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Simpsons actress, Cartwright, stirs up CoS schools program

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Simpsons’ actress stirs up Springfield with schools program linked to Scientology
Chicago Sun Times 10th May 2011
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5277 ... ology.html
SPRINGFIELD — Bart Simpson is creating a stir at the Statehouse.

The actress who lends her voice to the iconic “The Simpsons” character wants children to love their parents, not break the law and treat others as they want to be treated.
The character-building “Good Choices” program that espouses those virtues and that Nancy Cartwright developed through her non-profit organization could become an accepted tool for public school teachers to teach character development under an Illinois House resolution.

The Emmy Award-winning actress acknowledged in an online video that her program is based on “The Way to Happiness,” a book written by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology of which she is a member.

That tie to Scientology has triggered a backlash from some Republicans, who question why the state would put its imprimatur on Hubbard’s controversial teachings and expose schoolchildren to them, albeit indirectly.

State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), the lead sponsor of House Resolution 254, said even though he’s read but three pages of Hubbard’s “Dianetics,” he is not interested in promoting the Florida-based religion that includes Cartwright and actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta as devotees.

“I’ve been assured it’s not a Scientology promotion,” Burke said. “It’s a separate not-for-profit. It’s just basic good manners, good principles that kids sometimes don’t get exposed to in some of the more challenged areas of our state.”

Burke’s resolution praises the program for teaching “common sense guidelines covering specific tools to help children evaluate situations and make good decisions that will improve life for themselves and others” and encourages its use in state classrooms.

Burke said he was approached about including the Cartwright program by a non-profit organization known as the Good Citizens Foundation, which is headed by a Sycamore chiropractor named Jim McCoy.

The legislator said he is convinced there is no Church of Scientology dogma in Cartwright’s material and only a brief mention of Hubbard “on a back page.” The name of his book is featured on the material’s front cover, based on a representation on Cartwright’s website.

Initial reservations set aside, Burke said he became enthusiastic about backing the resolution because it would be “fun to have Bart Simpson’s voice down there.”

Cartwright is scheduled to testify on behalf of the resolution before a Wednesday House panel and will attend a Springfield reception Tuesday night.

She could not be reached Monday. But a statement from her publicist said, “The importance of education and the teaching of good values, morals and respect for others have been priorities in her efforts. Ms. Cartwright believes this type of curriculum should be integral to the formal learning process.”

Republicans on the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee initially were unaware that Cartwright’s program was influenced by a Hubbard book. Upon learning that, the panel’s ranking Republican voiced concern over the resolution.

“Would we suggest the KKK for something like this?” asked Rep. Jerry Mitchell (R-Sterling), a former school superintendent. “This might be something for a select private school, but I’m not sure it’s germane for a public school.”

“I just think we’re dabbling in a mix we don’t need to be dabbling in,” Mitchell said.

In 2009, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported that Cartwright joined the Scientology church in the 1980s and donated $10 million to the organization in 2007.


The newspaper reported that Cartwright carried the organization’s second-highest ranking, Operating Thetan VII.
Initial reservations set aside, Burke said he became enthusiastic about backing the resolution because it would be “fun to have Bart Simpson’s voice down there.”
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Comment from Rich Miller's "Capitol Fax.com" blog:
http://capitolfax.com/2011/05/10/todays ... and-large/

Plus more mainstream media attention, albeit brief, from NBC...

Voice of Bart Simpson Testifies in Springfield
Nancy Cartwright is promoting a character-building program rooted in Scientology
NBC Chicago 10th May 2011
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Vo ... 58954.html
Bart Simpson is creating controversy in Springfield (the real town in Illinois, not the fictional one on the hit show "The Simpsons").

Nancy Cartwright, the actress who lends her voice to the iconic character, is encouraging members of the House to adopt a program in Illinois schools that encourages children to build good character.

That's not sitting well with some lawmakers who aren't pleased the “Good Choices” program is based on a book by the founder of the Church of Scientology.

"It’s just basic good manners, good principles that kids sometimes don’t get exposed to in some of the more challenged areas of our state,” says State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago) who is sponsoring the resolution.

Cartwright is scheduled to testify on behalf of the program before a House panel Wednesday.
Some comment on the Suntimes article at Studytech.org (critical site)...
http://studytech.org/?p=150

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Post by Sponge » Tue May 10, 2011 3:34 pm

Info on HR254 from the Illinois General Assembly website:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillSta ... D=84&GA=97

Bill Status of HR0254 97th General Assembly

Short Description: GOOD CITIZENS FOUNDATION

House Sponsors
Rep. Daniel J. Burke - Robert W. Pritchard, Joseph M. Lyons, Timothy L. Schmitz, Frank J. Mautino and Linda Chapa LaVia

Hearings

Elementary & Secondary Education Committee Hearing May 11 2011 8:00AM Capitol Building Room 114 Springfield, IL

Last Action

Date Chamber Action
4/14/2011 House Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education Committee

Synopsis As Introduced
Recognizes various programs as qualified to teach character development, and acknowledges that the Good Choices Program is one example of a program fully in compliance with provisions of the School Code concerning character education.

Actions

Date Chamber Action
4/6/2011 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Daniel J. Burke
4/7/2011 House Referred to Rules Committee
4/11/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Joseph M. Lyons
4/14/2011 House Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
4/26/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Timothy L. Schmitz
4/26/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Frank J. Mautino
4/26/2011 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
5/4/2011 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert W. Pritchard

HR0254 LRB097 11351 NHT 53734 r

1 HOUSE RESOLUTION

2 WHEREAS, Section 27-12 of the School Code states that
3 "every public school teacher shall teach character education,
4 which includes the teaching of respect, responsibility,
5 fairness, caring, trustworthiness, and citizenship, in order
6 to raise pupils' honesty, kindness, justice, discipline,
7 respect for others, and moral courage for the purpose of
8 lessening crime and raising the standard of good character";
9 and

10 WHEREAS, School is not the only opportunity for lessons of
11 character development to occur; it is often difficult for
12 school districts and community organizations to identify and
13 find resources and programs that meet the statutory educational
14 requirements, and educational opportunities often arise only
15 in a haphazard way throughout the period of a season or school
16 year; and

17 WHEREAS, Examples of a need for programs that can meet the
18 needs of a changing society are present from institutions of
19 higher education, newspapers, and the media that decry the lack
20 of character development and moral and ethical education and
21 the seeming lack of moral judgment in making business,
22 political, and even personal decisions; and

HR0254 - 2 - LRB097 11351 NHT 53734 r

1 WHEREAS, The Good Citizens Foundation is a new, non-profit
2 organization in this State, founded by James McCoy, D.C., of
3 Sycamore, Illinois, which is dedicated to the mission of
4 identifying secular, non-religious programs of learning that
5 teach moral judgment, character development, and ethical
6 decision-making to future generations; and

7 WHEREAS, The Good Citizens Foundation has discovered,
8 researched, and identified many good character building
9 programs, such as Character Counts!, based on the 6 pillars of
10 character; the Torch Clubs and Keystone Clubs of the Boys and
11 Girls Clubs of America, based on involving pre-teens and teens
12 in their communities; and the Good Choices Program, based on
13 the Way to Happiness; and

14 WHEREAS, These programs have been selected by the Good
15 Citizens Foundation for recommendation as programs that can
16 have great positive impact on the character development of the
17 children of this State; and

18 WHEREAS, Of these programs, those that have been most
19 successfully implemented in a public school, as well as in
20 after-school settings, are Character Counts! and the Good
21 Choices Program, each with programs to fit students from ages 6
22 to 18-years old and with cost-effective training and resources
23 for teachers; and

HR0254 - 3 - LRB097 11351 NHT 53734 r

1 WHEREAS, The Good Choices Program not only satisfies
2 Section 27-12 of the School Code, but also comes with the
3 endorsement, support, and assistance of the Happy House:
4 Building Better Families organization, co-founded by actress
5 Nancy Cartwright; and

6 WHEREAS, The Good Citizens Foundation will maintain a
7 virtual headquarters for the people of this State on the
8 Internet, where it will provide links to all of the programs
9 listed in this resolution, as well as research and identify
10 others; therefore, be it

11 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
12 NINETY-SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
13 we recognize that the programs listed in this resolution are
14 all qualified to teach character development, and that we
15 acknowledge that the Good Choices Program, by virtue of the
16 fact that it teaches common sense guidelines covering specific
17 tools to help children evaluate situations and make good
18 decisions that will improve life for themselves and others, is
19 one example of a program fully in compliance with Section 27-12
20 of the School Code, as it seeks to enhance the character
21 development and potential future moral judgment of the children
22 of this State and, therefore, encourages its use and the use of
23 similar programs by educators, coaches, mentors, and other

HR0254 - 4 - LRB097 11351 NHT 53734 r

1 community service leaders; and be it further

2 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3 presented to the Good Citizens Foundation.
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Post by Sponge » Tue May 10, 2011 8:26 pm

Scientology in Illinois' public schools?
Chicago Tribune (blogs) 10th May 2011
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Sponge wrote:Simpsons’ actress stirs up Springfield with schools program linked to Scientology
Chicago Sun Times 10th May 2011
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5277 ... ology.html
SPRINGFIELD — Bart Simpson is creating a stir at the Statehouse.

The actress who lends her voice to the iconic “The Simpsons” character wants children to love their parents, not break the law and treat others as they want to be treated.
The character-building “Good Choices” program that espouses those virtues and that Nancy Cartwright developed through her non-profit organization could become an accepted tool for public school teachers to teach character development under an Illinois House resolution.

The Emmy Award-winning actress acknowledged in an online video that her program is based on “The Way to Happiness,” a book written by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology of which she is a member.

That tie to Scientology has triggered a backlash from some Republicans, who question why the state would put its imprimatur on Hubbard’s controversial teachings and expose schoolchildren to them, albeit indirectly.

State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), the lead sponsor of House Resolution 254, said even though he’s read but three pages of Hubbard’s “Dianetics,” he is not interested in promoting the Florida-based religion that includes Cartwright and actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta as devotees.

“I’ve been assured it’s not a Scientology promotion,” Burke said. “It’s a separate not-for-profit. It’s just basic good manners, good principles that kids sometimes don’t get exposed to in some of the more challenged areas of our state.”

Burke’s resolution praises the program for teaching “common sense guidelines covering specific tools to help children evaluate situations and make good decisions that will improve life for themselves and others” and encourages its use in state classrooms.

Burke said he was approached about including the Cartwright program by a non-profit organization known as the Good Citizens Foundation, which is headed by a Sycamore chiropractor named Jim McCoy.

The legislator said he is convinced there is no Church of Scientology dogma in Cartwright’s material and only a brief mention of Hubbard “on a back page.” The name of his book is featured on the material’s front cover, based on a representation on Cartwright’s website.

Initial reservations set aside, Burke said he became enthusiastic about backing the resolution because it would be “fun to have Bart Simpson’s voice down there.”

Cartwright is scheduled to testify on behalf of the resolution before a Wednesday House panel and will attend a Springfield reception Tuesday night.

She could not be reached Monday. But a statement from her publicist said, “The importance of education and the teaching of good values, morals and respect for others have been priorities in her efforts. Ms. Cartwright believes this type of curriculum should be integral to the formal learning process.”

Republicans on the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee initially were unaware that Cartwright’s program was influenced by a Hubbard book. Upon learning that, the panel’s ranking Republican voiced concern over the resolution.

“Would we suggest the KKK for something like this?” asked Rep. Jerry Mitchell (R-Sterling), a former school superintendent. “This might be something for a select private school, but I’m not sure it’s germane for a public school.”

“I just think we’re dabbling in a mix we don’t need to be dabbling in,” Mitchell said.

In 2009, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported that Cartwright joined the Scientology church in the 1980s and donated $10 million to the organization in 2007.


The newspaper reported that Cartwright carried the organization’s second-highest ranking, Operating Thetan VII.
Initial reservations set aside, Burke said he became enthusiastic about backing the resolution because it would be “fun to have Bart Simpson’s voice down there.”
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Post by Sponge » Tue May 10, 2011 10:19 pm

skeptic2girl wrote:
[...]

$$$

Time to inundate that office with, phone calls, letters, faxes, telegrams, whatever (no email address available):
Check out what's happening here first:
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... st-1735986
Calls are being made. It sounds like this resolution doesn't stand much chance of getting through.


Comments are lively on the Huffpo Chicago article ....
'Good Choices' Program Promoted By Scientologist 'Simpsons' Actress Debated In Springfield
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/1 ... 59892.html

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Post by skeptic2girl » Tue May 10, 2011 10:31 pm

Sponge wrote:
skeptic2girl wrote:
[...]

$$$

Time to inundate that office with, phone calls, letters, faxes, telegrams, whatever (no email address available):
Check out what's happening here first:
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... st-1735986
Calls are being made. It sounds like this resolution doesn't stand much chance of getting through.


Comments are lively on the Huffpo Chicago article ....
'Good Choices' Program Promoted By Scientologist 'Simpsons' Actress Debated In Springfield
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/1 ... 59892.html

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Post by Sponge » Tue May 10, 2011 11:47 pm

Seems to be seeping in.....

Another article from the Chicago Sun-Times:
Bart Simpson voice actress still coming to Springfield, even though her kids program isn’t
http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/5 ... -isnt.html
[...]

“It suggests that there is an endorsement for Scientology, which was certainly never the intention. I had no interest in Scientology, whatsoever,” Burke said.

The lawmaker said he received calls Tuesday from those opposed to Scientology and learned of one instance where a woman’s father joined the group and left his family completely exhausted of any financial resources.

“There is a suggestion Scientology is a cult, of sorts,” Burke said. “We’ve all heard the controversy about it, but never did I think it was to this desperate extent. These are people who obviously drank the Kool-Aid.”

Burke said Cartwright still will testify before a House panel Wednesday morning despite her program no longer being highlighted in the resolution. She was scheduled to appear at a legislative reception Tuesday night in Springfield.

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Post by anondelmundial » Wed May 11, 2011 3:05 am

Is Cartwright doing an "amends" project? This my question, and my only question. This so out of character (sic) that she must be doing some kind of punishment for not having donated another $10mm to the IAS. :mrgreen:

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Post by Sponge » Wed May 11, 2011 11:29 am

Cartwright is pushing this "Good Choices" program as if it is her own little baby.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQgukzpAVQI
She's got her mug and her endorsement all over it and I think she thinks she's going to turn up at the hearing this morning and just sort it all out. You know, clear up few "MUs". I hope she gets a grounding on precisely why legislators now have doubts because, as a shielded celebrity scientologist, she's not really going to be in a position to answer any concerns about cult controversy. Obviously she genuinely believes she's doing something good, clean and wholesome. Then again, she also believes that she's going to achieve God status from her "religion": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr7N4nGe7pc (Nancy Cartwright on wanting to "be that god" , from 1m 25s into the video) so watch out Chicago!

I'd be interested to know what Fox, the rights owner of the Simpsons cartoon, is going to do about this apparent co-endorsement as seen in the cult's promo video. She might well be able to introduce herself as "Nancy Cartwright the voice of Bart Simpson" but I'm sure they wouldn't have approved this tacit co-opted endorsement especially not with the Bart Simpson character image. She's already tried that on before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct2fU2o-o4w
Back then, Al Jean, Exec. Producer of The Simpsons said, "This is not authorized by us. 'The Simpsons' does not and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger Bars.". At the time, Fox itself had no comment on any action it had taken.

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Post by skeptic2girl » Wed May 11, 2011 3:25 pm

Wow!

That is an especially good video, above -
Then again, she also believes that she's going to achieve God status from her "religion": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr7N4nGe7pc (Nancy Cartwright on wanting to "be that god" , from 1m 25s into the video) so watch out Chicago!
- includes a recording of L. Ron talking cult.

I do remember the first time my friend was describing Scientology to me, when I knew it was really, really wrong was when he told me, "We are all gods." My stomach did a somersalt. Did he really believe that? Apparently Nancy Cartwright does. (How can anyone say that out loud and not realize how ridiculous that sounds? If we're gods, why do we have bad breath in the morning? Why do we get in car wrecks? Why would any god get rained out at a picnic? But I'm pretty sure that Scientology isn't the only religion where people are supposedly gods. Say what you will about Gods/gods/deities. But I'd like to think god wasn't as big a phug-up as your average human.)

It makes me wonder why Tommy Davis, during the infamous walking-out-on-Martin-Bashir interview, didn't simply tell Bashir that L. Ron Hubbard said there were certain Scientology beliefs you just can't talk about. Tom-tom was merely following Hub's instructions.
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Post by Judith Anderson » Wed May 11, 2011 8:48 pm

This is the scariest thing yet, that these cult members really believe they are or will be supreme beings. I shouldn't be startled by it. I think deep down I always realized it. The Nazis also believed that they were God-like beings. The voice of Bart comes from an individual who believes that she has or will have divine powers, which is a mass delusion of the followers of her religion. That should be enough to get "him" canned also.

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Post by Sponge » Thu May 12, 2011 4:07 am

Audio here from Wednesday's statehouse meeting with Bart Simpson....
Article: http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1539860082/ ... Statehouse
Audio page: http://blogs.sj-r.com/podcasts/index.ph ... tatehouse/
Direct Mp3 link: http://blogs.sj-r.com/podcasts/wp-conte ... /barts.mp3


http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clo ... sroom.html
At the House committee hearing, atheist activist Rob Sherman contended no references to any religion should be in endorsed by Illinois. Sitting a few feet apart at the witness table, Cartwright handed Sherman a copy of the “The Way to Happiness.” He maintained the book is a form of Hubbard’s philosophy.

Caught somewhat in the middle was Rep. Dan Burke, D-Chicago, who explained he had sought ways to help build character in youngsters today and offered a resolution with suggestions. He said he will amend the legislation to remove any unintended references which could be interpreted as faith-based.

“We’re going to make it as palatable, might we say, as we possibly can get it,” Burke said. “Don’t want to offend anyone, and we certainly don’t want to be accused of bringing religion into a state issue. I’m a firm believer of the separation of church and state, and we’re going to make that perfectly clear.”
That to me doesn't sound like the complete backtrack that one would expect considering what we were hearing on the previous day's updates.
"make it palatable" ??? wtf does that mean?
Never mind the gift wrapping, is the Hubbard bullshit going to be there or not?

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...and some interesting observations from photos of the statehouse meeting yesterday morning.....
(ref: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... st-1738484 )
Anonymous wrote:Is that former OSA Chicago Investigations Officer and now attorney S. Randolph Kretchmer sitting behind Nancy C**twright?

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Darth Xander wrote:That's my buddy!
Anonymous wrote:Here's another photo of him with his glasses on.

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Anonymous wrote:For those newfags:
Randy Kretchmer was the guy who conspired to murder Cynthia Kisser, former executive director of the original Cult Awareness Network. So much for "The Way to Happiness", but rather "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause."

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Post by Sponge » Thu May 12, 2011 7:46 pm

Social activist Rob Sherman, with a little self-promotion, reports from his angle...
Sherman stops Scientology at the Illinois Capitol
http://www.robsherman.com/news/2011/05/12.htm
[...]
It doesn't matter whether a person realizes that the 21 points of HMGC or TWH are the fundamental precepts of a particular religion. It doesn't matter whether anybody realizes or understands that, when you choose to change your life by embracing the fundamental precepts of a different religion from one's own, that's called a religious conversion. When somebody embraces the 21 points of HMGC or TWH, it is a religious conversion that has taken place.

It's not the job of government, or our public school teachers, to convert the nation's children to become Scientologists, or to become adherents of any other particular religion, even if the proponents of such religious conversion claim that it supposedly will accomplish the secular purpose of improving one's character. It is not the job of government to decide which religion's moral code that the nation's children should be encouraged to subscribe to.

That was my message to the House of Representatives, yesterday, and they agreed with me. The Scientologists who testified, yesterday, at the Committee hearing, insisted that HMGC has nothing to do with religion or Scientology, but if you compare HMCG to Scientology's TWH, you'll immediately recognize that it's exactly the same thing.

HMCG is religion and it is Scientology, despite the denials of the obvious by the Scientologists. In fact, Scientology ought to affirm that HMCG and TWH are Scientology, rather than denying the link while simultaneously saying that they are the sponsor of the programs.

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The Resolution's sponsor, Dan Burke (D-23), said that he will amend House Resolution 254 to address my concerns. He said that he is a strong supporter of state-church separation and realizes that the Resolution, in its current form, does not adequately address state-church separation issues.

I told Dan that, working together, we should be able to come up with a Resolution that achieves his goal of facilitating character education for public school students, while addressing my concerns regarding state-church separation. I told him that I look forward to supporting his amended Resolution.

Here are links to stories, yesterday, in the mainstream press about my successful efforts to stop the Scientologists from having their fundamental religious precepts being taught in public schools as supposedly being a non-religious moral code:

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Also, from the official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. .......
Reading, Writing And Scientology?: ‘Bart Simpson’ Argues For Church-Affiliated Program In Schools – And We Have A Cow, Man
http://blog.au.org/2011/05/12/reading-w ... a-cow-man/

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