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Sharron Angle and the facts on the alleged scientology program

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This article is also posted at my sister blog: http://www.moveonreid.blogspot.com/.

The liberals at Huffing and Puffington Post are floating this story on Sharron Angle and Scientology (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/10/sharron-angle-scientology_n_607690.html), and implying that Sharron is a Scientologist herself or has some weird connection to it.

The fact is that Sharron is a Christian, not only which I know from personal experience (and I’ve known her for 15 years), but which was also reported in depth in the following article: http://www.lvrj.com/news/gop-senate-hopeful-sharron-angle-is-counting-on-conservative-credentials-88756137.html.

This “controversy” surrounds the Second Chance program, a program for helping incarcerated substance abusers. The facts on it can be found at: http://www.articlealley.com/article_131655_18.html.

The Second Chance Program was a success in New Mexico in 2007.  “For the first time, we’re actually diverting serious substance abusers from jails and prisons into a facility that gives them what they need to turn their lives around,” [said] [Joy] Westrum (President of the Second Chance Program). “Since the cost is equal to or less than what the state would spend to house the inmates, everyone wins. With the low recidivism rate, taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill for future incarcerations, and the prisoners have been trained and empowered to lead successful and rewarding lives.”

Notice that the article mentions now deceased L. Ron Hubbard as follows, “The protocol utilized in the Second Chance Program is based on discoveries by L. Ron Hubbard in the fields of drug and criminal rehabilitation.” Scientology is not part of the program nor is it mentioned, but it is a cutting edge program that works.

It is a fact that Angle did not promote the Second Chance program in 2003 – only the option to explore its potential. The trip she took was a privately funded, and took place on a non-legislative working day. Legislators were invited to come on a voluntary basis, as reported in the Reno Gazette Journal in February 2003.

She did not propose legislation. No, Huffing and Puffington Post, she did not “propose a bill which was defeated”. The facts on the supposed legislation are at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/72nd/BDRList/fullBDR.cfm. Click on the link and look at the 2003 legislative session. You will find that there was never a bill requested by Angle for any prison drug rehab program, there was never any appropriation requested by Angle.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if political discourse could be based in reality, truth, policy, and ideas, instead of fabricated allegations?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if liberal journalist at media outlets like The Huffington Post checked their facts before they published them?

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Written by moveonreid

June 11, 2010 at 3:53 am

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  1. Scientology does not have a single program that isn’t about recruitment. Before you dismiss it as a harmless secular program, you should do your research. It’s every bit about recruiting people into $cientology, per policies laid out by L. Ron Hubbard.

    Saying it works and providing an article that says “it works” whose source is the Second Chance program itself, who claims a 90% reduction in recidivism, is pretty weak given $cientology related entities penchant for making up numbers.

    Their program includes a sauna regimen called “The Purification rundown” that includes taking vast quantities of Niacin and sitting in a sauna. Scientology maintains their tax exemption on the religion side of the house (and avoids scrutiny from the FDA for false medical claims) by claiming the Purification Rundown is a religious practice. On the Narconon, Second Chance side of the house, they claim it’s “secular”… They get to have their cake and eat it, too.

    Second Chance is called “Narconon” in some states, and much research has been done into its wild claims of success and lack of evidence. See: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/studies.htm

    Although you are likely right in the rest of what you say, your comments describing the effectiveness and secular nature of the program are decidedly wrong.

    Ray Randolph

    June 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    • Ray,

      Is Tom Cruise recruiting you for scientology when you go watch one of his movies and enjoy it? Just because the developers were scientologists doesn’t mean the program is about recruiting people into scientology. Scientologists also believe that teachers and administrators shouldn’t have the authority to put your child on Ritalin. Do you agree with this position? Does that mean you agree with scientology? That is the connection Sharron Angle’s opponents are trying to make and it’s unfair and ridiculous.

      Jeanette

      moveonreid

      June 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

  2. Second chance in NM was anything but a success. After losing money, letting prisoners escape, rooming violent convicts with GP, mixing male and female prisoners, lying about their stats, and not paying bills, they were evicted by the city. they left owing hundreds of thousands, stole everything down to the appliances, and fled the state.

    As to their successes, the Washington Post followed up and concluded that their attrition rate was worse than no program at all, with a majority of their ‘successful’ graduates back in prison or drugs.

    that’s a strange sort of “success.”

    Jennifer E.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:51 am

    • Jennifer,

      Please cite your sources. That is all hearsay unless you tell me exactly where you are getting your information.

      Jeanette

      moveonreid

      June 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

  3. Thank you for this data and clarification.

    As for the usual yip-yap about Scientology, it brings to mind that Sufi saying: “When a pick-pocket meets a holy man, all he will see of the holy man are his pockets”. The same old yip-yap. You can listen to it until it all sounds the same; or skip it and find out the truth about Scientology for yourself at http://www.scientology.org.

    Timothy Baxter

    June 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

  4. Uh, WHAT discoveries? Where can I read about the great scientific discoveries of L. Ron Hubbard? With all of the stuff he published, you would think they would be published too, and available for scientific review and testing. But we shouldn’t be surprised. Everything L. Ron Hubbard did was tainted by fraud.

    Chuck

    June 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

  5. Chuck, although clearly I’m wasting my time, I refer you to my earlier post–the one you are responding to.

    Timothy Baxter

    June 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm


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