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Copyright (c) 1996 The School of Law Texas Tech University
Texas Tech Law Review

ESSAY: Scientology Ethics and Psychiatric Injustice


27 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1011


by Timothy Bowles *



The Twentieth Century has not been a cakewalk. While our advances in science and technology have made possible the real prospect of a civilized world community, the reason, ethics and justice that would establish a secure society and lasting peace have been repeatedly crushed by the madness of global war and genocide. In this century, more people have died in the cause of freedom -- and at the hands of technological "advancement" -- and more put to death for their religion than at any other period of recorded history.

While some say that the past one hundred years delivered lessons that have enabled a more stable and interdependent world, we need not look very far for signs to the contrary -- decaying, ineffective educational systems, growing drug dependence and spiralling crime. These herald the next century as more inhumane than the one that is passing.

I am a lawyer because human survival depends on a social framework to support the basic rights and nature of mankind to create and change conditions for the better. One of the marks of any great civilization is the availability of swift justice. While our profession and the judiciary that complements it are populated with bright, dedicated and responsible individuals, it does not take a rocket scientist to conclude that the legal system too is losing ground to the faceless mob. In my home city of Los Angeles, major social unrest has become more regular than significant movements of the earth.

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