This is a post from Mike Westen at his blog. He sent it to me and I thought it was a great piece so I am reprinting it here.
A recently leaked church document highlights Scientology’s hypocrisy with regards its anti-psychiatry activism.
On Saturday, Tony Ortega published a 1993 investment summary listing the church’s assets in bonds, equities and cash. Amongst the numerous shares listed were two pharmaceutical companies: Ciba Geigy and Pfizer.
As of 1993, Ciba Geigy was the Swiss manufacturer of the stimulant drug Ritalin (methylphenidate) and the antipsychotic Clozaril (clozapine). Ciba Geigy eventually became Novartis after merging with Sandoz in 1996. As of 2020, Novartis is the fourth largest pharmaceutical company on the planet.
As of 1993, US drug giant Pfizer was known as the manufacturer of Xanax (alprazolam) and the antidepressants Zoloft (sertraline) and Effexor (venlafaxine). As of 2020, Pfizer is the sixth largest pharmaceutical company on the planet.
In July 1994, during an event at Flag, David Miscavige gleefully announced to his crowd that the church was the welcome recipient of cash from Prozac manufacturer, Eli Lilly.
Four years after hiring PR firm Hill+Knowlton to help improve its profile, Time magazine published Richard Behar’s game-changing 1991 exposé, The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power. Two days later, the church was dropped as a client and was up shit creek without a paddle. Upon learning Eli Lilly was also H+K’s client, and that Lilly had pressured H+K and its parent WPP to drop them, the church sued – and initiated one of the most aggressive retaliatory PR campaigns in its history.
The suit was eventually settled. And the church’s fair game onslaught against Lilly ceased. Yet whilst the terms were confidential, Miscavige wasted no time in boasting about being paid off by a drug giant.
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Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, scientologists rallied against psychiatric drugs and their makers. At a time when some of the more sinister side effects were less known, church members marched on Capitol Hill whilst celebrities such as Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston testified at various hearings, pleading with lawmakers to curb their use.
To this day, CCHR provides material highlighting the dangers of Ritalin, Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft and numerous other psychiatric medications. Scientologists remain under constant pressure to donate heavily to church campaigns promising to end psychiatry and Big Pharma’s conspiratorial reign of terror.
If nothing else, this is what scientologists stand for.
The idea that their church has celebrated taking drug money and had a financial interest in their proliferation, will be a bitter pill to swallow.
And I also add, the largest contributors to scientology coffers in history, the Duggan’s billions come from selling his company (Pharmacyclics) to AbbVie, one of the Biggest Pharma companies on earth.