Thieving, Lying Reprobates…


Do NOT use this site!!

Beware of these reprobates!

I have to admit I have been scammed!  However, and in my defence, at no point in the purchase did it let on that, they were not an official site, or that I was are merely paying a fee for the form filling and not for the actual passport.  The site goes out of their way to look legitimate, that they are ‘not the official site’ is hidden in the middle of tiny grey text on a grey background at the bottom of the page when I was looking for the customer services, and was nowhere to be seen when I first used the site.

When I had not received the completed forms to sign  within the promised 10 days, I discovered their ploy and we have had to stump-up the full cost of the passports again to pay HM IPS once if your form ever arrives.

This site not only break several of Google’s terms for advertising, such as not using google to commit fraud, not to mention utterly ignoring the law that states that individual terms and conditions cannot under any circumstances override statutory consumer rights, but Google don’t seem to mind, being a patsy for thieves, so long as they’re getting paid to advertise: yes, you heard me Google, right now you might as well be the front for the Maffia!

To add to this disgrace, they are actually one of 2 companies charging for a service the HM IPS offer free, that come up before the official site on a Google search for passport services’. This apparently breaks Google’s terms and conditions, according to a Guardian article from earlier in the year (see bottom) but it looks like they have taken that clause out rather than fixed the actual problem.

On top of financial fraud this there is the theft of personal details under false pretences to consider.  So far, these companies have merely been fined for their blatantly fraudulent conduct.  Why have they not been prosecuted and imprisoned too?  Yes, I feel like an utter muppet for falling for it and I now have to find another £49 per passport for Oscar and Henry because once they have your money you can’t get hold of them. They don’t even provide what you have paid for.

So far, I have notified:

  • The Office of Fair Trading
  • The Advertising Standards Agency
  • HMRC
  • BBC Watchdog

about this company but really need to let people know not to use them as a matter of conscience.  I am really REALLY pissed off and don’t want other people caught by the same trap.

For your own safety, do not trust a Google search,  ONLY use the HMRC official site

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Updates:

Apparently, their tiny and barely readable disclaimer, makes what they do a legal and legitimate service in the eyes of trading standards and the ASA. However, having heard the issue raised again on BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ this week, I gather the problem of people being scammed is on the increase.

Why do they not just make these ‘services’ illegal and be done with it, and make Google liable for accepting money to advertise them?

Another of Mother Teresa’s houses of horror: Electroshock therapy as punishment, women chained to beds and more…


(PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTOS AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW)

 

The following is Hemley Gonzalez’s hour long interview with a volunteer currently working inside Shanty Dan, a home for mentally challenged women in Kolkata, India. This particular volunteer has asked that her identify remains private as she is still working inside this home.  The following is a shocking and terrifying look at one of the medical institutions operated by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and another primary example of the rampant negligence that is now far too common with this organization.

 

January 24th, 2011

Interview by Hemley Gonzalez

www.stopthemissionariesofcharity.com

 

Hemley Gonzalez: Please tell us about this home you are volunteering in:

Volunteer: This particular facility holds between 250-300 female patients at any given time; it consists of a large building with two stories, general dormitories packed with beds, a large interior hallway where the patients spend most of their time, bathrooms and a dining room.

 

HG: What exactly is the specialty of this medical facility?

V: Actually from what I understood initially, it’s not meant to be a medical facility, but rather a home that women with mental health problems go to, and once they get better they return to their homes.

 

HG: Would you then say it is a mental institution?

V: Yes, it seems like a psychiatry-unit type of place.

 

HG: When you say psychiatry unit, are there any certified psychiatrists permanently in the building who actually administer treatment? And could you please elaborate on the type of treatment these women receive while in this house?

V: There’s a doctor who comes in once a week, on Tuesdays, none of the volunteers are quite sure on his credentials and or qualifications in psychiatry, psychology or otherwise. In addition to this man’s visit, there is a nun who resides in the home and is in charge of handing pills to all the patients, again, not really sure what the pills are exactly as information is rarely shared with volunteers but the number of pills handed out is staggering.

 

HG: Do you think these are psychotropic medicines that are being given to ALL patients?

V: Definitely a mood altering drug and it is handed to both the upstairs and downstairs patients.

 

HG: And this broad regiment of pills for all the patients is prescribed by one doctor who comes in only once a week?

V: Yes, there is no proper diagnosis, but rather some ideas which they come up with while quickly observing the patients. I believe sedation is more of the goal rather than specific diagnosis.

 

HG: How many nuns are on staff and how many paid workers who operate this house?

V: Six paid workers and three nuns

 

HG: Do they provide meals for these patients?

V: Yes, breakfast, lunch dinner and tea and biscuits as snacks.

 

HG: How many volunteers come to the house and for what length of time each day?

V: Usually ½ a dozen or less, we come in the morning about 8:00AM and leave by 12-1PM

 

HG: What are volunteers asked to do?

V: We do practical chores, check and treat for lice, combing and cutting hair, nails, etc. Although I thought the focus was and should be rehabilitation programs with these patients.

 

HG: When you talk about lice, are these in patients who are just arriving or some of the ones who have been in the home for a while?

V: Well, it looks like the problem is always present, even when new patients come in without it; we seem to have the lice in our long term patients as well.

 

HG: Doesn’t it seem odd that a medical facility has an ongoing lice problem?

V: Well, the way I had been presented with information about this house, I thought I was coming to a home and not a medical place, but now after been here for over a month, I see how it completely is a medical facility, as all these women are constantly being given drugs and on Tuesdays there is additional treatment performed by the visiting doctor.

 

HG: What kind of treatment?

V: It’s actually been one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen; it is electroshock treatment, and something that now I’ve noticed is far too common. Many of the women who first come in are given it for six weeks, especially those who are physically unruly, and to the point where they only stop the treatment in some of them until they completely stop talking.

 

HG: So are you saying that patients who come in and aren’t properly diagnosed or as it seems to be the case, not diagnosed at all are receiving electroshock therapy so they can be subdued?

V: Yes. A lot of the women are suffering from incidents that have happened in the past, not necessarily being physically violent, suffering from internal trauma, perhaps some anger issues, asking for attention, and perhaps a range of other psychological ailments but the problem is that no one assesses the problem, how to treat the problem and actually treat the problem properly. They are just given electroshock therapy!

 

HG: So they are resorting to deliberately applying electroshock to these women without actually diagnosing their conditions as a way to try and calm them down?

V: Yes

 

HG: How many instances of these electroshock therapies have you personally witnessed?

V: Usually on Tuesdays is when they do these treatments because that’s the only day the doctor comes, and the first time I witnessed 6 women going into the room.

 

HG: How different was the behavior prior and after receiving these treatments?

V: There is one patient for example who is very outspoken, likes to sing and engage in conversation with volunteers and other patients, when she came out of the room she was almost in a comma stage, foam coming out her mouth, unresponsive and was wheeled out in a stretcher. A few hours later she became somewhat conscious and was complaining of a massive headache and dizziness as well as being extremely confused. Clearly a horrible feeling for anyone who is submitted to this sort of procedure.

 

HG: So this goes on Tuesdays. Have you witnessed it take place on more than one week?

V: Yes I’ve seen it a number of weeks since I’ve been here and many women going through the same, but more recently since myself and other volunteers have been very worried and spoken about it they started to do it in hiding, so it’s hard to tell which women are being submitted to it and how many.

 

HG: How do they hide the treatments now?

V: One of the French volunteers who spoke up a week ago was kicked out by one of the nuns and was asked to never come back. Then I spoke up and went as far as writing a report which the nuns in charge refused to read, basically telling me I didn’t know anything about what was going on, and that I didn’t have any medical experience to question them.

 

HG: Do any of these nuns themselves have any medical experience and or certification in the psychiatry field?

V: No. The nun in charge used to be a dentist, and that is the extend of the medical knowledge from any of them in this house.

 

HG: So one volunteer has been kicked out and your concerns and report ignored?

V: The report I gave to the nun, was intended for the nun, and the interaction between her and the doctor who could care less about any of these women. He doesn’t diagnose them and seems to be more interested in just applying the electroshock when he does his weekly visit. If the women are kept sedated so they don’t create additional work for the nuns or the paid workers, then the doctor does his job “well”. There is a nun who is basically in charge of choosing which women are to receive the electroshock, and incidentally also has the power to stop it, so I figure I would research some information about electroshock therapy and show her the devastating effect this type of treatment could have on people who are not candidates for it in hopes of stopping this madness.

A lot of the information available in the web and medical sites all point to the same problematic side effects, such as memory loss, and in applying the findings to the patients directly I started to see how a lot of the cognitive functions were affecting their brains; particularly in women where there was some sort of normalcy days prior to them being placed under this barbaric therapy and after having essentially a mental meltdown.

What really unsettled me was the fact that a lot of these women came into Shanty Dan to get better and leave, but this isn’t happening because after electroshocks some of them have actually made them worse.

 

HG: Why aren’t the nuns at Shanty Dan hiring full time psychiatrists? For an institution holding nearly 300 patients with a wide range of mental illness, you would have to have several professionals on staff at all times. What’s happening here?

V: When I asked one of the nuns why weren’t any doctors she said the most ridiculous thing: “there are no counselors in India” “You find them and bring them here” “you wouldn’t be able to find any around”

 

HG: Pardon the expression but that seems to be a crazy thing to say, wouldn’t doctors love the opportunity to accept a high paying job to look after 300 patients?

V: Agreed.

 

HG: So there is one nun who has some dentistry background, one doctor who comes in once a week who is supposedly a psychiatrist and prescribes a broad regiment of pills to about three hundred patients and about six medically untrained workers who look after the patients. What is your take of the actual state of this institution?

V: Is a big joke, they don’t care about any of the women there; they just have some workers to look after them and don’t seem to take seriously their conditions, certainly not a home for mentally challenged women where the goal would be to improve their lives. It’s basically a building filled with women with lots of mental issues who are vulnerable and in real need of help.

 

HG: Where you told or explained prior to volunteering that this was a place where women would be helped and or empowered to get better from certain mental illnesses?

V: Actually we weren’t actually told anything of value at the orientation/registration which was just two minutes long and they basically said the place was a home for mentally challenged women. And of course I assumed this was a place where women got treated properly so they could get on with their lives, I really didn’t think I would encounter what I have witnessed in my time here.

 

HG: Now that you have been forbidden to participate or witness the electroshock sessions of which you spoke against so strongly, what else are you asked to do with your time there?

V: We try to do some fun activities with the women, playing games, speaking to them kindly (unlike the forcefully and aggressive manner in which the nuns often speak to them).

 

HG: When you speak of aggressive behavior, is this something that happens frequently by the women and workers who operate the house?

V: Nuns and workers often treat the women angrily and harshly, they show signs of disgust and exhaustion in working there and understandingly so as some of the patients can be a handful, but for a place with three hundred patients and so little workers, it is expected that problems will arise. The patients are often beaten by workers who without any proper medical training often resort to violence in an effort to institute order.

 

HG: What kind of financial compensation do some of these workers get for their time in this home?

V: I know they are not getting a lot, especially since a lot of them live in slums.

 

HG: So these are women from the slum who are themselves in great financial need and even less likely to obtain medical training to deal with almost three hundred mentally ill patients?

V: The workers have their own issues, and they even have come to accept the idea that the shock therapy is actually a good thing because they hear it from the doctor and the nuns, in particular nun Benedicta and another who we’ve branded the evil nun, especially after personally seeing her torturing some of the older patients.

 

HG: One of the nuns tortures the women how?

V: Stupid stuff, emotional abuse for instance, demeaning them, I seen her doing that with some of the older patients, for example, one of the volunteers who comes in and does some of the dressing and cures for patients who need it, an old lady who has a wound in her back and the volunteer needed help moving the patient around  to get to the sore and the nun literally yanked her forcefully in front of the other patients, pulled up her dress and in degrading manner laid her down while asking the patient to stop being shy and exposing a private and serious wound to the rest of the floor, zero dignity, while telling her to stop crying in front of the volunteers and remind her that once the volunteers leave, she will still be here to deal with her. How sadistic and frightening is this?

 

HG: Basically this home becomes a house of horror for a lot of these patients once the volunteers leave?

V: Yes, especially with this nun who we now call the evil nun, she is middle aged, heavy.

 

HG: Are most of the nuns obese? I seem to find a large number of sedentary women who work for this organization. Why is that?

V: She’s actually quite big, a round face Bengali women, and she’s almost as big as the other two nuns in the house, Benedicta and Maria. The often just sit around and let the volunteers and workers do most of the work, of course, their diets are well proportioned with proteins and items which the patients don’t often get themselves.

Speaking of this “evil” nun, it’s actually evident that she has some mental issues of her own, the way she behaves with other patients, very sadistically, and even the workers agree there is something wrong with her, as they too allude to the fact that she is especially abusive with the patients.

 

HG: So even workers actually admit that there is something wrong with this particular nun who is also running this house?

V: Yes, all the workers feel very negatively about her and even volunteers no longer listen to her. In one instance she began to stab the feet of the old lady with the infected wound.

 

HG: Stabbing the patient’s feet?

V: Yes with a pair of scissors.

 

HG: For what reason?

V: It was very strange; it seemed like a personal thrill for her.

 

HG: And this is being done by a nun who is clearly disturbed?

V: Yes, clearly no sane person does some of the things this woman does.

 

HG: What would you say is required for this house to operate as the mental facility you thought you were coming to work in?

V: For starters, a must is a range of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologist and therapists and not these robotic tools such as the electroshock machine and this massive distribution of psychotropic medicines to all patients without diagnosis. There are no personal assessments of the ailments and or diagnosis for a cure and a long term plan to get these women to a somewhat normal life and in many cases to a full integration back to society.

 

HG: Is the broad application of medicines to all patients without understanding the specific issues of what each of them were brought to this house for in the first place creating more problems?

V: Exactly. And really to get any of these women to a path of improvement, there needs to be some consistent and professional counselling, they come in and many of them could truly be healed with the proper professional and consistent help.

 

HG: Would you say any of the nuns currently on staff are in any shape to adjust to any of the changes you would like to see for this particular house?

V: No. As it stands right now they refuse to listen to suggestions, apparently they’ve rejected ideas and or programs suggested by many volunteers.

 

HG: What did they do with your report when you suggested all these possible treatments?

V: The head nun, Benedicta basically laughed in my face and flat out said she “I wouldn’t have time to read any of this documents”

 

HG: If they are too busy to read reports pertaining the work they are there to do, what exactly do they occupy their time with instead?

V: Looking after the women I suppose and not very efficiently obviously.

 

HG: As other houses operated by the Missionaries of Charity, does Shanty Dan also have hours of prayers where the nuns are absent from the facilities and neglect the patients?

V: Yes, and they  leave the women workers from the slums in charge the same group who are medically untrained and get paid very little money for all the work they do. What’s even more alarming is the fact that the “evil” nun as we have resorted to calling her has begun punishing unruly patients by administering electroshock therapy, regardless of their condition, she has been doing this as a way to subdue them physically which is disturbing and aggravating to say the least.

 

HG: Electroshock therapy is actually being applied as punishment?

V: Yes, unfortunately.

 

HG: Did you actually witness some of the electroshock procedures and how many?

V: Yes, I saw a line of women waiting for the application and after seeing the first one being applied, it horrified me. The women waiting in line were not told anything that was about to happen and became apprehensive as some of the other women who had been submitted to the electroshock were being wheeled out of the room in a stretcher while foaming at the mouth.

 

HG: After you spoke about this barbaric practice, what happened?

V: Almost immediately they banned volunteers from coming near the room where the electroshocks are performed. The glass window that looks into the room was covered with a curtain and on Tuesdays, the day they are performed, volunteers were being asked to perform other tasks away from the area where the treatments take place. What’s even worse now, the nuns are considering to close the doors to volunteers, so the horrors will continue without witnesses who can defend these patients.

 

HG: Do you believe these nuns are actually performing electroshock therapy themselves without the presence of the doctor who comes in once a week?

V: I wouldn’t put it pass them. And in any case, they line up the women they want to punish and makes the doctor apply the electroshock on Tuesdays. Some of them up to six weeks which basically render them useless for a long time after.

 

HG: Let’s talk about a bit more about the facility. Are there any outdoor areas or spaces where they could spend some time in the sun and receive natural light and other necessary sensory experiences?

V: There is actually a courtyard with some nice outdoor areas but unfortunately the nuns have closed off the area to the patients. Their main complaint is that some of the women were defecating in the grass and that became too much work for the paid janitors and nuns to handle, so now all the patients are confined to an inner corridor with some windows that look out to the exterior but basically all their time is spent indoors. They really get no natural light anymore and are essentially confined to these interior corridors, bathrooms and dining room.

 

HG: I think it is fair to say that the entire facility is wrongly and inefficiently staffed, given the fact that there are no permanent doctors, nuns with basically no medical training and workers who are at best cleaning and janitor women, wouldn’t you agree?

V: It would most certainly help to bring in professionals to asses all the cases of the women currently being kept in the house. While volunteers come in and try to help, their duties are usually limited to washing clothes, dishes and some grooming of the patients.

 

HG: Are there any washers and dryers in the house?

V: No. They’ve refused to accept them.

 

HG Do you think this house will change and or improve?

V: Not really. After several weeks of suggesting changes, researching, handing over helpful documents and speaking to the nuns and workers, I’ve come to realize they are not interested in altering their culture of abuse and neglect.

 

HG: One would also have to assume that the workers are trying to protect their income, however little it is and in essence are conspirators to the medical negligence perpetrated by these nuns on a daily basis.

V: Yes, they do pretty much whatever the nuns say including systematic beating of the patients at the request of the nuns themselves.

 

HG: It is my understanding that nuns within this organization are shuffled around the different houses they operate around the world, one of the reasons being is the mounting complaints and as a way to diffuse the public’s outrage or concern they continue to change some of them in charge and dispatch them to different places. How long before they resort to their malevolent practices in their new positions?

V: Well, we have already noticed some abusive behaviour by nun Benedicta who is recently new in Shanty Dan; we’ve seen her hitting patients sometimes and using forceful language, almost as if these patients are wild animals. I am afraid the behavior is chronic and symptomatic of these nuns. The same goes for the workers.

 

HG: Have there been any deaths during your time there?

V: Yes. Three. One was a new lady that had arrived; she was quite small and fragile. She seemed fine and had some difficulty walking, but other than that she was cognitive and responsive. After I returned two days later I found that she had passed and when I asked for the cause of death, I was told she had a stroke but there was a lot of ambiguity on the actual answer, especially when another volunteer felt that the medicine she had been given was the wrong kind and thus caused her to have a fatal and allergic reaction.

Another was a 40 something year old patient, her name Maduri, I remember her clearly because she was the very first patient I saw chained to the bed and now I see this more and more often. She was very active and always wanted to leave but one day I came to work and she also died.

And another patient who was ill was brought here which I thought was very strange, one who should have certainly been brought to a hospital.

 

HG: How many patients are chained to their beds?

V: At the moment from what I can tell probably half a dozen, perhaps more. And especially those who don’t want to remain in the facility.

 

HG: So patients who don’t want to stay are not allowed to leave?

V: No

 

HG: Are there medical histories for each patient?

V: No. There are just these cards where they sometimes make notes about the medicines they give to the women, but nothing in detail and certainly no diagnosis; another thing I noticed is a slew of women who arrive from jail.

 

HG: From jail? Please explain:

V: There seems to be some sort of agreement between the Missionaries of Charity and some of the women jails where they bring some of the inmates who are being released but their families don’t want them home, so they end up here. Many if not all of them have absolutely no mental disabilities, so I find this whole arrangement quite strange.

 

HG: So perhaps for some sort of rehabilitation program? Except this is a mental institution which doesn’t even seem to rehabilitate their own mentally challenged patients in the first place!

V: Yes, very strange. There are no televisions or rehabilitation programs or visual or physical activities, they just sit there all day, almost rotting away. Also, all of the women who arrive from jail join the distribution of pills and almost immediately become subdued. And most of the women change their behaviour completely and overnight, as if becoming zombies. There is one in particular which is very troubling to me, it is a pregnant patient who is constantly given medicines, and her mood changes drastically.

 

HG: These type of pills are being administered to a woman who is pregnant?

V: Yes, even injections that basically knock her unconscious.

 

HG: Do we know if the one doctor who visits this home once a week has actually researched that the medicines he is administering to this pregnant woman won’t hurt the fetus?

V: No.

 

HG: You also mentioned another patient who had a baby recently and the baby was taken to an orphanage hours away from this facility, something quite strange considering the fact that the Missionaries of Charity operate another orphanage literally next door to the same place where the new mother is. Why would they do this?

V: When I asked the same question to the nun in charge her answered was: “God bless you and your compassion” and she laughed and walked off.

 

HG: Why aren’t other volunteers talking about the same things you have witnessed?

V: I just don’t think they care enough. They come here for a few days and don’t want to raise any issues. A lot of them are nice folks but they just feel helpless at the time or rely on the fact that someone else like you or me would speak up about it. Or worse, they think these nuns are actually doing a good job.

 

HG: I understand that a first rate health care facility, one that is typically found in develop countries such as the US, Britain, ect, is not something that is feasible or realistically possible to construct and execute in places like Kolkata, but for an organization that receives millions and millions of dollars in donations each year, is this the best they can do?

V: No, not at all, at best they are providing below minimum care. For an organization with European influence and the massive financial support they receive, this is shameful to say the least. There needs to be immediate and drastic changes. The electroshock therapy is running a lot of these women’s lives, they can never go back out into society and join a cycle of normalcy, their memories and even simple functions have been sucked out of them, almost if not all patients are treated like animals in a zoo.

 

HG: What happens when you leave?

V: Well, this is why I am talking about it. People like you who continue to raise awareness about these issues are a major source of hope for change and this why I couldn’t remain quiet any longer.

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The Cult of Scientology.


What is a cult?

The dictionary definition of the word cult depends on the source but they are largely in agreement with one another. The Penguin English Dictionary defines it in the following way;

  1. a system of religious beliefs and ritual, or its adherents,
  2. a religion regarded as unorthodox and spurious, or its adherents, (this is entirely a matter for outside perspective)
  3. great devotion among a group to a particular, person, idea, or object.

Wikipedia uses the following definition for the word cult; In traditional usage, the cult of a religion, quite apart from its sacred writings (“scriptures”), its theology or myths, or the personal faith of its believers, is the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is the definition of impiety. ...”


Wordnet gives us several similar definitions;

  • followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
  • fad: an interest followed with exaggerated zeal; “he always follows the latest fads”; “it was all the rage that season”
  • followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
  • a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false;it was a satanic cult

The Oxford English Dictionary is as follows;

  • a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object: the cult of St Olaf
  • a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or as imposing excessive control over members:a network of Satan-worshipping cults.
  • a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular thing:the cult of the pursuit of money as an end in itself
  • a person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society:the series has become a bit of a cult in the UK

In summary a cult is a dangerous mix of exclusivity and extreme or false religious devotees, who view those within as property to be controlled, and those –inside or out– who either question or challenge their practices as subversive individuals to be persecuted if they see fit.  They neither value the individual or their families as a collective unit and think nothing of splitting up families if they have to by expelling individuals in order to prevent that dissension from spreading. (Sounds like pretty much every religion going which is probably why they have been allowed to get away with so much for so long.)  Using a mixture of fear and misinformation they befuddle their followers into believing falsehoods both about themselves and about reality.  The same could also apply to the Jehovah’s Witnesses as there are reports of the same tactics and cruel behaviour from former adherents.  L.Ron Hubbard was not the first to try this and it looks like he will not be the last, what with Rick Warren (a Calavanist and 6 day young earth creationist) and his Purpose Driven Life.

Fancy A Demonstration?

The ‘church’ will relentlessly harangue and harass former members.  They deliberately tear families apart and were it not for the success of  Hubbard’s ‘self-help’ book Diamantics it would probably not have taken hold.  Hubbard’s own words described the ‘Fair Game’ policy to be applied to dissenters and those who speak against them.  This involves digging into the past of those individuals and trying to destroy them financially by suing and by damaging the reputation and the credibility of the person they investigating.

The BBC crew were followed due to their challenge of the so-called Church of Scientology.  After failing to reach an agreement with the church leaders over what could and could not be reported and the terminology that was not to be used, Mr Sweeny began his own investigation of them by speaking with former cult members.  If they felt the need to prohibit the word cult tells us all we need to know about their paranoia.  The failure was obviously aimed at halting the production of the project as they continued to monitor them and sent their top-spokesman to every venue the crew was filming at and he even went so far as to visit their accommodation when they had not told him where they were staying.  So add stalking and harassment to the vast charges against Tommy Davis, Director of Public Affairs.

The BBC investigation was hampered by senior members of the cult who attempted to disrupt it at every turn.  This is not the behaviour of an organisation with nothing to hide as Mr Davis so aggressively stated.  The core beliefs of Scientology are only available to those at the highest levels.  The fact that the BBC crew were even forced into a bathroom to achieve some form of editorial conversation was worrying enough, but the fact Mr Davis also saw to it that even this was interrupted, speaks volumes about their obvious tactics.  The crew was also filmed at the instruction of Mr Davis who was as continuously rude (speaking about people in the third person front of them to other peoplee), sly, condescending and aggressive (but not all that clever) in his treatment of the BBC as he has shown himself to be in other interviews and the more people who see him for the liar he is, the better.

Throughout the program they are seen using the same ‘psychiatry‘ that they claim to hate and fear so much in order to deliberately provoke an emotional response from, John Sweeney.  His response was understandable after the continuous barrage of lies, misinformation and being cut off mid-sentence.  After seeing what drove him to that point and how long it took, I am certain that no rational person would hold it against him.  I am only relieved that he wasn’t in there on his own.  My personal view is that the reason for their campaign against the study of psychiatry is so that their deluded followers do not go out to services outside their controlled environment and undermine and undo all that careful grooming and brainwashing;  it is Stockholm syndrome on a massive scale.

The attitude of the cult coordinators and Mr Davis’ own behaviour had been evident throughout the project and has been substantiated by many of the ‘rumours’ employed against the cult by former scientologists.  Their tactics were glaringly obvious and when confronted Tommy Davis, resorted to direct insults (“bigot“, close-minded” and biased were words repeatedly used in Mr Davis’ continued provocation of John Sweeny.), interrupted him at every opportunity, and refused to allow him to speak.  After they had been refused access to interviewees loyal to the vicious and duplicitous cult, he turned up uninvited to interviews and disrupted them  by publicly attempting  to discredit both of them by reading aloud information from the interviewees’ ‘past’.  I am very glad that Mr Sweeny did show the measures that this crazed and paranoid bully of an institution has gone to.

Scientology is NOT a religion, it is a dangerous and manipulative cult which should be shut down as soon as may be before any more lives are destroyed by it’s lies.  The below link leads to a Panorama follow-up of the above videos.  (Unfortunately the bbc iplayer video is not available to some countries for copyright reasons.)  Mike Rinder has since left the cult and met up with Mr Sweeny to reveal that the truth of what went on during that investigation really was what we witnessed in the 2007 documentary.  Mr Rinder was one of Sweeny’s handlers along with Mr Davis and once the public face of Scientology and having the same tactics used against him that once he employed against others.  His family is still in the church and he is now subject to a so-called “Disconnect”; another policy the church claims to have discarded.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00v1ykr/Panorama_28_09_2010/

There is also a fair amount of on-line information about Mr Davis’ shockingly poor interview conduct including walkouts (in part 2 ) during interviews, outright lies, and other tantrums.  He is a liar and I think he enjoys the power he wields over even those who have broken free of the cult.  Aside from my personal dislike of him and desire to see him rot in a prison cell,  the man makes my skin crawl.  It SHOULD NOT be registered as a religion anywhere.  It should be shut down and the leaders be arrested and charged for harassment, blackmail, torture, physical abuse, and the list goes on.

Hell’s Angel or Sacred Cow?


Mother Teresa is a serious topic of contention. Once praised by apologists as a ‘living saint’, she began as a serious problem for the Catholic church as an anti-reformist, anti progress, religious fundamentalist, whom they managed to turn into a publicity icon and money spinner.  She set up the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 after claiming that she was mandated by heaven and requested by Jesus to serve him and quench his thirst for love and souls (kind of a scary idea if you ask me) through his ‘distressing disguise’; the poor.  Not only this but they also claim that the poor must suffer so that people CAN sanctify themselves in the eyes of god; not only a ‘cart-before-the-horse’ mentality, but morally reprehensible.

Believing that they are not really helping the people they claim erroneously to be helping is bad enough, but to then say it is so they may earn the love of God and Jesus in return is mercenary even in the best possible sense.  What is wrong with helping people because it is the right and decent thing to do? One would consider perhaps, the element within Christian dogma which has hijacked any and all acts of humanitarianism and tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to make them their own appearing then to lend themselves the ammunition to claim that any ‘moral’ act without god is worthless when no such assumption is justified.  It’s circular and empty logic (if you can call it that at all) and a kin to the attitude which holds that the bible is true because the bible says it’s true.  To add insult to injury people have been tricked into this media-tinsel-hype-trap of biased and one sided reports and stories.  Her acts have been judged by an arbitrarily invented reputation of saintliness and therefore she is considered by many to be somehow immune from rebuke, query or indeed any form of negative critique.  I, like Mr Hitchens and many others, refute this reputation entirely.

Reports of neglect and abuse within her institutionalist homes for the dying, hospices (not hospitals as no one leaves those places alive), boarding houses and orphanages, go unreported in the mainstream press.  Why? Because those who have been sucked in by the mythology are NOT looking for it.  Just like we weren’t looking for paedophilia and child abuse within the catholic church until fairly recently when people stopped being frightened by the false and self-assumed ‘power’ of Rome and coming forward to the people that mattered.  They should have done so years ago but one cannot reflect too closely on the past that cannot change.  I really don’t care that Ratzinger was apparently blocked in his investigations.  He had ample opportunity to hand the information over to the proper authorities and they still do. I have no sympathy whatsoever that he gave into the pope’s adviser at the time.  All that shows is moral cowardice.  My regrets?  That there is no hell for that shower of hypocrites, child abusers and misogynists to rot in.  Why don’t they? Blatant arse covering.  They obviously have more to hide and more at stake than they are letting on.

Back on topic now, last week I posted a video on my own YouTube Channel and had some quite worrying feed back on the same day.  Not only was this person so besotted with their own sense of altruism, they praised the nuns to the rafters for their self-sanctifying choice to live like the ‘poorest of the poor’, when what should really have been happening is the building and staffing of real hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation programs.  The order receive billions in donations but it is obvious that this is not where the money is directed.   After more than 50 years there has been no improvement in the standards or conditions in those places.  What has increased is the number of convents and brother’s homes.

It is clear from their actions and statements to the media that they hold no interest in any practical alleviation of the terrible problem poverty in India – caused largely by chronic overcrowding and an influx of refugees from Sectarian and Religious warfare – but this is by no means all there is to this country.  The majority have access to clean water, hospitals and a rich historical culture of art, literature, and music.  The symbols we think of as numbers historically came from India and their universities are competitive with those in Europe.  The images we are shown of the Indian people of Calcutta is a scandalous misnomer on behalf of the Missionaries of Charity.  The ‘idea’ that these nuns are even trying to solve these very real problem is nothing short of a fraudulent pretence.

There are legions of Catholic, non-catholic and even non-religious people, who have bought into the myth of Mother Teresa and parade her name and the false idea of this nun, who have gone so far as to not only make religion ‘immune from criticism’ but this woman in particular.  What we don’t hear are the reports from the volunteers who have dared to think critically and question the practices.  Hemley Gonzalez, was a former volunteer in the Home for the Dying in Calcutta, and runs the Stop the Missionaries of Charity page on Facebook where you will find his first hand reports and photographs of the conditions.  In a few weeks Hemley will be in EST which will mean a somewhat reduced time differential compared with between the UK and Cuba (5 hrs behind the UK).  Hemley has kindly agreed to join me in a podcast interview about his experiences and we are currently arranging a time and date.

In an interview between Matt Cherry and Chrisopher Hitchens shortly after the release of his book, The Missionary Position; Mother Teresa In Theory and Practice (I ordered my copy today), Mother Teresa ‘forgave’ him for making this film.  As he stated, forgiveness was neither required nor requested and the arrogance that went with this supposed ‘forgiveness’ puts the lie to the purported humility of this woman.  Her PUBLIC answer to everything was either forgiveness or prayer!  Doing something practical is obviously too hard!  She was a fraud and a charlatan, used by the Catholic church for fund-raising to set up religious institutions and training centres for ignorant and totally  obedient nuns.

Please take the time to fill in this petition to stop the Missionaries of Charity from committing their blatant acts of neglect and make them account for the billions that are donated to their order for the care of the poor and the needy.

http://www.indianvoice.org/stop-the-missionaries-of-charity-petition.html

Sources

Videos

  • Hell’s Angel – Television Program by Christopher Hitchens
  • Mother Teresa; Definitely NOT a Saint! – Penn and Teller
  • Shaming Mother Teresa

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