After my post on Friday detailing how one of the ‘recovered’ poster children of Generation Rescue was in fact diagnosed, treated and recovered by Scientologists (people who do not, by definition, believe in psychiatric conditions), I was forwarded another piece of information that really did make me sit back in my chair and wonder where this was all leading.
Dan Burton is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana. He is a firm believer in the autism/vaccine connection, being on record as stating:
“My only grandson became autistic right before my eyes â€“ shortly after receiving his federally recommended and state-mandated vaccines”
He has acted in the interests of various parent led organisations who claim to be autism advocates and has become a powerful voice.
However, as the saying goes: behind every great man…
The people behind Dan Burton include (or used to) one Sarah Elizabeth (Beth) Clay who:
Beth Clay is Congressman Burton’s assistant, and Burton is the Chair of the House Oversight Committee.
This puts Ms Clay in a position of some strength with a man who is in a powerful position. In fact, as we can see Ms Clay has lobbied for SafeMinds, one of the largest antivax/autism movements, on numerous occasions.
Ms Clay also runs her own lobbying organisation BC and A International:
During her Capitol Hill tenure, Ms. Clayâ€™s work focused on several breakthrough issues, including: complementary and alternative medicine, dietary supplement regulation, the epidemic rise in rates of autism spectrum disorders…..issues…..mercury and heavy metal toxicity
CCHR was founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Thomas Szasz.
Yup, Beth Clay, Assistant to Congressman Dan Burton and hired gun of SafeMinds is a Scientologist, or works with them.
We now have several DAN! doctors who are scientologists, several thiomersal/autism lawyers who are scientologists, a ‘cured’ child who was diagnosed (partly), treated and ‘cured’ by scientologists and now one Congressman who’s advisor is a scientologist. We also have one indirect link from scientology to Generation Rescue (in the shape of Julia Berle, founding parent of that organisation and mother to the ‘cured’ child described above) and one direct link from scientology to SafeMinds in the shape of Beth Clay.
Maybe its worth reminding ourselves what Scientology is. According to ex-scientologist, Roland Rashleigh-Berry, Scientology is:
….a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. Its purpose is to make money. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their money and their lives
The founder of this cult, L Ron Hubbard, once said:
Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion
Or maybe sell snake oil.