All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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Asked to comment on the Hutchinsons' story, Richard Haworth, spokesman for the Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, said he had not seen their lawsuit. When a reporter offered to give him a copy, he declined to accept it.
In general, he said, "Scientology helps parents and children to improve their relationships with each other."
He denied that Scientologists are taught not to have sympathy for their children. "A child that is sick or hurt will get compassion, love and understanding to help him get well," he said.
On the matter of Scientologists not discussing their auditing experiences with each other, Haworth said someone who talks about the experience might upset others, without helping himself or herself advance spiritually.
The Church of Scientology in Georgia did not return phone calls from the Times.