In Philadelphia, Church of Scientology Watchdog Group Exhibits the Horrors of Psychiatry

Philadelphia — What used to be West Coast Video on 15th street just South of Walnut is no longer renting videos… it is showing videos. The videos are not blockbusters; they have been produced by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group co-founded by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szaszs. The exhibit shows multimedia presentations on the horrors that have been committed by psychiatrists throughout history.

Many topics are covered in the exhibit. Some of the titles of presentations are “Using Politics to Destroy Lives,” “Controlling Man as an Animal,” and “Behind Eugenics and the Holocaust.” According to a quote from Dr. Thomas Szasz that is displayed in the exhibit, “Institutional psychiatry’s most important characteristic is the use of force and fraud.”