Sunday, 3 June 2012

Families Divided by a "religion".

The Evening Herald

by Merese Mc Donagh

Cult's damaging personality test.

Families divided by a "religion".

Tony Phelan doesn't know his nieces and nephews. He has seen his 81-year-old
father twice since February 1995. That is when Tony and his family had a
confrontation on the Late Late Show about the church of Scientology. Tony is
37 years old and one would imagine should be entitled to join any religion
he likes. But like the Fortune family from Gorey, Co. Wexford, the Phelan
family believe their brother has been brainwashed by what they consider to
be "a destructive cult". As Joe and Ann Fortune stood outside the
Scientologists Irish headquarters in Dublin holding placards which read:
"Free Our Son" Tony Phelan's brother-in-law recounted how he had withdrawn
from his family.

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