As we look forward to a new year, we at the Lisa McPherson Trust are thankful
for what we were able to accomplish in 2000, our first year of existence:
1. We have continued to expose the abusive and deceptive practices of
Scientology to a large and growing audience throughout the world.
2. We have helped many hundreds of people who have been victimized by
3. We continue to keep Lisa McPherson's memory alive as an example of the
callous brutality and evil that Scientology tries to hide.
4. We are the conscience that Scientology is incapable of having. Our mere
presence in Clearwater lets the organization's spiteful, hateful and bigoted
behavior exemplify the true nature of Scientology.
5. We have made it clear to many people that Scientology is an aspiring
totalitarian, political movement that must be stopped.
6. We have joined and expanded the information war against Scientology on the
Internet, so that no one with access to the Internet can remain uninformed
about the core beliefs of Scientology and of L. Ron Hubbard's disdain of both
the individual and society's moral codes.
7. We have helped put Scientology into a defensive posture that is totally
anathema to their tattered philosophy. The Lisa McPherson Trust and thousands
of others on the Internet are now wagging the Scientology dog!
8. We will continue in our second year, to accomplish the mission statement
set forth below by the Board of Directors of the Lisa McPherson Trust:
The mission of The Lisa McPherson Trust is to expose the abusive and
deceptive practices of the Church of Scientology and to help those who have
been victimized by it.
To accomplish our mission, we will demystify and thereby make transparent the
coercive processes and practices of the Church of Scientology. In this way,
informed consumers can make an educated decision about whether Scientology
can meet their psychological or spiritual needs.
We will expose the Church of Scientology's abuse of the human, civil and
privacy rights of its members and critics. We will reveal its deceptive
advertising practices that border on consumer fraud. We will bring to light
those "religious practices" that violate civil or criminal law. At the same
time, we will respect the right of all Scientologists to embrace any
religious belief they may choose.
We will assist Scientologists in recovering from their unique personal
experience with the abusive and deceptive practices of the Church of
Scientology. We will offer counsel to Scientologists who choose to hear the
truth about how the Church of Scientology uses deceptive mind control
techniques. Our dedicated staff will provide the information, love and
support to Scientologists that will enable them to release the bonds of cult
Finally, all of the people involved in the Lisa McPherson Trust will respect
the dignity and innate human goodness of all current, former and recovering
The Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and staff of the Lisa McPherson
Trust include a number of former Scientologists who have had firsthand
experience with the Church of Scientology's abuse, and they are all in some
way still recovering from it. They are decent, caring and compassionate human
beings who have chosen to help others that have made similar uninformed
decisions about the Church of Scientology. Moreover, they are willing and
able to share their innermost personal experiences in the Sea Organization or
as public Scientologists in order to educate and immunize others against the
abuses and deceptions of the Church of Scientology.
The Church of Scientology draws its members from a broad cross-section of
society, and, like other destructive cults, uses a sophisticated combination
of deceptive recruiting methods, false promises, hypnosis, behavior
modification, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, information control,
phobia indoctrination and other mind control techniques to entice and control
its members. There is no shame in having been seduced into a group like the
Church of Scientology. Likewise, there need be no reluctance to leave after
discovering that the organization is not capable of delivering on its promise
of a "Road to Total Freedom."
Real freedom begins and ends with the never-ending quest of the human spirit
to be free. This perpetual quest is the single most important factor that
keeps mind control from being irreversible. During 2000, organized
Scientology's has abandoned its claim of eight million members and
acknowledged that there are at most 45,000 active members of the Church of
Scientology in the United States today. What is clear is that the vast
majority of people who have tried the Church of Scientology reject it,
because the organization is incapable of delivering on its promises.
The Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and staff of the Lisa McPherson
Trust will do our part to see that the human spirit of all Scientologists
will always have a pathway to real freedom.
The Reform of the Church of Scientology
The Lisa McPherson Trust started operations in Clearwater, Florida on January
6, 2000. It was formed after decades of exhaustive investigation by media and
government agencies as well as firsthand accounts from hundreds of former
Scientologists. For more than twenty-five years there have been outcries that
the Church of Scientology abandon its abusive and deceptive practices. But
until now, there has been no formal organization committed to stopping these
abuses. The Lisa McPherson Trust was established for that purpose, and we
continue to demand that the Church of Scientology make the following reforms:
--Tell their members and the public the truth about the life of Scientology
founder L. Ron Hubbard.
--Tell their members and the public the truth about the history of Dianetics
--Cease all illegal, unethical and harassing activities against their own
members and those who criticize or disagree with Scientology.
--Revoke the policies and practices that violate the civil and human rights
of Scientologists and those who criticize or disagree with Scientology.
--Revoke the policy of practicing medicine without a license and preventing
people from receiving proper medical treatment.
--Stop using and abusing the legal system as a means of harassment.
--Stop keeping the technology of Scientology secret if it truly has the power
to help the human race.
--Encourage Scientologists to speak freely among themselves. Urge them to
communicate with family and friends, even those who may disagree with
Scientology. End the practice of "disconnection."
--Revoke the policy and practice of using private and personal material from
confidential counseling sessions to blackmail, harass and intimidate.
--Stop using duress to extract exorbitant sums of money from their members.
The Lisa McPherson Trust firmly believes in religious freedom for all. But we
do not believe that anyone has the right to engage in behavior that violates
other people's rights or the laws of the land. Scientologists have every
right to participate in the world's religious community in practicing their
sincerely held religious beliefs. However, Scientology needs to cease its
abusive and deceptive practices.
We at the Lisa McPherson Trust look forward to assisting many more victims of
Scientology all over the world in the coming year, despite the ever more
desperate efforts of Scientology to keep us from doing so. The more we can
help people find the courage to speak out publicly about their appalling
experiences at the hands of Scientology, the closer we will come to ending
the abuse and deception of this organization.
With courage and God's help, 2001 will truly be a year to remember in
resolving the Scientology problem.
for and on behalf of
The Lisa McPherson Trust