- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)9
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
Scientologists' pursuits are humanitarian
To the editor:
Last month, in covering the plight of Rodney Yoder, references were made to the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, containing errors. Hubbard was a humanitarian. His discoveries and developments in drug-rehabilitation and criminal reform are renowned. For example, the Narconon drug-rehab program, based on Hubbard discoveries, has a 70 percent to 80 percent success rate, distinguished from a typical rehab clinic boasting 3 percent success rates. Hubbard-based Criminon (criminal reform) has similar success statistics, in contrast to our revolving-door prison system.
Years of investigative reporting reveal abuses in the psychiatric industry are conspicuous and rampant. It is no secret that Hubbard spoke out against such atrocities. A person's chances of dying while under psychiatric detention in a mental institution are 15 times greater than being killed in battle.
The intentions of Scientologists and the religion's founder were stated in 1969 and have been borne out many times over. They include the creation of a safe environment by protesting the use of hypnotism, violent treatment and illegal seizure of people and conducting activities as good citizens working in the interest of the country. In short, Scientologists decry human rights violations and do what they can to change such conditions.
Director, Community Affairs
Church of Scientology of Missouri