Council on Mind Abuse
|Former type||non-profit organization|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Key people||Ian Haworth, President
Rob Tucker, Director
|Services||cult education and consultation|
COMA's Founder and President was Ian Haworth, an international anticult activist from the United Kingdom Haworth also co-founded FOCUS Network in 1982 in Dallas, Texas., which later became a committee of the Cult Awareness Network in 1993. The September 10, 1983 article "Cults" in the Toronto Star by Ian Haworth attracted the attention of Robert C. Tucker, a psychiatric counselor. In 1984, Ian Haworth wrote to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to warn doctors in Ontario about a mass-mailing from Narconon, Scientology's drug and alcohol program. Robert C. Tucker assumed the role of Director in 1987 when Haworth returned to London to found the Cult Information Centre, a non-sectarian, educational charity.
COMA was a target for lawsuits as early as January 1983. COMA remained actively involved in co-operative efforts with other agencies to end ritual child abuse. Litigation aimed at revealing the sources of COMA's funding proved problematic. In 1992, Director Tucker announced the end of COMA after his seven year involvement, noting the damage that lawsuits by Scientology and others had done. He also described the merging goals of cults and corporations: "We have to recognize that cults are successful organizations with techniques now being borrowed by other successful organizations: corporations and others in the power structure interested in how to get people into working for free, and totally motivated."
Ian Haworth continued as General Secretary of the Cult Information Centre, as a public speaker, expert witness and consultant, as well as publishing articles in the national and international media. As late as 2000, Robert C. Tucker was still an active speaker and writer on the subject, attending the ICSA 2000 Conference in Seattle, Washington and talking about his book An Age For Lucifer, which postulated an emerging spirituality of Social Darwinism. Tucker died on March 15, 2003 in Mexico of a heart attack.
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