Neil Bush, the brother of President George W. Bush, and Lisa Marie Presley both worked the nation’s capital last week in what seemed to be largely a Scientology effort to lobby congress.

Presley is the designated celebrity talking head for the “Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights” (CCHR) founded by Scientology.

Presley and Bush appeared before the House Committee on Government Reform to rap the use of Ritalin and other drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Presley also took time to interview with People Weekly to promote this effort.

It is interesting that United Press International reported crtically about the President’s brother’s appearance with Scientologists. Long-time Bush family friend Rev. Moon, founder of the Unification Church, controls UPI. Perhaps the two “cults” are mutually exclusive to the point of a bit of jealousy.

During the hearings Rep. Constance Morella (R-MD) pointedly exposed the CCHR as little more than a Scientology effort to discredit psychiatry, their perceived nemesis, reports ABC News. Morella quoted the CCHR’s international president, who described psychiatry as a “malignant disease” that “threatens society and ultimately mankind.”

L. Ron Hubbard the founder of Scientology taught his disciples that mental health professionals are virtually Satanic. Perhaps this was because of Hubbard’s struggle with his own demons. He once requested psychiatric help and was apparently given to both fits of hysterical rage and seemingly pathological lying.

Whatever the personal reasons were, which may have motivated Hubbard’s vitriolic attacks against the mental health profession, one thing seems certain. Since Scientology sells itself as the best way to cure or “clear” the mind, psychiatry, psychiatrists and psychiatric drugs represent a competing alternative to their business. And what better way to shoot down the competition than stage an attack before Congress?


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