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Reputations and Good Names (by Peter Spektrum)



This news story was published on March 4, 2011.
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I want to draw a comparison to the recent awarding of $85,000 to Shane Philpott’s Christian Fellowship Church for “slanderous” comments allegedly made by Logan Wernet and Michael Lashbrook, with slanderous damage done by local psychiatrists towards their patients, diagnosing people as mentally impaired, although the psychiatrists possess no substantial medical evidence to back their claims up. I want to show how equal compensation should be awarded to people whose lives have been upended for the worse…having legal burdens placed upon them with involuntary incarceration in mental institutions and hospital wards (5 East for example), forced drugging with toxic and dangerous chemical agents (Haloperidol / Fluphenazine etc.), adjudication as mentally incompetent by local magistrates, had their 2nd amendment right to own and carry arms stripped away from them, denied military service and many government jobs-including law enforcement positions, and generally vexed with the lifelong stigma of having been labeled “schizophrenic, bi-polar” or “just plain nuts”, as the diagnosis becomes public knowledge. I want to show that awarding institution’s rights to petition the courts and win substantial compensatory damages for their “reputations”, as inherently unfair for courts to grant audience exclusively to large organizations, while denying individual citizens-burdened with the disadvantage of singularity. If we are to award institutions the privilege of not being slandered against, then surely we should extend this right to the individual. It’s time we open up the courts and allow people who have been unfairly stigmatized and damaged by the unsubstantiated medical opinion of the still fledgling field of psychiatry the chance for their cases to be heard. As the wrongs done by the field of psychiatry are numerous, onerous, and egregious…I could understand why the courts would not want to make justice available to the “least among us”. As a mere 9.5% (and rising) of the total pop ulation are rendered severely mentally impaired…why bother? We should bother because the “good name” of a church should not trump the good name and rights for individual citizens to be free from psychiatric stigma and tyranny. Watching large, well-funded churches receive large monetary settlements from tax payers dollars to uphold their “good names” while local people adjudicated erroneously as mentally impaired, and the subsequent fallout that goes with it, without recompense should strike any careful thinking citizen as unjust.

Peter Spektrum|

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