Open Minds Review Board Member Dr. Nick Child has published an insightful article on his blog, the Alienation Experience, about the courts recognizing abusive, coercive situations in the cases of high-control groups such as Scientology and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
This particular post hits home for our managing editor and founder, Jon Atack, as he was the consultant for Russel Miller’s Bare-Faced Messiah, and also helped in the Latey case, both of which are mentioned in Nick’s post. For more information on Scientology, check out Jon’s book, Scientology: The Cult of Greed.
Nick’s articles are always thought-provoking, and this one is no exception. Although his focus is on controlling family relationships, instead of coercive groups, he makes it clear that the controlling mechanisms – and the controlling personality pulling the strings – are the same across the board.
You can read Nick’s full article here.