In addition to ridding D.C. of a pedophile, the resignation of Republican congressman Mark Foley last week may also be good news for defenders of science. About three years ago, Foley got himself involved with a couple of front organizations for the Church of Scientology. One report, from Cult News, says one of those front groups, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, appears to have used its connection with Foley and other legislators to defeat a series of state “pysch bills” dealing with prescription drugs.
On the other hand, the only hard evidence of a connection between the pedophile and the scientologists is a photo of the former congressman accepting copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics and The Way to Happiness from a couple of Hubbard’s followers, back in 2003 (That’s him on the far right, with scientologist Mary Story, Republican State Committee woman Nancy Riley and Brett Miller of the Clearwater Businessman’s Association.) Guilt by association?
To be fair, I can see why a member of congress might agree to pose for a photo op and accept a book from a group he isn’t all that fond of. He might not even know that the Clearwater Businessman’s Association is really just a Scientologist front. Also, Foley was a U.S. congressman, and his influence over state bills is questionable.
But either way, it’s good that Foley is history.