Skeptic News: Holocaust wasn’t Nazis… it was psychiatrists

From: The Sun

At the weekend members flocked from all over the planet to the home of UK Scientology — the middle-England commuter town of East Grinstead — for the annual address by its leader David Miscavige.

There they heard the bizarre declarations of Miscavige — including his insistence that the Holocaust was started not by Nazis but by SHRINKS. For two hours, Miscavige bangs on about the evils of psychiatry, claiming it is out to drug our kids for money. He declares: “Psychiatry has no scientific grounding. “Taking their drugs is like playing Russian roulette.” He insists that Scientology is out to “de-rail an upside-down Utopia where human sheep quietly graze in a biomedically fertilised meadow”. He even hands out medals to sect members he claims have helped to imprison corrupt psychiatrists.

Miscavige then tells us the horrors of the Holocaust “did not begin with a Nazi declaration of war”. He says: “The bureaucracy, the methodology, even the ideology for mass murder, sprang fully-armed from the forehead of German psychiatry.”

He goes on to claim that psychiatric euthanasia centres had already claimed 70,000 lives by 1939.

“And that was not the Holocaust,” he adds, smugly. “That was just the dress rehearsal.”

Scientology and psychiatry have come into conflict since the founding of Scientology in 1952. Scientology is publicly, and often vehemently, opposed to both psychiatry and psychology. Scientologists view psychiatry as a barbaric and corrupt profession and encourage alternative care based on spiritual healing. According to the Church of Scientology, psychiatry has a long history of improper and abusive care. The group’s views have been disputed, criticized and condemned by experts in the medical and scientific community and been a source of public controversy.

L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder, was critical of psychiatry.  Referring to psychiatrists as “psychs”, Hubbard regarded psychiatrists as denying human spirituality and peddling fake cures. He was also convinced that psychiatrists were themselves deeply unethical individuals, committing “extortion, mayhem and murder. Our files are full of evidence on them.”

Perhaps Scientology’s dislike of psychiatry and psychology is because these disciplines are best placed to debunk the nonsense that is dianetics?

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