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< : And be sure to look at our entry on [[Scientology]] at the High Weirdness Project.
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If you're through laughing at the official Scientology Web site, get a load of this one: the home page of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, one of the organization's most infamous front groups. This group (abbreviated as CCHR) was created to wage endless war against the professions of psychiatry and psychology, because Scientology sees these fields as competition and (more importantly) enemies. Now, psychology and psychiatry are very inexact sciences and there is much about them that can be criticized, but the obsessive way in which Scientology attacks them are nothing short of ludicrous. (Hubbard always referred to the two fields of mental health side by side as "psychiatry and psychology" – apparently he was never willing to admit there's a difference between the two.)
The CCHR give free reign to L. Ron Hubbard's obsessive hatred of psychiatry. Hubbard honestly believed that a conspiracy of psychologists and psychiatrists has been responsible for every human malady and injustice ever committed, and the CCHR is the best look into his mind that you could hope for. The Web site begins with this announcement: The following documented information is a no-holds-barred and, at times, sickening exposé of the single, most destructive influence in the world today. According to CCHR, psychiatry and psychology (collectively termed "psychs") are the cause of ALL – I repeat, ALL – evil in the world today. World War II? The psychs started it. The Holocaust? The psychs did it. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks? The psychs, of course. Rampant worldwide drug abuse? Psychs.
The twisted, maniacally hate-ridden ranting of Scientology is revealed when you look at the CCHR's publications, with titles that absolutely must be seen to be believed:
Does this sound like an unbiased, accurate portrayal of the psychiatric profession?
What kind of information do you think you may get if you ask Scientology for information about psychiatric medications such as Ritalin?
Actually, CCHR has waged some high-profile campaigns against big pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, spending millions of dollars over the years to take out full page ads in USA Today and other publications. If a big media story involving a drug-related death shows up – especially one involving psychiatric medications – it's a certainty that CCHR will show up to denounce the psychs as the ruthless, soulless murderers they are. CCHR is responsible for creating the legal tactic known as the "Prozac Defense," which several convicted killers have tried to use: when they committed their crimes, they were under the influence of "psych drugs." Unfortunately, there has never been a court case in which the defendant actually was acquitted by use of the Prozac Defense.
In other words, this stuff is even funnier than the official Scientology crap. A well-deserved place in any list of kooks belongs to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights!