LMT announcement regarding the recent anti-cult laws in France
Monday, June 4, 2001
The Lisa McPherson Trust is contacted daily by people not only from across the
United States but also from around the world who have been victimized by
Scientology. These are the very people the new French law seeks to protect.
We have many documented cases in which Scientology has committed exactly the
crimes that the French have named -- fraud, abuse of confidence, the illegal
practice of medicine, wrongful advertising and sexual abuse, as well as many
Victims of Scientology repeatedly tell us that they were pressured to do
things that were against their best interest. The wording of the French law
addresses precisely this pattern of conduct by making it illegal to "exercise
heavy or repeated pressure on a vulnerable person, or use techniques likely to
alter his judgment, to induce in him behaviour prejudicial to his interests."
Scientology has denounced the new law as anti-democratic and in breach of
human rights laws, but in fact it is Scientology that has proven itself to be
anti-democratic over and over again. The new law will protect democracy and
the human rights of people who would otherwise fall prey to Scientology's
cold-blooded fraud and abuse.
Scientology hides its criminal conduct under a false cloak of religion and
does so with impunity, because the laws are not equipped to deal with its
insidious form of coercion and fraud. France is the first country to formulate
a law that will specifically protect the human rights of its citizens from
this unholy predator.
We applaud the French assembly for having the courage to oppose this flagrant
threat to democracy. We invite anyone who is interested in learning about
specific instances in which Scientology is guilty of fraud, abuse of
confidence, the illegal practice of medicine, wrongful advertising, sexual
abuse, and other crimes to visit our website at www.lisamcpherson.org/LMT or email us