Brian Sheen files civil rights complaint against Scientology

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Father files civil rights complaint against Church of Scientology, say he can't speak to daughter

    By Michelle Quesada, WPTV NBC 5, West Palm Beach

    A Boynton Beach man says his family is being torn apart by the Church of Scientology, which he says has labeled him an enemy.

    One of the happiest times for Brian Sheen was the day his only daughter got married. "She just got married for the second time, we were in San Francisco, it was beautiful," said Brian Sheen.

    When he gave his daughter away, he didn't think it would be forever. "It's been heartbreaking and the last three months I’ve been trying to figure out what do I do," added Sheen.

    Sheen's daughter is a Scientologist. He was shocked when he received a letter from the Church of Scientology two months after the wedding, declaring him a "suppressive" person and notifying him his only contact with Scientologists should be with the International Justice Chief.

    "They believe that I am actively seeking to suppress or damage them," added Sheen, reading off the letter he says he received.

    Sheen says his daughter was as shocked as he was. "She didn’t know what was happening, she was very upset, she couldn’t believe it could possibly happen," added Sheen.

    He filed a civil rights complaint with the state, hoping the church's actions would be seen as a violation of his civil rights.

    In the meantime, Sheen says if his daughter reaches out to him, she could risk her marriage and her status as a Scientologist. "If she would talk to me everything she has would be taken from her because she would then get the same declaration and they wouldn’t be able to speak to her," added Sheen.

    In his mind, he keeps replaying the last conversation he had with his daughter. "I love you. Just know I always support you and we'll someway find a way to get together," added Sheen.

    We reached out to Sheen's daughter, but have not received a call back.

    A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology would not comment on the letter Sheen says he received.

    Public Affairs Direction Pat Harney issued this statement: "The Church of Scientology does not comment on the private family matters of our parishioners. For accurate information about our beliefs and practices, please see the frequently asked questions at [cult link removed]."

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  3. Picture of father and daughter in happier times.

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  4. RightOn Member

    snif snif fresh meat?
  5. anon8109 Member

    I doubt this can win in court, but media attention is good.

    The court can't force scientology to stop breaking up families. It's up to the homo novis themselves to decide which is more important to them.
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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Boynton Beach man claims Scientology keeping him from daughter

    By Alexandra Seltzer, Palm Beach Post


    Sheen was also a member of the church but said he decided to leave about 40 years ago because of differences he had with the religion. His daughter and her mother are members, and Sheen said he always supported his daughter in that. He said his brother recently entered back into the church and thinks he might have something to do with the letter he received.

    The letter came by Fed Ex in April and labeled Sheen a “suppressive” person. The church defines a suppressive person as one who “actively seeks to suppress or damage Scientology or a Scientologist by Suppressive acts,” according to the letter. Sheen said the letter says if he doesn’t follow the church rules he will be kept in this position and won’t be able to speak to his daughter again. And, if his daughter does speak to Sheen, she would lose her marriage and wouldn’t be able to speak to her friends and her mother, Sheen said.

    Sheen says the church discriminated against him because of his religious beliefs. On July 4 he filed a Civil Rights complaint. He’s also created a website to spread awareness and is calling for politicians to get involved and demand the church either stop the disconnection policy, or make interested church members aware they might have to disconnect with friends or family not associated with Scientology.

    “What I’m hoping to do is be able to help other people because I know there are hundreds and thousands of other people across the country like me,” Sheen said. “I’m not the first person here.”

    The full article, with open comments, is here:
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  8. Random guy Member

    The PR fallout of this could be delicious.
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  9. Incredulicide Member

    From Amazon's Author page, Brian J. Sheen:
    After exploring the teachings of Timothy Leary, Transcendental Meditation and other eastern philosophies, Sheen began studying Dianetics at age 17 and began training in New York. He then traveled to London to attend the Hubbard College near London before he went on to study advanced metaphysical techniques at their training school in Portugal and Spain. After completing his studies, he moved to Boston and worked as a management consultant, life coach and alternative therapist at the Executive Education Center. Then in 1975 he moved to West Palm Beach, Florida to co-manage a group of struggling enterprises involved in International Communications while establishing a new Dianetics Counseling Group to share his knowledge of the mind and spirit, However after establishing a flourishing center a growing disillusionment with the organization led him to leave it.

    After his departure from the Dianetics Center, Sheen worked for investment planning groups such as Bache and Co. (later Prudential Securities), Dean Witter Reynolds, E.F. Hutton and Merrill Lynch. To provide a wider array of financial planning services, Sheen began studying the new field of financial planning and joined the second graduating class of the College of Financial Planning to earn his CFP designation. He became one of the first independent CFP's by forming the Sheen Investment Management Group. During his time as President of the firm, he wrote Your Money or Your Life to share his diversified portfolio theory of placing investment, which later was further developed in his GP Putnam Son's best selling book Nest Egg Investing. During these years his financial advice he appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today and on hundreds of other radio, TV and media outlets throughout the United States. He also established his own radio show called the Sheen Investment Hour.

    Sheen's success in this role was not to last. The early 1990s recession and an unprecedented move by the IRS retroactively reversing certain tax laws causing investors to return previous tax savings made in real estate limited partnership investments. Sheen, like all the leading investment bankers, became the subject of investors dissatisfaction because of this and was subject to several lawsuits. each which were later dismissed as there was no way to know these tax laws would be changed retroactively in the future. This, combined with a series of personal crises, forced Brian to reevaluate his life and to return to his earlier concern with helping people better themselves not just financially but spiritually and physically. This transformation was outlined in his book, When Life Becomes Overwhelming.

    Brian devoted several years of his life to studying with spiritual practitioners around the world. Like a modern journeyman, Brian traveled to Africa, India, Egypt, England and South America and researched ancient wisdom and modern para-psychology while training with people such as Dr. Alexander Lowen, Dr. Brian Weiss, Richard Wayne Bandler, Credo Mutwa, Dr. Stanislav Graf, Swami Shyam, Ken Wapnick, Bert Hellinger and Carolyn Myss. While doing this he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Hypnotherapy from American Pacific University, specializing in Psychoneuroimmunology. After finishing this period of travel and education, he purchased the Quantum Healing Center in Delray Beach, Florida and began leading group classes and taking individual clients for deep healing working.

    While there he encountered many clients concerned with their children's behavior in school and home who asked him to formulate classes to be taught similar skills as the ones they learned in a way suited to their specific needs. Brian responded to these children, often identified as having ADD/ADHD, by formulating the Clearminded Children Program. Combining wellness coaching, meditation, NLP and several other of the other practices Brian specialized in - he was able to get improve grades and behavior without the recourse to psychotropic drugs. The success of the program later earned him a place on the Palm Beach County Wellness Task Force, where he advocated for a change in school curriculum to address the needs of children. This program was later renamed The Attention Dynamics Program as while it's initial focus was for children, the skills taught are applicable to parents and adults.

    Sheen founded The Florida Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  10. Ugh. So he's a woo salesman.
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  11. From Smurf on ESMB:

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    Well, it will certainly be interesting to watch future developments considering who Spring Sheen Austin married...ring married Ryan Atkinson-Baker, Alan & Sheila's son. Alan & Sheila are major $$$ whales for the cult.

    "Sheila and Alan Atkinson-Baker — Platinum Laureate with Honors ($13 million)"|

    Spring's mother: &

    Spring's sister:

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  12. RightOn Member

    the fall out is already DEELISH
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    The story of Brian Sheen and his ‘disconnected’ Scientology daughter you haven’t heard

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

    The first thing that surprised us in our conversation with Brian Sheen was that he had actually sought help from attorneys before he took matters into his own hands.

    Really? Anyone we know?

    “Ken Dandar. I talked to him about my situation,” Sheen said, and we did a double-take. Dandar? The Tampa attorney who fought Scientology tooth and nail for years over the death of Lisa McPherson, one of the darkest periods in Scientology history? That Dandar?

    “Yeah, I talked to Ken about suing them. He told me his hands were tied,” he added.

    Well, yeah. Not only because there didn’t seem to be obvious grounds for a lawsuit, but also because, you know, Ken Dandar is currently under a million-dollar go-for-the-throat court judgment won by the Church of Scientology against him that the church, we have no doubt, plans to use to grind Dandar into a fine powder.

    But still, points to Sheen for creativity. Who was this guy?

    We asked Sheen to start from the beginning. Where was he from? New York, he said. And he told us that he first got into Scientology in 1970 at the New York org.

    There's lots more here:
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  14. anon8109 Member

    Ken was declared SP most likely so that the Scientology corporation could get the money his brother inherited.
    Ken's brother wasn't progressing on the "bridge" so the company told him to find the SP in his life, and he chose to name his brother Ken.

    Ken's disconnection from his daughter is just the fallout from this.
  15. DeathHamster Member

    I doubt he was asked to name his brother.

    Once they start, they'd go through his folders and then pull the folders of everyone around him. Once the Inquisition found that refund from 36 years ago, they would have pounced on it as the Why and Ken as the Who.
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  16. DeathHamster Member

    A woo-peddler with an unaccredited diploma-mill degree, but that doesn't excuse Scientology's actions.
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Florida rejects complaint over Scientology ‘disconnection,’ but Brian Sheen unbowed

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker


    He tells us that the commission told him he has two problems. First, his complaint doesn’t really fit any of the areas covered by the Florida Commission on Human Relations, a body that considers discrimination claims in the areas of employment, housing, whistleblowing, and public accommodations. And second, they told him he runs into the issue of Scientology’s own First Amendment rights as a religion to practice as they see fit. (Where have we heard that one before?)

    Brian tells us that he’s amended his complaint to deal with those issues, and he’s resubmitted it. We don’t really see much of a change, however. He’s running into the same problem — his daughter is a grown woman living in California, and she’s following a policy (“disconnection”) set up by a group she voluntarily belongs to, as toxic as that policy is. We feel for Brian, but we don’t see grounds for a lawsuit, and we don’t see how a state commission can step in.

    But Brian told us he’s taking another approach as well, and this one seems more interesting, at least to us. He fired off a letter to the parents of his daughter’s new husband, Ryan Atkinson-Baker.
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  18. DeathHamster Member

    The Atkinson-Bakers are old guard Scientologists, lots of luck with that.
  19. anon8109 Member

    Brian is trying to reconnect with his daughter by asking her in-laws, who are wealthy homo novii and with whom he got along with, to pressure the cult into rescinding the "SP declare".

    I don't think this will work, but I'm glad Brian is trying to do everything he can think of.

    What really needs to happen is for his daughter to quit the cult, but given that she just got married, it's not likely to happen soon since it would mean getting a divorce or convincing her husband and in-laws to quit.

    Brian wasn't on the cult's radar up until his daughter married a scientology whale. The cult is clearly worried about losing the whale which is why the sudden need to cut the wog father out of the picture.
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Brian Sheen continues to fight Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ in unique and unusual ways

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, April 8, 2016


    Last July, we told you the complex saga of Brian Sheen, a Florida man whose grown daughter cut him out of her life on instructions of the Church of Scientology for reasons that were maddeningly murky.

    Sheen had been very active in Scientology decades ago, but had left it in 1979. Since then, he’d never been antagonistic toward the organization, and he never discouraged his daughter Springsong from being a member. In 2014, he happily attended as Springsong married into a wealthy Scientology family — the Atkinson-Bakers, who own a national court-reporting business.

    So when Sheen got a letter last April informing him that he had been declared a “suppressive person” by the Church of Scientology and would need to perform an amends project in order to get back into the good graces of the organization, he says he was completely taken by surprise. But more importantly, he soon heard from his daughter, who told him that until he completed the project, she couldn’t have anything to do with him. She was disconnecting.

    Sheen has fought back in interesting ways. He filed a civil rights complaint to a Florida commission which was denied, and he created a website trying to raise awareness about Scientology’s policy that rips apart families.

    And now that it’s been a year since he was declared, Sheen wanted to share with us what he’s been doing since we last wrote about him.

    “I saw my daughter,” he told us, and that definitely got our attention. He said he went to see her on March 28. What happened? we asked him.

    “I was out in California, and I went to her place and knocked on the door,” he said. And?

    “I didn’t have any idea of what would happen. But it was very clear that she was really stressed out to see me, that’s for sure.”

    So she wasn’t cooperative?

    “The question she kept asking was, why are you here?”

    When we wrote about Brian last July, we managed to get Springsong on the phone and talked to her for several minutes. Our conversation tended to bolster what Sheen had told us, that he believed she was disconnecting from him on instructions from the church and not because she really wanted to turn away from her own father. “I love my dad very much and I want him to sort things out. And he knows what he needs to do,” she told us.

    But this time, Sheen says, things had changed.

    “It’s clear that she looks at me like now I really am an enemy to the church, and therefore to her. And even though I tried to bring in information about what a fraud L. Ron Hubbard was, and why I’ve taken the position I have, it was just really weird,” he said. “It was like my daughter, who loves me, who I always had a loving relationship with, now it was dad, you need to go to the church and you need to do your ‘a to e.’ I told her there’s no way I’d submit myself to this church I call evil. They don’t follow their own policies, why should I pay them a few thousand dollars to get in good standing? They need to make amends to me.

    “It didn’t go very well,” he added.

    “At one point she said, ‘I’m not brainwashed. I’m not a robot.’ It’s clear to me they have spent a lot of time detailing to her what my ‘high crimes’ are supposed to be. She knows about my website. The TV spots. Your story about it.”

    She may also have been told about a visit Sheen made in January to Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater.

    “I wanted to see the Master at Arms. I wanted to see my file. Instead, they escorted me off the property and put a private investigator on me who followed me around Clearwater,” he said.

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  21. RightOn Member

    I am really glad that all these people are speaking out against disconnection of their children and family members. Actually, I am over joyed.
    And it's the way to go to tug on the heart strings of the public so that the authorities will launch an investigation. MAYBE some day.
    But be aware that many people in the general public will say why did you get your kids involved in the cult in the first place? It's your fault!
    They won't understand the brain washing aspect of it all.
    But I too get so angry just thinking of all the parents that gave their kids up to the Sea Org to further their climb up the bridge and now they can't get their kids out.
    The whole thing just sucks.
  22. I wanted to add this:

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    In an act of protest, Sheen posted a document at the Fort Harrison Hotel in the style of Martin Luther. Sheen’s “95 Theses” contained his indictments of Scientology, but they were quickly torn down by Scientologists who called the police on him.

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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Brian Sheen’s slick new video slamming Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, August 27, 2016


    You remember Brian Sheen, the Florida man who has been trying to find a way to interest the state in intervening over the Church of Scientology forcing his daughter, who lives in California, to disconnect from him.

    We wrote the first lengthy story about Brian and his Scientology background, and we expect that you’ll be hearing a lot more about him in coming weeks.

    Brian wanted us to share with you a slick new video he’s put together explaining how Scientology lies to its own members about its practices and ethics. Give it a look and spread it around. We think you’ll find that it makes some good points.

  24. RightOn Member

    Great vid!!
  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Fraud and Mind Control of the Cult of Scientology | Brian Sheen

    Learn how this cult uses fraud and mind control to manipulate people in giving them all their money and taking control of their lives. Follow the path one person, Brian Sheen,took that kept him in an hypnotic state for 45 years before he awakened to discover the massive fraud and mind control he had become a victim of which led to the ripping apart of his family from this cult's policy of disconnection.
  26. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology disconnection: A toxic policy that punishes innocent people every day of the week

    By Tony Ortega, April 6, 2017


    “This has been a deeply emotional and mental challenge. Having my heart broken with my daughter’s forced disconnection has had me experience powerful forces trying to keep her safe and maintain the integrity of my family. Working with government agencies to protect my constitutional rights has been an education, and it’s been very disappointing. Discovering the atrocities that the Church of Scientology and many other ‘religions’ get away with while hiding behind the First Amendment has turned me into an activist for constitutional rights. It’s something I never imagined at this stage of my life, but I accept with faith that it will help bring good,” he says.

    “It’s been disheartening to wake up to the fraud that Scientology was built on and explore the many books and discussions of all the harm they have done over the past 40 years. But it’s been empowering too. I feel empowered to share with my daughter the facts I have learned so she could make an informed decision about whether she wanted to be involved or not, and not have this emotional blackmail, intimidation, and extortion determine the outcome. I still have faith that sooner or later my efforts to reach her will succeed and we will look back and laugh at all the insanity that this cult wrought upon us, as well as the many other families harmed by the church and all their celebrities and major donors who clearly demonstrate the disassociated and deranged influences of going ‘OT’ and having your ability to question authority removed.”

    More at
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  27. Birthday message from Brian Sheen to his Scientology Disconnected daughter Spring Sheen Atkinson-Baker.

    * * * * * BEGIN INTRODUCTION * * * * *

    Brian Sheen

    Published on May 24, 2017

    This is a dedication of a music video I produced 20 years ago celebrating the power of our core impulse to keep moving forward to embrace the love and joy of our human existence. My prayer is that my daughter,Spring Sheen Atkinson-Baker will see this video to be awakened from her hypnotic state the Cult of Scientology has her in to move forward in her life and find true freedom and happiness.

    * * * * * END INTRODUCTION * * * * *
  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Disconnected at birth — another infuriating Scientology saga

    By Tony Ortega, September 16, 2017


    We’ve written several stories about Brian Sheen, a Florida man who left Scientology many years ago, but who never had a problem with his daughter, Spring, continuing in the organization. But after Spring married into a wealthy Scientology donor family in 2014, she got the order from the church to cut off all contact with her father.

    Sheen was devastated, and tried to fight back by complaining to the state government. He’s also put out several interesting videos, and a website about his daughter.

    Then, this week, he received bittersweet news. He’s a grandfather.

    “I didn’t even know my daughter was pregnant,” Brian tells us.

    He’s grateful that he’s received photographs of his new grandson, Leo, but Scientology disconnection will keep him from meeting the little boy.

    And Brian Sheen’s crime?

    Well, that’s just it. As we explained in previous stories, Sheen has never been given a clear answer from the church why his daughter had to cut off all ties from him. As far as he knows, he’s being punished for walking away from the church more than 30 years ago.

    Continued at
  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology: Distorted Perception, Delusional Beliefs and Demented Actions | Brian Sheen


    Why do intelligent and once caring people get trapped in supporting an organization which breaks families apart, encourages members to attack and destroy members who decide to leave? Why would these people accept directions by their "church" to do all they can to destroy anyone who points out their fraudulent statements and false promises for which they have been found guilty again and again in courts throughout the world? This was the question I asked and feel it has never been fully answered as to why, until now! This video may shock you to think these completely crazy made up science fiction fantasies are in fact the hidden doctrine of Scientology and you may be stunned to learn what the "advanced" OT Scientologists go through in their Don Quixote quest to become a super human with god like spiritual powers. Sadly, will learn, how in fact the opposite happens and the mind control techniques Scientology uses creates dis-associative personalities, bi-polar disorders, schizophrenia, paranoia and delusions of grandiosity!

    And while you digest all that you hear and see I would like you to ask yourself a couple of question; should a group like this be allowed to create these brainwashing conditions with their members while being supported with our tax dollars? should any group like this not be held responsible for the continue violation of members and non- members constitutional rights causing enormous suffering and damages?

    If you feel as I do and millions of others watching these horrors be revealed on this video and in Leah Remini's TV series Scientology Aftermath, Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker blog and the scores of books, documentaries and websites that reveal the depths of this organizations depravities, please share this video with your congressmen and senators, your state representatives, attorney generals and anyone you know who was or is currently involved in this cult of lies and greed.

    The inability to access different perspectives on knowledge and ask and get answers to questions is the essence of how a cult works. I feel blessed to have withdrawn from this organization 40 years ago because they simply did not deliver what they promised. When I left I had no idea of the huge fraud Hubbard was and wouldn't learn of the of this fraud until 37 years later. However being involved sparked many questions inside me I wanted answered and I spent the next 35 years traveling throughout the world to study was masters in their own fields: meditation, NLP, Bioenergetics, Formative Psychology, shamanism. yoga, regressions,transpersonal hypnotherapy, ayurveda and so much more. I found each modality of therapy had validity and could produce predictable and observable improvements when utilized well. Often I found procedures worked best when I integrated different modalities to flow with the client and what they respond best to as well as what their fundamental values and beliefs were based on. Their belief system was the foundation to help them shift, grow,improve and heal. This is why I eventually began the Florida Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to educate students of the diversity of paths and the many possibilities of integrating them. My approach is shown in my online coaching program of, my 7 Keys For Attention Development app and in my many audio recordings at I am proud to have used these past 40 years well building my approach based on such pioneers as Dr John Sarno, De Candace Pert, Dr Alexander Lowenstein, Dr Hans Selye and so many more.

    I hope wherever you are in your journey you remember to question everything and learn to trust the shifts you do experience that are helpful and bring you greater peace, awareness and wellness. Enjoy your journey!

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