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Gale Coverage Raises Important Points

Gale Coverage Raises Important Points

The article on Philip Gale in The Tech ["Gale's Death Prompts Questions on Scientology," April 3] brought up some important points, but it left many of them hanging. It was not clear, but I came to the conclusion that Scientology was not a direct influence in Philip's decision because of a discussion I had with his friends. However, it concerns many that his mother was national spokesperson for the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, which specifically speaks out against psychiatry, child psychiatry in particular. Does someone growing up with this background and the similar atmosphere of the Delphi School have any chance to function normally later in life?

An illuminating description of Philip was written by a friend of his who worked with him at Earthlink, and it is now on the memorial web page and also the memorial lamppost by the Green Building. The descriptions and thoughts of friends of his have helped me personally to see who he really was. But the Church of Scientology continues to make this an issue with MIT and the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup. The Church of Scientology has already tried to cover up a number of other mysterious deaths, including that of Lisa McPherson at its headquarters in Florida, and even that of Quentin Hubbard, son of founder L. Ron Hubbard. Meanwhile, across the river, CCHR pamphlets attacking the psychiatric profession are being put on parked cars. We cannot afford to not pay attention, as we have already lost one student life over this.

Matthew S. Munsey '00