once and for all!"
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:02PM (#46800381)

    The more these beliefs are discussed and examined, the more they are revealed for what they are.

  • Credible Source? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Thruen (753567) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:09PM (#46800421)
    I know Slashdot editors like to sleep on the job, but where does this story even come from? Is it really all based on a blog some supposed letter with no explanation behind it? Is this even true? Searching for it turns up some other articles (blogs) from sources I've never heard of, and nothing seems to point to this being real. Can somebody help me out here? Is the future of Slashdot fictional stories and Bennett's Blog?
  • by Plunky (929104) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:18PM (#46800477)

    The more these beliefs...

    beliefs, you say? I don't believe that anybody actually believes all that claptrap about Xenu.. L Ron Hubbard made it all up to bilk money out of desparate people, and plenty of other folk are happy to continue the premise and keep the money flowing.. but does anybody actually believe it? I doubt it..

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:22PM (#46800501)

    They are a weird "religion", and the parts about Xenu are, ahem, interesting. But most of their criticism about psychiatry is rather accurate.

    Psychiatry is the least scientific and most pretentious part of medicine. No real disorders have been detected yet, the DSM is a political document and not a medical one. The drugs do not perform much better than placebo, the level of fraud and misrepresentation in psychiatric drug trials is very high and the side effects are often pretty bad. Psychiatric drugs are often given freely for solving administrative problems (Ritalin or Adderall for "ADHD").

    But let's be honest, the only reason the theology of Scientology is bizzare to us is that is it new. Catholic dogma is not much better.

  • by Thantik (1207112) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:26PM (#46800521)
    I don't understand, how is this any different than any other religion that someone doesn't believe in? There are plenty of christian churches, etc that pay for advertisements against equal rights for homosexuals. This doesn't seem any more crazy.
  • by sjames (1099) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:34PM (#46800563) Homepage

    Motive comes into question. Imagine if the christian church charged admission for services.

  • by ColdWetDog (752185) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:49PM (#46800661) Homepage

    This is precisely how crazies work. They take a perfectly reasonable statement - The practice of psychiatry has problems / Vaccines CAN cause harm, etc and then push their agenda far and beyond any rationale discussion. Yes, the practice of psychiatry is primitive and has been subject to considerable abuse in the past (lobotomies, insulin shocks to name a few). Yes, this country is overmedicated - but not just with psychoactive drugs - and this isn't just the 'fault' of psychiatrists but instead involves doctors, patients, drug companies, government and bog knows who else.

    But the victrolic, angry and anti intellectual approach of CCHR and Scientology in general should continue to be exposed for what it is - a scam. They should be allowed to express their opinions and, if the IRS says they are a 501C3 corp and Google gives something extra to non profits, well then, let'em at it. But it's still a scam. Along with quite an number of other 'non profits'.

  • by mbone (558574) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @03:03PM (#46800737)

    The more these beliefs...

    beliefs, you say? I don't believe that anybody actually believes all that claptrap about Xenu.. L Ron Hubbard made it all up to bilk money out of desparate people, and plenty of other folk are happy to continue the premise and keep the money flowing.. but does anybody actually believe it? I doubt it..

    I don't think you understand how bilking "money out of desparate people" works.

  • by Vellmont (569020) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @03:05PM (#46800759)

    I don't believe that anybody actually believes all that claptrap about Xenu..

    It's no more or less believable than any other religion. Do you think people really believe that a dead guy came back to life? How about an entire ocean was suddenly parted so the good guys could get away and then collapsed again on the bad guys? Or that the earth is 6000 years old? Or that the guy who created the entire universe 12 billion years ago and billions of light years large is really really concerned about if human penises wind up in human vaginas before the correct ritual is performed?

    So yes, I really do think some people believe in the Xenu thing. Especially since they don't really tell you about the Xenu thing until you're really into it.

  • by mwvdlee (775178) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @03:18PM (#46800823) Homepage

    Scientology's beliefs are idiotic, but not much more idiotic than believing in some guy walking up a hill and coming back down with slates with "commandments" apparently handed to him by some deity.

    The problem with scientology is the frequent intimidation, their extremely litigious habits, the abusive behaviour towards members, the rampant commercialism, the indocrtination techniques and a bunch of other things that are decidedly evil and beyond the comprehension of any decent human being.

    Scientology isn't a church, nor is it a cult. Scientology is a corporation. And whereas most corporations are just greedy and soulless, scientology doesn't stop at mere ruthless money grabbing; scientology seems to want to actively hurt it's victims as well.

  • by umafuckit (2980809) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @05:01PM (#46801275)

    I don't believe that anybody actually believes all that claptrap about Xenu.. L Ron Hubbard made it all up to bilk money out of desparate people, and plenty of other folk are happy to continue the premise and keep the money flowing.. but does anybody actually believe it? I doubt it..

    I wouldn't be so sure. I think the main reason it sounds crazy is because this particular belief is shared by comparatively few people. When few people are involved, such beliefs are called cults and are rejected by wider society. It's when crazy beliefs spread and are shared by many people that they're called a religion. Of course different societies draw the line differently [wikipedia.org].

    The beliefs of the Christian church are pretty crazy too, when you stop to think about it, but they're widely accepted in our society so they no longer draw incredulity. Think how crazy this sounds: the Catholic church tells us that during communion the bread and wine literally turn into the blood and body of Christ. However, through some mysterious process, they appear to our senses as unchanged. So the Catholic church tells you that what you're seeing and tasting is wrong, and you should ignore the evidence right in front of you. Presumably, millions of people accept and believe this. Then we have the fact that many Christians believe that everything in the Bible is the inerrant word of God. Yet these same people ignore the parts they don't like (Christians choose to eat pork even though their book tells them not to), they ignore the fact that the Bible is often self-contradictory, and they ignore the fact that the Bible we have today is based on copies of copies that include known errors, additions, and omissions. If God is all-powerful, why is He unable to provide "his inerrant word" in an accurate form, and why is it that he never shows his face?

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