If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we aren’t fans of the Scientologists. There’s been so much information from former members, and family of members, that show that this organization is no bueno. Way back in 2015, they bought a piece of property near Thurmont on which they wanted to open a Narconon facility to treat drug addicts. ( You can read our stories from that time period here.) The problem? They have no idea what they are doing. In fact, these facilities are dangerous and have been shut down in other jurisdictions. The story in today’s Frederick News Post also talks about the 4 deaths in 200 bed facility since 2009.
We checked case search every now and again, and kept seeing that the Scientologists were given extension after extension and extension. This week some compromise was met that will allow them to have an 8 bed facility. Why even bother? Hopefully they won’t be able to sucker 8 people, who are desperate and therefore very vulnerable to this kind of thing, into their “facility”. Sure we have a huge opioid problem in our county, but sticking people in saunas isn’t the answer to it.
According to the editorial board of the Frederick News Post, we are likely to see the historical designation needed for The Church of Scientology to run a drug rehab and/or group home pass. Shuffling uncomfortably while staring at our feet isn’t going to cut it. The editorial is meant to help us swallow the inevitable from Narconon. No methadone or antidepressants from Scientologists, just bitter pills to swallow. In order to avoid entangling the county in a lawsuit, council members will need to take the first step toward accepting a treatment program that seemingly has no steps. Despite Narconon‘s track record for scams and untimelydeaths, they enjoy status as a protected religion under Scientology, and Scientology specializes in exploiting its tax status and religious freedoms in a manner quite similar to the notoriously heinous Westboro “God Hates Fags” Baptist Church.
A word of appreciation is due to Jerry Donald for his efforts to find whatever may be there to satisfy his constituents. Everyone from the Scientologists to the Honeybee Lobby is hunting for the thing that will achieve the end each sees fit, before this matter is put to a vote.
Something desperately needs to change, but it seems probable that denying the historical designation isn’t going to fly. The next steps the community can take will be to ensure that the State knows that Frederick County is watching (a No Narconon at Trout Run Facebook group is a wealth of information). Perhaps state licensing and group home designations may not be compatible with their intended facility. If regulations cannot prevent the facility from opening, regulations for operation must be vigilantly enforced.
Who loves government regulations? This guy, that’s who. Listen up,Xenu. We’ve got our eyes on you.