Anti-Psychiatry rally in DC
Note the use of children and the word 'kills'.
Subject: Article on the Scn anti-psych rally in DC in new "National Enquirer"
From: Xenubat@primenet.com (Bat Child (Sue M.))
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 00:05:07 GMT
From the 6/8/99 issue of the "National Enquirer"--I scanned the picture (actually two pictures, but both on one scan) from the article and have it on my web site at:
It's also posted to alt.binaries.scientology
BATTLE OF THE CRAZY CELEBS
Shrinks, drugs & Scientology
by Jim Nelson
Call it the real "Star Wars." Celebrities are choosing sides in a crazy battle over--shrinks!
Scientologists Lisa Marie Presley, Kirstie Alley and Juliette Lewis led a protest against psychiatrists and their prescribing of medications to treat young people, claiming such drugs are responsible for violent outbursts such as the recent killings in Littleton, Colo.
Dressed in black and carrying black balloons, they marched around the Washington Convention Center on May 15 chanting, "Don't drug our kids! Don't shock our kids! Just leave our kids alone!"
Inside the convention center, actress Mariette Hartley gave awards at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. She has used medication and therapy to win a long struggle against Attention Deficit Disorder, a problem that plagues many children.
And Patty Duke, Dick Cavett and Tipper Gore have all recently come out swinging for the shrinks--declaring that their lives have been saved by psychotherapy and medication.
But Scientologists--whose famous adherents also include John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Jenna Elfman--are opposed to psychiatry.
"They're making drug addicts out of our children," declared Alley, who brought her two children to the protest. "It's barbaric, and it's being promoted by psychiatrists."
Marla Filidei, vice president of the Church of Scientology's Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, told The ENQUIRER:
"We're opposed to drugging children for normal child behavior.
"All the celebrities in this event called me because of the killings at Columbine High School in Littleton. As children, they saw that many energetic, artistic kids were given drugs like Ritalin and the drugs just stifled these kids' creativity and energy.
"Everyone wants to blame TV and video games and guns for what's happening with our kids. But even drug manufacturers warn that 4 to 6 percent of those taking antidepressants will suffer some form of mania.
"Out of 1 million kids on those drugs, that's 40,000 to 60,000 children who may become violent. Eric Harris, one of the Columbine killers, was on an antidepressant--and look what he did!"
But Dr. Nada Stotland, of the American Psychiatric Association, told a reporter:
"There is no evidence that psychiatric medications cause violence in children or adults. I have no doubt these medications have saved more kids' lives than they've taken.
"This effort by the Scientologists to frighten people away from getting treatment for their kids is sad."
Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist, told The ENQUIRER:
"Scientologists want people to believe the problem is psychiatry--when in fact what they really want is for people to join the Church of Scientology instead of seeing a psychiatrist to treat their problems."
FAST FACT: Longtime Scientologist John Travolta is producing a movie based on the novel "Battlefield Earth" by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Sue, SP4(:), listed on the Scieno Sitter list 5 times!