I have just arrived home from a premiere screening put on by the Cult of Scientology. One of their many arms to be precise, known as the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The CCHR is the arm of the Cult that attacks Psychiatry, spreading misinformation and blatant lies about the profession in an attempt to lower peoples connections to reality and soften them up for when the Cult of Scientology comes along with their Dianetics books, though they do not pimp the books directly themselves.
Tonight the CCHR were having a premiere screening of a new DVD they were releasing titled “The Marketing of Madness”. They had posted an invitation to an email distribution group concentrating on health, and from this location a friend who subscribes to this list forwarded it on to me. I tried to get some others to join me, but they were smarter than I was and never showed up. 🙂
After walking in I signed up, handing over some of my details. I was of two minds about this, on one hand I don’t want them visiting / harassing me, on the other hand I’d be interested to see what else they mail out. Unfortunately I don’t have a P.O. Box so I had to give them my real address if I wanted to receive any marketing material. They then handed me a copy of the DVD (shown left), and pointed me to some round tables where people were seated, each one had numerous brochures (shown right) which I took a copy of and will be scanning in tomorrow after I’ve had some sleep.
The CCHR did a quick intro, then played one chapter, had a discussion about it, another chapter, discussion. It took a whole 5 seconds of the first chapter for me to be facepalming at the stupidity of it. What was said in the “movie” was so blatantly stupid and false it was as though they weren’t even trying to be legit. How anybody could fall for this crap is beyond me.
I got the impression I was the only non-CCHR person there. I was scanning the room every so often trying to pick who was/wasn’t going by who they knew and were talking to, every time I thought I spotted someone who seemed to not know the clear organisers, within 5 minutes they’d be called by name and respond by name.
They said some seriously stupid stuff in the movie, one example being that medicine is performed by actual measurable/observable differences in the body such as germs, but with psychology it’s things that cannot be measured or observed. Made constant claims that chemical imbalances were just a guess that could not in any way shape or form be verified. They’d stop at the end of that chapter, ask questions and people would pipe up repeating word for word what they had just watched, acting all proud of themselves. It was like observing a 3rd grade class.
I left early, though it had already been going for 2 hours. Couldn’t stand the stupidity much longer and I didn’t want to have to wait for the last bus home.
The stupidity in the room tonight burned so hot we just needed a few water tanks and some batteries, we could have generated enough electricity to run the entire country for a year.