If central beliefs or
ultimate concerns have been artificially created, transferred, or
maintained by the application of coercive persuasion which bypassed true
voluntarism, (freedom of conscience without any degree of compulsion in
matters of belief), can there be free exercise rights for these
"beliefs," and can the organization that implemented this technology be
an establishment of religion?
Coercive persuasion is
antithetical to the First Amendment. It contains aspects which could be
interpreted as constituting the illegal acts of fraud, false
imprisonment, coercion, undue influence, involuntary servitude,
intentional infliction of emotional distress, outrageous conduct, and
other tortious acts.
It is the unfair
manipulation of the biological and psychological weaknesses and
susceptibilities of one's fellow men. It is a psychological force not of
a free society, but of a criminal or totalitarian society.
Freedom of religion
cannot exist without first having an absolutely "protected" freedom of
thought. Freedom of religion without this freedom of thought is an
Persuasion and Scientology," by Lawrence Wollersheim