Missouri’s nickname is the “The Show Me State.” If you live anywhere near the state capital in Jefferson City, it isn’t too late to be shown an exhibit in the Capitol Rotunda on “The Industry of Death.” Today and tomorrow.
In it you will learn:
Twenty-five percent of psychiatrists sexually abuse their patients. Psychiatrists deliberately kill about 10,000 people a year – sounds about right. And for the big surprise, psychiatrists were responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks – guilty by association, at least, since psychiatrists are responsible for the existence of terrorists and suicide bombers. (The Columbia Tribune)
All this and more, courtesy of The Church of Scientology. Because it is a Church, you know. The IRS has granted it tax-exempt status, although most other countries are so unenlightened they consider it a lucrative business and tax the living shit out of it (that’s big revenue). Fortunately the US is a God-fearing land where the right of any superstition to pick your pockets is jealously guarded. And since Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has mercilessly cut mental health services (not enough tax revenues, I guess), there seems to be no conflict with state policy.
The Columbia Tribune’s columnist Scott Christianson is clearly outraged by this exhibit, but makes the point that in Missouri any organization can schedule an exhibit in the Capitol Rotunda. It’s a free speech issue. We can’t quarrel with the principle.
We do wonder, though, if someone wanted to have an atheist exhibit, how difficult would it be to schedule? Maybe our suspicions are groundless. Perhaps the godless exhibit in the State Capitol all the time in Missouri.