Scientology

Freedom of Mind Resource Center: 2017, A Year in Review

By | 2017-12-26T01:25:22+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Freedom of Mind Resource Center: 2017, A Year in Review Hi, Steve Hassan, founder of Freedom of Mind Resource Center, here. I wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday and a very good new year.  It's been awhile since I blogged because of my doctoral work at Fielding Graduate University.  I just [...]

Harvey Weinstein: Like Cult Leaders, He Abused People Using Power, Money and Sex

By | 2017-10-17T15:26:02+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony 2014 Sexual Assault by Men Abusing Power I am heartened by all of the women coming forward, sharing the grizzly details of sexual assault against them by Harvey Weinstein. With hindsight, this unwelcomed harassment was happening for decades, and many were too afraid or paralyzed by fear [...]

Is Justin Bieber in a Cult?

By | 2017-07-29T07:47:44+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few days ago, there was an announcement that Justin Bieber abruptly canceled a large portion of his "Purpose" tour dates. Now we hear it might be because of his involvement with Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church in Montclair. Several articles have been posted that allege that the founder of Hillsong Church had molested at least [...]

Opioid Epidemic–Narconon: Scientology is Not a Treatment

By | 2017-07-13T11:29:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The opioid epidemic in the United States is claiming more lives than ever. Recent data estimates that 59,000 Americans died from drug-related causes in 2016. And, the estimate for 2017 is even higher. Much of this can be attributed to opioid addiction which often starts with dependency on prescribed painkillers that leads to abuse and illegal [...]

Ex-Members Supporting One Another is a Good Thing!

By | 2017-06-15T17:35:02+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was going to New York City to tape an interview for a one hour documentary on Heaven’s Gate and reached out to see if I could finally meet Todd Kadish, an attorney who is an ex-modern Orthodox Jew. Todd and I had had several very interesting phone calls and I really wanted to meet him [...]

Old Cult Objects: What to Do with Them?

By | 2017-06-06T13:16:35+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scientology E-Meter Here is an exercise for recovering ex-members: Look around your home.  How many objects remind you of your former cult?  Do you still have cult clothing, books, music, or art?  How does having these objects affect you? I recently worked with a woman who had been out of a Korean cult for 7 years.  She [...]

Undue Influence, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and Current Events

By | 2018-01-11T20:25:14+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hulu has created a television series based on Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is highly recommended viewing*. Last year, Hulu produced The Path and I was interviewed by Vanity Fair for my perspective. This time, I am blogging about The Handmaid’s Tale as I believe this is a very upsetting but well made [...]

Parental Alienation Harms Children by Using Undue Influence

By | 2017-05-07T08:05:49+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This past week, a very important legal custody case was decided which involves Infowars’ Alex Jones and his ex-wife Kelly. Kelly Jones was able to successfully show that her children had been turned against her and unduly influenced by Alex Jones. The judge awarded her the power to decide where her children will live from now [...]

Asperger’s/Autism and Undue Influence

By | 2017-03-21T10:40:32+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Artwork (used with permission) by Benyamin Wurmfeld, a member of the AANE Artists Collaborative Twenty-three years ago, a family asked me for help with a young woman who was being recruited into Kip McKean's shepherding/discipleship group called the Boston Church of Christ*.  This case was particularly interesting because the young woman I was told had Asperger's [...]

Effective Healing Takes Hard Work

By | 2017-03-21T10:42:34+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  I’ve written before about why ex-members need to heal themselves before helping others. Even if they’re not interested in becoming a vocal activist against destructive cults, there are plenty of good reasons to learn about undue influence and work on personal recovery.  It still amazes me to encounter incredible ex-member activists who have not [...]