Florida Business Forced Scientology on Employees, Feds Assert

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The federal government is accusing a Miami business of having forced employees to practice Scientology.


Dynamic Medical Services, which provides medical and chiropractic treatment, is accused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of having compelled at least four of its employees to participate in Scientology religious practices, and of having fired two for their refusal.

The company, in a statement faxed to ABC News, says it prides itself on the diversity of its staff and that it denies that it engaged in any improper or unlawful actions with regard to its employees. It intends, it says, to vigorously defend itself against the government's "baseless allegations" and expects to be vindicated.

The Church of Scientology did not respond to requests for comment by ABC News.

According to the EEOC's complaint, filed May 8, Dynamic Medical, owned by Dr. Dennis Nobbe, violated federal law by requiring employees named in the suit to spend at least half their work days in courses that involved "Scientology religious practices, such as screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving."

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  1. “Scientology religious practices, such as screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving.”

    Those are religious practices? In that case Scientology must be true because you couldn’t make that up!

    • In reply to the article

      According to an EEOC statement, the company required one employee “to undergo an ‘audit’ by connecting herself to an ‘E-Meter,’ which Scientologists believe is a religious artifact, and required her to undergo ‘purification’ treatment at the Church of Scientology.”

      If this is what is required of their employees, one wonders what kinds of horrors they are imposing on their customers.

  2. Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard’s invention to make money from the gullible. It is designed from top to bottom to separate the weak from friends and family then suck them dry of all resources. It is at best amoral, at worst evil. It should be shut down as a criminal organization in my opinion.

  3. Screaming at ashtrays? Now that really is a hard to fake act of commitment. I bet jeebus or Mo would never have thought of that one. Do they do this in public or in a dark cellar after getting bladdered?

    • In reply to #6 by faithless1:

      Staring at someone for eight hours without moving is a FULL work day, if you can call that work.

      I thought they stared at e-meters or some such shit. That sounds like something they couldn’t pay anyone enough to do.

      Steve

  4. Two points here. Firstly, we could be seeing a new recruiting technique for the Tom Cruise brand of sanity crowd here. Merely have Scientology church members who own businesses force thier employees to join the church. None of this business of sending young people with saccharine smiles and an adopted caring manner to recruit rubes off the street anymore. Secondly, I am shocked (and dare I say flabbergasted?) about the attitude of some posters here about chiropractic. Surely this business was providing a valuable service in the local community. After all, it’s name is “Dynamic Medical Services”. While I am unsure how one can provide medical services “dynamically”, it can only be a good thing to do so.

  5. So this is outrageous enough for the FBI to intervene yet when a parochial school fires someone for being outed because it conflicts with the school’s religious values that’s okay?

    Holy preferential treatment, Batman!

    • In reply to #12 by Sensitive Outsider:

      I might be ignorant,but never having suffered back pain so haven’t really paid much attention to it,isn’t chiropractic treatment just another form of nonsense?

      Chiropractic is about on par as other manual methods for back pain, where the wheels come off is their claim that spinal manipulation can cure all sorts of diseases and syndromes which have nothing to do with the condition of the spine. If you have back ache give it a try, if you have acne or malaria you’re in the wrong place.

  6. As a liberal secularist atheist, I am minded largely to live and let live: if people want to believe in fairies or unicorns or Santa, and form clubs about it, that’s OK provided only that they do no harm to others. But Scientology is not a religion. It is a vast Ponzi scheme. It is organised crime, with tax breaks.

    I can buy an ohmmeter for £1.99 on Amazon. It proves the human body conducts electricity and if you sweat a bit you conduct it a bit easier. Or I could by a top-of-the-range e-meter from the “Church” of Scientology for $4,750 and repeat the same experiment. I gather “cleared” members of the cult are pretty much obliged to buy one to show their, um, loyalty and devotion.

    France has quite rightly successfully prosecuted Scientology for fraud. Why does every other country on earth not do the same?

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