War of words over cult cash, By Pavel Barter, The Sunday Times, January 14, 2018

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The Sunday Times asks the question has Dialogue Ireland been defamed in Dan Brown’s New book, “Origin?” This article spells out the issues involved.

 

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A character in Origin discovers “a shocking trove of private documents that outlined a brutal war that had been waged against the Palmarian Church for over a decade”. This war “apparently included lawsuits, threats bordering on blackmail, and huge donations to anti-Palmarian watchdog groups like Palmar de Troya Support and Dialogue Ireland.”

“In 2015, Brown told the Web Summit Conference in Dublin of his desire to set a book in Ireland.”  It seems that Brown has decided to base his defamation of a Charity working to assist those who have been seriously affected by the Palmarians in Ireland. He makes the Palmarians the victims and Dialogue Ireland the aggressor. We have received no funding from anyone to work against the Palmarians and definitely have had no legal battle against them and did not use blackmail. Though it is quite appropriate to write fiction, it is another thing to claim your research is accurate and you can’t defame a charity. We wrote to Dan Brown and he promised to reply when I phoned their New York office. Now we are pretty clear where we need to go with this.

Please read the PDF of the article here:  War of words over cult cash

 

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Liam Fay gives a very objective assaessment of the Narconon cure.

Scientology drug addiction ‘cure’ is wishful thinking

Dialogue Ireland: ~ “This is not a secular programme as claimed by the Scientologists but another form of their ideological brainwashing techniques.”

The benefits of science and medicine are obvious, but half-truths are still flourishing

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“The lure of the quick fix is the essence of drug addiction. Instant gratification and speedy release from the rigours of grey, sober reality are central to the thrill of getting high. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that many substance abusers who want to kick their habits are particularly susceptible to the myth of the miracle cure, the easy way out.

Narconon, a “drug detox programme” linked to the Church of Scientology, appears to offer the rehab equivalent of a quick fix. Sauna sessions and vitamin pills are key features of a promised shortcut to recovery that sounds remarkably stress-free and painless. Advocates for the programme claim that it has a success rate of 75 per cent, almost 50 per cent greater than conventional rehab options.

When a commercial proposition seems too good to be true it usually is. There is no verifiable evidence that the Narconon programme is an effective treatment for drug addicts but there is considerable evidence to suggest that some of the techniques involved are dangerous.

Scientology and its self-styled role as a healthcare provider are in the news because of mounting protests among residents of Ballivor, Co Meath, over plans to open a Narconon centre in the village. A redeveloped building, on the site of an old national school, was purchased by the Narconon Trust last year. The rehab facility is scheduled to open in May.

Locals are understandably alarmed by the prospect of a Scientology-linked operation setting up shop in their midst. Ballivor has a population of about 1,700. Scientology is a wealthy, powerful and, to put it mildly, controversial organisation.

The Church of Scientology was founded in the 1950s by L Ron Hubbard, a Nebraskan pulp-fiction writer who regarded himself as a scientific pioneer. All religions make supernatural claims, most of which are self-evidently absurd, and there is a distinct whiff of hypocrisy about much of the derision aimed at Hubbard’s teachings by adherents to other faiths. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the so-called “cosmology” of Scientology was heavily influenced by its founder’s infatuation with cornball sci-fi.

Hubbard taught his followers that humans contain “a thetan” — an immortal being from a distant planet. After creating the universe, thetans accidentally became trapped in earthbound physical bodies. Thankfully, through a series of “audits” and other services available from Scientology Inc, we can restore the eternal, omnipotent powers of the thetan within. All you have to do is pay through the nose, and keep paying. Scientology presents itself as a technology for living, a step-by-step scientific process that will help you overcome your limitations and realise your potential for greatness.

The methods deployed by Narconon are based on the Purification Rundown (also known as Purif), a programme invented by Hubbard to eliminate body toxins that form “a biochemical barrier to spiritual wellbeing”. Its techniques include sweating in a sauna for up to eight hours a day, an intensive exercise regime and the ingestion of enormous quantities of vitamin supplements for several weeks.

The megadoses of vitamins, especially niacin, are the programme’s most contentious feature. In large quantities, niacin can cause liver damage but it will also stimulate the skin to flush and create a tingling sensation. Scientologists say these symptoms are evidence of toxins being purged from the body.

The programme is big business. Based in Hollywood, Narconon operates several dozen residential centres, chiefly in the US. There are, as yet, no indications of a price list for a stay at the Ballivor facility but we know it won’t be cheap. In the US the Purif programme costs more than $5,000 and Narconon treatment costs considerably more.

One of the chief sources of anger among the inhabitants of Ballivor and its environs is the lack of public consultation. Locals say they knew nothing about plans to turn the former school into a Narconon outlet until October when word leaked out about the identity of the new owners.

There is also widespread dismay at the discovery that Ireland has no legislation governing the regulation of private addiction treatment centres. The Department of Health says that the Narconon programme has “limited or no basis” in the science of human physiology. Yet like any other enterprise of its kind the Ballivor centre will be free to operate without supervision from the authorities.

Protesters in Ballivor have pledged to step up their campaign in the coming weeks. However, there are wider issues here for the rest of us. The proposed Narconon facility in the Meath village is just the latest development in what appears to be a significant expansion by the Irish branch of Scientology.

Last year, the organisation opened a plush new facility at Firhouse, southwest Dublin, which includes a 1,100-seat auditorium. In 2016 it established a “national affairs office” at Merrion Square in the city centre, the first such office outside the US.

Scientology bosses are clearly convinced that there is a growing market in this country for their doctrines and the therapies that come with them. It’s an assessment that seems well-founded.

We are living in strange times. This is an era in which the benefits of mainstream science and medicine have never been more obvious. Yet it’s also an era of growing resistance to scientific principles and disdain for scientists. The blurring of the distinction between news and conspiracy theory, fact and assertion, has fostered an environment in which all manner of charlatanism, half-truths and bogus science can flourish as never before.

We might like to think we live in a rational age. In truth, however, the myth of the miracle cure still endures.”

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Councillors to challenge Ballivor Narconon/ Scientology Organisation planning declaration.

Councillors to challenge Ballivor planning declaration

Story by Noelle Finegan

Friday, 19th January, 2018

Councillors to challenge Ballivor planning declaration

                                          Protestors outside the council offices in Trim today

Trim councillors are to challenge Meath County Council’s declaration that the development of a drug rehabilitation centre on the former national school site in Ballivor would not need a new planning permission.

At a Trim Municipal District meeting today, councillors collectively agreed to make a what is known as a section five reference regarding the council’s opinion that a change of use was not required by the Narconon Trust for the development of a drug rehab centre. The existing planning permission for a nursing home on the site was granted in 2014.

Director of Services Des Foley said it was open to councillors or any group or individual to make a section five reference to dispute this opinion and at the meeting councillors agreed to do this. He said Bord Pleanala are the final arbitrators on whether planning permission is needed or not.

Standing orders were suspended at the meeting to discuss the controversial plans by the Narconon Trust, which is linked to Church of Scientology,  and questions were raised about why the declaration was not on the planning file and why it only emerged this week that the council had made the declaration in October 2016.

Cllr Noel French expressed his outrage that councillors had stood up at a public meeting and said the council knew nothing about Narconon or Scientology in relation to the site in December and asked why it had taken so long to find this information out.

“It is a kick in the teeth for the people of Ballivor and a kick on the head for the councillors,” he said.

“We the group Ballivor Says No, had hoped to challenge a change of use for the building, but this revelation removes that opportunity.”

Cllr French they had been left with “egg on their face” and that the council should apologise.

Cllr Caroline Lynch said they had a duty of care to vulnerable people with addictions to not let them be exploited, and said it was “scandalous” that there are no national standards or regulations in relation to addiction. She argued that medical addiction services is a material change in planning from a nursing home.

Cllr Trevor Golden said as councillors they should look at putting forward a motion to change the zoning and put in a framework plan to decide what is appropriate for the site.

Cllr Enda Flynn said it was difficult to understand how a group can look after people with addictions without being monitored when there are such stringent regulations for other bodies.

Cllr Joe Fox said they were where they were regarding planning and needed to move forward and they could do so by invoking section five and challenging the council’s opinion to an Bord Pleanala.

Director of Services Des Foley told the meeting that Narconon did not make an application for planning permission and the planning permission on the site is for a nursing home which was granted in December 2014. He said since planning was granted, the council had received a request from the Narconon Trust to make a declaration and give an opinion on whether or not a new planning permission was needed and based on the information received, it responded that in its opinion, the change of use as described didn’t require further planning permission.

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Preacher in religious sect assaulted boy

A travelling preacher in a religious sect has been jailed for a year for indecently assaulting and attempting to indecently assault a young boy, who was also a member of that sect, in the 1970s.

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The court was told Robert Noel Tanner, aged 74, Hillcrest, Crush, Glanmire, Co Cork, had assaulted the boy while he was staying at the home of the victim’s parents in the 1970s.

In sentencing the pensioner, Judge Stephen Fowler said it was a “gross breach of trust, not to mention the hypocrisy of preaching to the sect and child by doing this behind their back”.

The parents were also members of the sect and the preacher was in his early 30s when the offences occurred and the boy was in his early teens. It was customary for a preacher to stay in the homes of other members of the sect, the court heard.

At Dungannon Crown Court, the defendant, who has Parkinson’s disease, admitted both charges for the offences, which happened on dates between December 31, 1973, and January 2, 1975.

The court heard the defendant had asked the boy “at what stage does the seed start coming”.

The boy thought the preacher was referring to a religious term.

However, the defendant then touched the boy’s private parts and masturbated him.

He then told his victim not to tell anyone and he tried to abuse the boy again, when the latter was lying on the bed and reading a child’s encyclopaedia, but he was unable to do so, as the boy lay face down on the bed and the defendant was unable to turn him over.

Judge Fowler said the defendant later tried to say the boy had been reading pornography.

He wrote to the parents of the boy 10 years ago, admitting his guilt and he apologised for his actions.

Judge Fowler said it was clear the victim had suffered significantly and continued to suffer significant psychological effects.

The judge said the defendant had previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland, but his early plea had saved the victim the ordeal of giving evidence before a jury.

Judge Fowler said Tanner’s remorse was genuine and not born out of self-pity and he noted his age and his Parkinson’s disease.

In addition to a year’s jail sentence, Tanner was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and was not allowed to be near children or vulnerable adults for a period of a year.

Pensioner jailed for year for indecently assaulting young sect member in 1970s

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Why the Truth, “2X2″‘s, NO NAME ??? can’t deliver on Child Protection

We have for some years been covering the issues related to the 2X2’s whose member Robert Noel Tanner a so called “Worker,” leader, pleaded guilty to a series of sexual assault crimes which took part in the 1970’s.

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Senior members of Church of Scientology move into Co Kildare country home

Sect’s drug rehab spin out Narconon setting up 15 – bed centre in nearby Ballivor, Co Meath

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In he tiny village of Robertstown in Co Kildare population 669 is where the most senior figures in lrish Scientology are based according to company filings. Documents for the company behind the Scientologists’ enormous and expensive new community centre in Firhouse show that three of the four directors appointed in the last two weeks are living in a modern ten bedroom house called Mylerstown House in Robertstown. Continue reading

The Scientology Organisation, (S.O.) is using a PR company called ccipr here in Ireland

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The Scientology Organisation generally runs its own semi military intelligence /PR Department called OSA. This is the Office of Special Affairs. It is strange but not surprising as Scientology is run more as an intelligence agency rather than a church.
We have already received news that this PR company is already very active in getting Scientology a better name in this State. Because the Scientologists are obsessed in being described as a church I am sure that will be one of their goals here to be recognised as such.

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Their presence in Merrion Square shows that they are pointed towards trying to influence government. Also the drugs issue is extremely important and the news that they have already spoken with a Fine Gael backbencher Colm Brophy.
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