Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!!a2i!!a2i!genmagic!!swrinde!!!!!!uunet!!!peegee Thu Oct 26 10:31:28 1995 Path: braintree!!!!a2i!!a2i!genmagic!!swrinde!!!!!!uunet!!!peegee From: (Merchant of Chaos) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: CAN CONFERENCE--- correction Date: 25 Oct 1995 04:56:15 GMT Organization: LI Net (Long Island Network) Lines: 78 Message-ID: <46kg1f$> NNTP-Posting-Host: X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL2] In a previous post about the CAN Conference, I listed the wrong date for two of the speeches. The speech on influence techniques and society, by Margaret Singer and Paul Martin, will be on November 4, not the 5th, and the speech about Scientology and the Internet, by Daniel Leipold, will also be on November 4, not the 5th. The following repost contains the corrected information: CAN National Conference - 1995 1995 CAN Conference in New York The New York / New Jersey chapter of the Cult Awareness Network is the host affiliate for the 1995 CAN National Conference. The conference is set for November 3, 4 and 5 in White Plains, New York. The theme is "Cults: Degrees of Danger." Within the last 12 months the topic of cults has increasingly caught the public's attention. In late 1994 at least 55 people involved with the Order of the Solar Temple in Canada and Europe died. Since March of this year the Aum Supreme Truth has made international headlines for the acts of terrorism and violence which authorities now believe the group planned and carried out. Japanese police believe Aum was responsible for subway gas attacks which could have killed thousands of people. The group is known to have followers in the United States and Russia as well. In July the U.S. House of Representatives held hearings on the Waco tragedy in which an estimated 85 Branch Davidians who were followers of David Koresh died in the fire that burned their headquarters to the ground following a 51-day siege by government authorities. This year's conference speakers will explore the phenomenon of cults in society and the types of harm they can cause. The conference will open with keynote speakers Floyd Cochran and psychiatrist Louis J. West. Cochran was a spokesman, recruiter and strategist for the White Aryan Nations. Dr. West is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and human rights. On November 4 psychologists Margaret Singer and Paul Martin will discuss influence techniques in society and their potential for harm. Additionally on November 4, Daniel L. Leipold of Hagenbaugh & Murphey will speak on the legal issues involving Scientology and the Internet. Well-known author Peter McWilliams is also a featured speaker. McWilliams' newest book, "Life 102: what to Do When Your Guru Sues You," is now available. A number of workshops will cover topics of interest to both those directly affected by cults and those who have concerns about the dangers cults pose to society at large. Workshop topics will include increasing public awareness of the cult problem, legal issues posed by cults (such as freedom of speech issues on the Internet and issues concerning crime and violence,) new research concerning the cult issues, special problems faced by children in cults, and family issues raised by cults. There will be special workshops of interest to former members offered as part of CAN's program by FOCUS, its network for former members. Spiritual concerns and post- cult recovery issues will be covered. Conference brochures with complete details about the upcoming conference are available by contacting CAN at: 2421 W. Pratt Blvd. Suite 1173 Chicago, IL 60645 312-267-7777 CAN has a web page at The CULT AWARENESS NETWORK is a national, tax-exempt non-profit educational organization, dedicated to promoting public awareness of the harmful effects of mind control. CAN confines its concerns to unethical or illegal practices and does not judge doctrine or belief. P.S. A new program has been added to the conference schedule...a one-hour discussion group about cults and the internet.


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